Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A new fair deal for American democracy


As an American, and as a person who cares about giving their family a better life, we can all agree on one thing.  Taxes suck. 

Most of realize there is bare necessity to taxation because we are an interdependent society and someone has to build and maintain the road or bus or train or the sidewalk we take to get to work.  And most of us realize that since we are so big as a society, the yeoman ways espoused by our founding fathers isn’t going to work as our society grows, industrialization takes over, there is a scarcity of land, and we become more interdependent.  Put simply, the perfect balance capitalism and social and environmental sustainability (even with the espoused benevolence of society’s winners) isn’t going to manifest itself in a utopian society, leaving a vulnerable populace that must fend for themselves.  Hence, this thing called government, which provides goods that we all use, and some goods that only some of us use, but which, when executed fairly, should prevent the winners from exploiting the vulnerable and the vulnerable from rebelling against the exploiting capitalists. 

Thirdly, I think we can all agree that the vulnerable citizen populace deserves a fair deal and the resources to manifest their individual potential.  As long as you are a citizen and following the rules, you deserve a fair deal, regardless if your ancestors arrived 1,000 years ago, 400 years ago, 100 years ago, or became a citizen today.

In turn, those that are the recipients of government resources (whether that is redistribution of wealth to support social programs or government contracts to private entities to support defense) need to recognize their social responsibility to not abuse their public resources.  In other words, if you are receiving government benefits, you should be contributing to the common good (and not taking advantage of or exploiting the government for profits). 

So, if we can agree on these points, then maybe we can make one more leap.   Mainly, we can all agree that if you (the government) are going to take away my income, you better spend the money right.   More specifically, if the law is empowering you (the government) to do something that benefits all of us in the end, you better maximize the value to the population (the public who paid for it) impacted by that policy, and do it in the most fiscally efficient manner possible.

So ask yourself – are these democratic values, republican values, libertarian values, or green values?  Or is this just common sense?

(Ok, I know at some point there is something thinking that people should just fend for themselves completely and just screw government.  If you live on a farm and you produce and reproduce everything for yourself with no dependence on others and no negative externality on anyone else, you figured it out).

The problem is no party owns a monopoly over common sense government, but because we are a democracy (supposedly), we own the government, so we better find a way to execute the government in a way that maximizes both the common interest as well as our personal interests.   Let me repeat that – WE OWN THE GOVERNMENT and if we have to accept ownership in it, we better find a way to maximize its value to us based off a set of common values and goals. 

MOVING FROM THE WHAT TO THE HOW

Last week I had a conversation with a former colleague and had an enlightened moment.

The average American citizen knows little to nothing about different ways a democracy can be run.  In college, I took a course on comparative democracy, studying electoral systems and parliamentary government.  There are two points I gained out of this course.

First, other democracies have different voting and electoral systems, which can result in many parties (not just 2) being represented in government.  These systems, to an extreme, can result in too many parties, lack of government continuity, and executional gridlock.  Yet, most systems, even when no party owns a majority of representation in the legislative body (e.g. Congress), are able to function because they find a way to work together based on a set of common values.  And, because of the setup of these alternative electoral systems, it’s more likely that you will vote for a winning party or candidate and feel represented in government than you will cast a vote and not feel like your vote counted (like Democrats in Texas, Republicans in California when they vote for President or Greens, Libertarians, and Independents when they vote for any candidate at any level).

From this, we should ask ourselves, could we maintain our democracy or even become more democratic if we simply allowed more diverse parties and interests to actually be a part of the government?  Should the Republican and Democrat party hold a monopoly on how our government is made up?  Do those monopolies fairly represent our diverse political interests?  Put simply, is our system of democracy right for America?

Second, the enlightened moment tonight really came down to this.

In alternative democratic models, there is often a stronger unification between the legislative and executive branches of government.  In other words, the equivalent actors of Congress and the President are more aligned.  In other words, the people making the laws and executing the laws are more closely aligned.  In other words, the people deciding the “what” are more aligned with the people determining the “how” of government.   In other words, the people deciding what government should do are more aligned with the people actually running the government.

