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Art-Filled Skatepark Opens in Detroit

​Cities from Barcelona to Houston are starting to treat skateparks as community-builders rather than community-aggravators. Now, Detroit is the latest city to benefit from a new downtown skate park. A 4,000-square-foot privately funded park and art installation designed by skateboarder Tony Hawk and artist Ryan McGinness opened Tuesday. Read more... Read more

When It Comes to Keeping Up Flint’s Parks, It Takes an Army

Flint adopted its updated master plan in 2013 and began holding community meetings seeking input on how residents wanted their city to grow and change, and Quincy Murphy, a local knew they could drive out the negative behavior at parks by making the community feel heard. Read more... Read more

Detroit in 2067: Where do we go from here?

​​Trying to predict the state of Detroit 50 years from now is an idealistic pursuit to be sure, but keen observers from different fields of study contend the framework for the Motor City’s future is being installed now. Several futurists and urban planners envision Detroit making better use of open space, embracing its own recipe for mobility and building on a foundation being laid now by private and public entities. Read more... Read more

Next Land Bank Director Sees Chance to Make Big Changes in Detroit

​Saskia Thompson is poised to return to her hometown of Detriot as the new executive director of the Detroit Land Bank Authority. It is the largest land bank in the U.S., with tens of thousands of vacant lots and houses in its inventory, the exoskeleton of the million-plus people who left. The authority means to restore them to productive use. Read more... Read more

Flint Co-Op Will Put Good Food, Ownership in Hands of Residents

​ Flint created an Economic Recovery Task Force, which in turn formed the Grocery Stores Initiative, a board focused on replacing and maintaining food shopping options in the city. They began by commissioning a market analysis for north Flint, and the researchers concluded that attracting a large chain store could lead to problems, like driving out other smaller grocers or leaving certain residents without access. Read more... Read more

Residents Speak out about Redevelopment of Ann Arbor’s Lower Town Site

For more than two hours, Ann Arbor planning commissioners heard from residents with a wide range of opinions about redeveloping a long-vacant downtown site. Dozens spoke out during a public hearing and several neighbors said they want to see the Lower Town property redeveloped, but they just don’t support the current plan. Read more... Read more

Why Detroit’s Urban Gardens and Vacant Land are Good for At-Risk Bee Populations

Amid the concrete and cityscape of downtown Detroit lies Lafayette Greens, an urban garden nestled in a plot where the Lafayette Building once stood. The urban garden positions itself as a focal point in a conversation about the burgeoning urban food movement and its potential to enhance city living, change a globalized food system, and address urban sustainability and food security. It’s also one of 30 sites in metro Detroit chosen for a study researching some at-risk pollinators: bumblebees. Read... Read more

Detroit Works Bike-Share Into a Car-Centric City

​One month after launching, Detroit’s new bike-share system is exceeding expectations and has residents and policymakers excited about its future. MoGo isn’t going to be the silver bullet that fixes all of the city’s transportation access problems — what bike-share is? — but the groundwork has been laid for it to be an important piece of the mobility puzzle in this sprawling, 139-square-mile city. Read more... Read more
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