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Design in Detroit: The Art of Building Rehab

Had the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich. built its new school from scratch, there’s a good chance students would be toiling away in isolated classrooms right now. They surely wouldn’t be an elevator ride from a startup incubator, or steps from an arched auditorium that draws international luminaries to events. But the school didn’t build new. It accepted a neglected building donated by General Motors: the historic Argonaut, a 760,000-square-foot research center originally built in 1928. Read more... Read more

Four Cities Chosen for $40 Million Investment in Public Spaces

Can investment in parks, libraries and recreation centers help reverse the worrisome trend of economic and social segregation in cities? Four national foundations are betting big on that theory. Starting today The JPB Foundation, Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation are coming together to invest a total of $20 million in public spaces in four cities: Akron, Chicago, Detroit and Memphis. That money will be combined with $20 million in matched funding from local sources, resulting in... Read more

Once Fringe Greening Ideas Now Key Part of Detroit Rebirth

It wasn’t so long ago in Detroit that proposals for bicycle lanes, urban farms, mass tree plantings and other alternative uses for urban land were viewed as soft-headed or even harmful. But today these ideas and others like them have gone mainstream. This “greening” of Detroit’s land and streets represents a seismic shift in thinking about how we redevelop a city. Read more... Read more

Unlocking the Potential of Detroit’s Neighborhoods

A national collaboration between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Urban Land Institute, the Partnership for Building Reuse fosters market-driven reuse of vacant and underused buildings in cities across the country that are faced with different challenges and opportunities. Detroit is one of five cities participating in this initiative. Read report... Read more

Congress for the New Urbanism: Building Places People Love

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is an international nonprofit organization working to create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods, where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop and get around. Through 25 years of advocacy, CNU has changed the national conversation from a debate over sprawl to a discussion on how to reinvest in our existing communities. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique, authentic and walkable. CNU’s mission is to help people... Read more

Detroit to Test Out Zoning for the “Urban Life We Want”

Plenty of cities want to boost small business development, but that’s harder to do when zoning and regulatory requirements stand in the way. In a bid to ease some of those burdens, Detroit is sourcing designs for revived neighborhood main streets. According to the Detroit News, the city has put out a call for urban planners, architects and designers to propose concepts for walkable, mixed-use development in three commercial sites. Those designs will then be tested against the city’s zoning... Read more

Detroit Looks to Rebuild Fitzgerald Neighborhood

In Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhood, officials are taking their first shot at repurposing land left bare by the Detroit Land Bank Authority’s demolition outside of downtown. The plan is to renovate 100 vacant houses owned by the Authority, turn 257 vacant lots into urban orchards, gardens and parks that the city’s Parks and Recreation Department would maintain, and connect the University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College with a greenway path. Read more... Read more

New Opportunity for Detroit Neighborhood

In Detroit, the neighborhood of Brush Park stands between three of the city’s fastest revitalizing areas: Midtown, Eastern Market, and the Central Business District. All three have roared back to life in recent years, but Brush Park—just a five-minute walk from major cultural assets, pro sports stadiums, and a new streetcar line—sits almost 40 percent vacant. In the 8.4-acre Brush Park Parcels, Detroit can see a preview of the neighborhood’s future. Read more... Read more
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