In practice, this could mean the green party has more say over the EPA, or at least a voice in government when it comes time to make key policy decisions on energy or transportation or commerce which could impact the environment.

It could mean that Christians (there are Christian Democratic parties elsewhere) have a greater say in policies with a significant moral consequence.

This could mean libertarians having a greater say over policies that could potentially infringe upon personal rights or policies.

This could mean fiscal protectionist conservatives having a greater say over trade policies or procurement or personnel policies to prevent government from overextending its reach. 

Then ponder on this.

We elect 435 people to Congress to determine the “what” yet we only elect one person to the executive branch of government (the President) to determine the “how.”  (To the policy folks, I’m not trying to diminish completely the rule-making process, the appropriations process, or Congressional oversight over the Executive branch, its departments, and its agencies.  I’m only trying to say that if more members of Congress had direct input into the execution of government, they might find themselves more concerned with running government than changing the law).   Our system of electing one executive translates to a monopoly over execution of the government, and finding clever ways to ignore the laws passed by Congress if they don’t match their narrow set of interests.

But what is fundamentally lost in this structure of democracy is the innovation on how to execute government.  Each member of Congress comes with their own interests represented by their territory or their state.  Their goal – to legislate - add to the law, repeal the law – not necessarily fix the government bureaucracy that is already there.   Having worked on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) for several years, I cannot blame critics of its execution – it did indeed add to our federal bureaucracy - but I also cannot deny the “fairness” it attempted to create in terms of access to coverage.

While acknowledging that the underlying goals of government are different than a profit-oriented business, both business and government share the value of maximizing the value for those who own it or own in it and consume its services. Whether it’s the owner of the business, the person who works hard at their job to feed their family, or us, the public owning our government – we all want to feel like we are doing the best we can so we can maximize the personal benefits.  If that means a more efficient and effective government and less taxation on all of us, then we all win. 

OVERCOMING OUR DIVISION

No party owns a monopoly on common sense or how government should work. 

As much as Republicans want to own “draining the swamp,” lowering taxes, and reducing the size of government, we don’t have to look far back to see taxpayer money flowing into private entities to fight a costly war in Iraq.  We don’t have to look much farther back to a time where the government ran a surplus and was a creditor nation instead of running a huge deficit.

To my democrats, while your goals to progress our government and build a more sustainable and fairer society are noble, you cannot deny that our government needs fixing first.  No sense in buying a new carpet if the leaky roof promises to destroy it.  We need to own up that even though many of the programs created by democrats over the past 100 years have resulted in a fairer society, there is still a lot of room for improvement before we add onto it.  We also need to own up that while our free trade policies have opened up more economic opportunity around the world, they have come at the expense of environmental degradation, a huge trade deficit, and exploitation by the same profit-driven forces that have abused the ideal balance between capitalism and living sustainability. 

We all deserve a government that is efficient.  We all deserve a government that is accountable.  We deserve a government that enforces fairness without compromising the drive of the individual to better their own life and that of their family.  We need to elect officials with a proven track record to execute government in an effective yet benevolent manner, appealing to our common and rational values to make sure government is run in the best interest of all Americans and with the least financial burden on the taxpayer.

If we can strike a fair deal between our two ruling parties – to focus on running a more efficient and effective government instead of focusing on the fringe issues that separate us politically; if we can open up the policy dialogue to other parties so that our apathetic citizens feel more represented within government; if we can modify our democracy to be fairer and give elected officials a greater incentive to focus on running a more effective government instead of adding to it or gutting it; and if we can recognize that we all paid for the road and we all have to travel that road in order to survive as a nation, then maybe we can build a more perfect union for ourselves and our future citizens. 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

CBS 60 Minutes: Detroit in 1976 and today

In case you missed it, here is the 60 Minutes piece on Detroit from last Sunday, October 13, 2013.

And just for comparison, here is a 60 Minutes piece on Detroit from 1976.

My take - Detroit's leadership - whether that is the Emergency Financial Manager, Mayor, or City Council - needs to find better ways to rezone land in the city for more productive purposes.  Reforestation, rip out the infrastructure, farm, give back to the commons - anything to make the city more livable for the residents.  


My letter to David Ridenour @ The National Center for Public Policy Research

I decided to write a letter to David Ridenour of the National Center of Public Policy Research regarding his article published in The Detroit News titled "Electric cars are running on empty promises."

Dear Mr. Ridenour:

I appreciate your very biased opinion of the electric vehicle market for the simple fact that it inspired me to make a post on my blog after a long hiatus (www.detroitpolicy.com)  Unlike you, I don't get the benefit of quality mass transit system like you have in D.C. nor do I have the benefit of spending my time thinking of ways to get more money from conservative donors so I can further the economic agenda of a very narrow strata of our society.  Hmm, come to think of it, when you try and push the agenda of gas powered cars over that of electric cars, you are of course exercising free speech but you are trying to protect the market of the oil industry.  Such protectionism seams counter to the "free market" values your think tank tries to promote.

But I'm not writing to tell you I see through the politics and hypocracy in your piece because that's too easy.  As an owner of electric-gas Chevy Volt, I thought I would react to your piece with a few of my own opinions. 

First, you are right that current electric powered vehicles are not very big (with the exception of some Tesla vehicles), so perhaps they are not the best vehicles to pack up a family of 4 and spend a week on the road.  I happen to like the hatchback on my Volt because I can fit more in my trunk space than I could with my previous sedan, but I'll recognize your point here.  I doubt that in the early days of gas cars - where I think there was one or two seats - that those cars were ideal for the nuclear family you outline in your piece.  Yet, for someone who uses his Volt to drive to work and back alone and the occasional trip to the gym, the size doesn't mean much to me.

Second, you are right when you pointed out that when purchased outright, even with the government tax credit, my Volt is much more expensive than a gas car of similar size.  I also understand that our automakers here in Detroit take quite a hit on these vehicles.  I happen to lease my vehicle, and will end up investing $10 - 12k total over the life of the 3 year lease with gas and charging included.  I'll cover why my car does make a lot of economic sense later, but I'll acknowledge your point that these cars do cost more money.

Thirdly, I will also acknowledge that my Volt only has an electric range of around 40 miles, that it does take 4 hours on a 240v charger to charge fully, and that the government's investment of $7.5 billion over 10 years seems like a lot of money to the average American family.

So here's what you missed in your piece and I apologize if this sounds too anecdotal compared to the cropped facts you chose to put in your piece.

1. My Volt is fun to drive.  Last I heard, this is a characteristic that car buyers also look for in addition to utility.  It hauls off the line.  I can even trick it to charge my battery which is pretty cool too.  I have a friend who has driven Cameros and Corvettes and he loves his Volt.  The interface in the car is pretty awesome as well, even on the base version. 

2. I've owned my Volt for almost 6 months, I've put 5k miles on it, and I've used under 20 gallons of gas.  Since I put premium gas in, and the gas in Michigan can be almost $4 per gallon, I've spent about $80 on gas so far.  During that 6 months, I've spent about $22 per month charging it from home (I've used free chargers in public places too - still haven't found a place giving out free gas).  So, I've spent around $200 to power my vehicle for about 5k miles.  A car that gets 35 miles per gallon (which is a generous MPG) would have spent around $500 to fuel their car at $3.50 per gallon.  While this amount over the life of the vehicle may not make up for the premium I pay for it, my everyday out of pocket costs are pretty good.  My Volt tells me that, over the life of the vehicle, I'm getting 222 MPG.  Pretty nice.

3. Can you please post how much the government subsidizes the oil industry on an annual basis?  Oh wait, I know your answer.  They deserve that money because they pay so much tax on that $10 billion in quarterly profit.  I won't go into the military costs around protecting our supply of oil.  It's probably only a few bucks, right?  The foreign policy issues associated with oil dependence are bigger issue - let's just say I don't think your piece really furthers the agenda of energy independence.  Instead, if I were to read into your piece and your politics, I would say you are pretty liberal when it comes to spending money to protect America's dependence on oil. 

4. My friendly [conservative-run, profit-minded] utility company paid for a $2,500 charger installation which charges my car in 4 hours and which provides permanent economic value to my home.  That move made a lot of economic sense for me.

Bottom line: Electric cars may not make sense to everyone, but they did for me, and while I too was a skeptic, I have to say, I love my Chevy Volt and I will probably own an electric car for the rest of my life.  When I can afford to power the car off energy produced in my own home, I'll be even more energy independent. 

And to be fair, we do have a gas powered family car that we can take on road trips and hold our nuclear family when that larger family comes to fruition. 

So, here's what I invite you to do Mr. Ridenour.


1. Go drive a Chevy Volt, not just a test drive, but rent one for a month or something.  Put it in sport mode and have some fun.  Maybe you'll find an electric charging station where you can charge up for free.   Then come back and diss the car as a free market consumer rather than a conservative, big oil-funded think tank president.  

2. Write a piece that compares the government subsidies for electric vehicles vs. oil and gas subsidies.

3.  Consider the average driver as something different than the nuclear family you describe and consider their needs.  Consider that an electric car may not be the best all around vehicle for driving a family of 4 a few hundred miles to grandma's house, but it may be just the answer for someone who uses it to drive to work and back, or to supplement another vehicle. 

Thank you.

Geoff Young
Proud owner of Chevy Volt

Sunday, February 17, 2013

News from Detroit: February 17, 2013

FEATURED

Meet The Makers: Rebuilding Detroit by Hand
http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682411/meet-the-makers-rebuilding-detroit-by-hand#1

Remaking Detroit: Can Creative Companies Save an American City on the Brink?
http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682409/remaking-detroit-can-creative-companies-save-an-american-city-on-the-brink

Now Atlanta Is Turning Old Tracks Green
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/15/us/beltline-provides-new-life-to-railroad-tracks-in-atlanta.html


NATIONAL POLICY & POLITICS

The New and Improved Electoral College Map
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/02/the-new-and-improved-electoral-college-map/273190/#

The Social Trends Driving American Gangs and Gun Violence
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/02/the-social-trends-driving-american-gangs-and-gun-violence/273170/#

How to Unparalyze Us
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-unparalyze-us.html

Margin calls
Life on the edges of America’s financial mainstream
http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21571882-life-edges-americas-financial-mainstream-margin-calls


DETROIT BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Detroit Labs doubles staff, preps to move into its own space
http://www.modeldmedia.com/startupnews/detroitlabs021213.aspx

Urban trailblazing: New series looks for trends before they happen
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/straights213.aspx

Guest Blogger: David Tarver
http://www.metromodemedia.com/features/davidtarver0288.aspx

Creativity flourishes at Detroit Labs, a smartphone app developer
http://www.freep.com/article/20130217/BUSINESS06/302170113/Creativity-flourishes-at-Detroit-Labs-a-smartphone-app-developer

TechTown lands $1M to create Detroit Technology Exchange
http://www.modeldmedia.com/startupnews/detroittechnologyexchange021213.aspx

Comerica refi may hint at Wings arena financing
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130217/NEWS/302179964/comerica-refi-may-hint-at-wings-arena-financing


DETROIT POLICY & POLITICS

New Detroit Blight Authority to speed up bringing houses down
http://www.freep.com/article/20130215/NEWS01/302150119/New-Detroit-Blight-Authority-to-speed-up-bringing-houses-down?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Tom Walsh: If GM thrived after bankruptcy, why not Detroit?
http://www.freep.com/article/20130215/COL06/302150149/Tom-Walsh-If-GM-thrived-after-bankruptcy-why-not-Detroit-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

'Dry Bones'? Hardly — There's Still Life In Detroit
http://www.npr.org/2013/02/13/171822784/dry-bones-hardly-theres-still-life-in-detroit

Thomas and Dewar: What Detroit could learn from Youngstown
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130214/OPINION01/302140327/1008/opinion01/Thomas-Dewar-What-Detroit-could-learn-from-Youngstown

Bing announces partnership to raze more homes, defends 'difficult decisions'
http://www.freep.com/article/20130213/NEWS01/130213086/Bing-addresses-blight-finances-State-City-watch-live-

Detroit Mayor Says City Is Making Progress on Debt
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/14/us/bing-sees-progress-on-detroits-debt.html?_r=0

EDITORIAL: Better under Bing isn't good enoug
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130217/NEWS/302179982/editorial-better-under-bing-isnt-good-enough

KEITH CRAIN: Of course they don't like the idea of an EM
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130217/NEWS/302179981/keith-crain-of-course-they-dont-like-the-idea-of-an-em


CITIES

Fallacy of the creative class: Why Richard Florida’s ‘urban renaissance’ won’t save U.S. cities
http://grist.org/cities/fallacy-of-the-creative-class/

Healthier Communities Through Design
http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20130216/healthier-communities-through-design

10 principles for making high-density cities better
http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/10_principles_for_making_high-.html

The Geometry of Transit-Friendly Neighborhoods
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/02/geometry-transit-friendly-neighborhoods/4662/


CULTURE

MOCAD Renovation: Plan For Detroit Art Museum Wins Architectural Review Award (PHOTO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/15/mocad-renovation-detroit-photo_n_2696124.html

Building Facade, Detroit
http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/building-facade-detroit/

Detroit: Pictures of a Neighborhood
http://www.theweeklings.com/tbarlow/2013/02/14/detroit-pictures-of-a-neighborhood/

An 'Autopsy' Of Detroit Finds Resilience In A Struggling City
http://www.npr.org/2013/02/11/171702111/an-autopsy-of-detroit-finds-resilience-in-a-struggling-city


BUSINESS / AUTO

Can fuel-cells overtake batteries in the race to be green?
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130214/OPINION03/302140323/1362/OPINION0339/Can-fuel-cells-overtake-batteries-in-the-race-to-be-green

Impact Investing for the New Economy: People
http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/02/impact-investing-new-economy/

Michigan battery firm spent $143M of U.S. grant, never made one item
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130214/BIZ/302140383/

2 new venture funds formed in Michigan
http://www.freep.com/article/20130212/BUSINESS06/302120027/2-new-venture-funds-formed-in-Michigan?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Automation Alley accepting applications for entrepreneur fellowships
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130215/NEWS/130219885/automation-alley-accepting-applications-for-entrepreneur-fellowships


MICHIGAN POLICY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, POLITICS

Time to support Snyder
http://metrotimes.com/news/politics-and-prejudices/time-to-support-snyder-1.1443422

Phil Power: Gov. Rick Snyder makes clear he's about investment
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20130214/OPINION01/302140323/Phil-Power-Gov-Rick-Snyder-makes-clear-he-s-about-investment

Snyder wants state to be leader for emerging automated technology
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130215/AUTO01/302150432/1361/State-legislature-may-OK-testing-of-autonomous-vehicles

I-69 International Trade Corridor group sends tax-free renaissance zone request to Lansing
http://www.mlive.com/business/mid-michigan/index.ssf/2013/02/i-69_1.html

Detroit chamber's goals may not match state GOP's
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130217/NEWS/302179984/capitol-briefings-detroit-chambers-goals-may-not-match-state-gops


TRANSPORTATION

South Korea's aerotropolis blueprint is no flight of fancy
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/15/songdo-south-korea-aerotropolis

Midwest High-Speed Rail: Hundreds Of Firms Will Benefit From New Web Of Routes
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/midwest-highspeed-rail-hu_n_2657446.html

Ray LaHood: “Sitting on the Sidelines Doesn’t Accomplish Anything”
http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/02/14/ray-lahood-sitting-on-the-sidelines-doesnt-accomplish-anything/

Left In The Dark: Copper Thieves Rob Detroit Freeways Of Light
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/02/15/left-in-the-dark-copper-thieves-rob-detroit-freeways-of-light/

A 12th stop might be in M1 Rail's future, pending federal approval
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130213/NEWS/130219932


REGIONAL NEWS

Macomb County's Top Businesses Recognized
http://stclairshores.patch.com/articles/macomb-county-s-top-businesses-recognized#photo-13347062

DOWNRIVER: Ficano: Hype can help grow region
http://www.thenewsherald.com/articles/2013/02/16/news/doc511e5de6ab428045867050.txt

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Policy News from Detroit: February 10, 2013

FEATURED

Detroit, the Billionaire’s Playground
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/opinion/detroit-sinks-with-belle-isle.html?_r=0

Patenting and Innovation in Metropolitan America
http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2013/metropatenting


BUSINESS / AUTO

US Manufacturing: The Misunderstood Economic Powerhouse
http://www.industryweek.com/innovation/us-manufacturing-misunderstood-economic-powerhouse?goback=.gde_1334187_member_205606728

Weekend Read: Debunking the Myth of the Startup Hub
http://blogs.wsj.com/accelerators/2013/02/03/weekend-reads-debunking-the-myth-of-the-startup-hub/

Will Google Kill The Auto Industry? No, And Here's Why.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/01/25/will-google-kill-the-auto-industry/

8 founders who ruined their companies
http://www.freep.com/article/20130210/BUSINESS07/130210006/8-founders-who-ruined-their-companies

IdeaLab 2013 recapped
http://semichiganstartup.com/features/idealabrecap113.aspx

The New Three R's Every Business Must Learn
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnbaldoni/2013/02/07/the-new-three-rs-every-business-must-learn/

Whole Foods, Target, Wal-Mart Stores Stores Push Into Cities
http://news.investors.com/business-inside-real-estate/013113-642711-whole-foods-market-wal-mart-stores-target-get-city-lift.htm

The shipping news
Despite problems, a revival in shipping on the Great Lakes is expected
http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21571186-despite-problems-revival-shipping-great-lakes-expected-shipping-news

University Research Corridor a worthy investment
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130204/OPINION01/302040304/University-Research-Corridor-worthy-investment?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s


CITIES

The Happiest And Unhappiest Cities To Work In Right Now
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/01/09/the-happiest-and-unhappiest-cities-to-work-in-right-now/

Is It Time for a Set of 'Localist Papers'?
http://icma.org/en/icma/newsroom/highlights/Article/102870/Is_It_Time_for_a_Set_of_Localist_Papers?pub=108&issue=1.15.2013&pub=108&issue=1.15.2013

The Worst Run Cities In America: 24/7 Wall St.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/19/worst-run-cities_n_2506894.html?ir=Detroit

A Framework For Creating A Thriving Detroit Of The Future
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681262/a-framework-for-creating-a-thriving-detroit-of-the-future

Unheralded Outperformers: 10 Metro Markets That Are Leading the Housing Recovery
http://www.forbes.com/sites/realtorcom/2013/02/04/unheralded-outperformers-10-metro-markets-that-are-leading-the-housing-recovery/

Walkable Urbanism as Foreign Policy
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/01/walkable-urbanism-foriegn-policy/4547/

How to make sustainability sustainable
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130117/BLOG103/130119868/how-to-make-sustainability-sustainable

Innovation and the Wealth of Cities
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2013/02/innovation-and-wealth-cities/4554/

Defending Youngstown: One City's Struggle to Shrink and Flourish
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/01/defending-youngstown-one-citys-struggle-shrink-and-flourish/4485/


DETROIT BUSINESS / ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Export-Import Bank opens office in Detroit's TechTown
http://www.freep.com/article/20130129/BUSINESS06/301290023/Export-Import-Bank-opens-office-in-Detroit-s-TechTown?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

'Why Don't We Own This' Site Maps Detroit's Housing Crisis With New Tools To Battle Back
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/28/why-dont-we-own-this-detroit_n_2550299.html

Tom Walsh: A Disney-esque automotive attraction for Detroit could rev up Motor City
http://www.freep.com/article/20130127/COL06/301270135/Tom-Walsh-Walsh-envisions-a-Disney-type-park-for-Detroit?odyssey=nav|head

Bargain Homes Lure Buyers Worldwide to Detroit: Mortgages
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-16/bargain-homes-lure-buyers-worldwide-to-detroit-mortgages.html

Detroit Classics, Priced to Move
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324461604578191983681691560.html

John Gallagher: Detroit Future City and the roadblocks
http://www.freep.com/article/20130115/BLOG31/130115061/Detroit-Future-City-blog-Gallagher

Detroit's Innovative Survival Plan Is A Model For The World - But Will It Work?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/01/09/detroits-innovative-survival-plan-is-a-model-for-the-world-but-will-it-work/

Tale of two futures? Future City blueprint shows what Detroit could be
http://www.freep.com/article/20130113/BLOG31/301130166/John-Gallagher-Tale-of-two-futures-Detroit-Future-City-blueprint-maps-an-alternative-to-a-blight-metropolis?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit entrepreneurs plan to hire workers
http://www.freep.com/article/20130130/BUSINESS06/301300083/1002/NLETTER28/Detroit-entrepreneurs-plan-to-hire-workers?source=nletter-BUSINESS

Detroit developers revamp high-rises for young professionals
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130122/BIZ/301220341/Detroit-developers-revamp-high-rises-young-professionals?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Experts weigh in on downtown Detroit's retail revival
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130131/OPINION01/301310331/Experts-weigh-downtown-Detroit-s-retail-revival?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Detroit Land Bank readies for a major growth spurt
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130121/OPINION03/301210336/Detroit-Land-Bank-readies-major-growth-spurt?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

10 Sustainable Business Trends Underway in Detroit (Photo Tour)
http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/01/10-sustainable-business-trends-underway-detroit/

Josh Linkner: Think of what is possible, not obstacles
http://www.freep.com/article/20130120/BUSINESS06/301200130/Josh-Linkner-Think-of-what-is-possible-not-obstacles?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

6 Lessons From America's Comeback Kid -- Detroit, MI
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshlinkner/2013/01/28/6-lessons-from-americas-comeback-kid-detroit-mi/

Preserving Urban Rivers in Detroit and Across the Great Lakes
http://www.americanrivers.org/newsroom/blog/ddotson-20130116-preserving-urban-rivers-in-detroit-great-lakes.html

Detroit, blue city
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/detroitbluecity113.aspx

Leg Up for Downtown Detroit
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323301104578255892908885644.html

Ilitch consultant: Wings arena could break ground by fall
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130203/NEWS/302039960/ilitch-consultant-wings-arena-could-break-ground-by-fall


NATIONAL POLICY & POLITICS

Insurance Analysts: Obamacare to Increase Out-of-Pocket Premium Costs, Despite Lavish Subsidies
http://www.forbes.com/sites/aroy/2013/01/12/insurance-analysts-obamacare-to-increase-out-of-pocket-premium-costs-despite-lavish-subsidies/

Mich. gives Whitney revamp $8.5M
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130124/BIZ/301240338/State-gives-Whitney-revamp-8-5M-more?odyssey=tab

How to Win States and Disenfranchise People: The GOP's Electoral-Vote Plan
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/01/how-to-win-states-and-disenfranchise-people-the-gops-electoral-vote-plan/272456/

The GOP and the City
http://www.city-journal.org/2013/23_1_gop-cities.html

How the Post Office Made America
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/opinion/how-the-post-office-made-america.html

Detroit's Property Tax Black Hole, in Map Form
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/01/detroits-property-tax-black-hole/4517/

China Steps Up Buying in U.S.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324761004578284491235436804.html?mod=googlenews_wsj


DETROIT POLICY & POLITICS

John Carlisle: City Council's regular speakers put on a good show
http://www.freep.com/article/20130203/COL46/302030207

Clark Durant: For Detroit, it's time for vision, not scorn
http://www.freep.com/article/20130117/OPINION05/301170201/Clark-Durant-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Nancy Kaffer: 'New' Detroiters need to make their voices heard
http://www.freep.com/article/20130125/COL43/301250043

Stuck in reverse, Detroit rolls closer to bankruptcy
http://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/29/stuck-in-reverse-detroit-rolls-closer-to-bankruptcy/

Detroit neighborhoods languish through city's fiscal ills
http://www.freep.com/article/20130210/NEWS01/130210010/Detroit-neighborhoods-languish-through-city-s-fiscal-ills

Rudolph: Detroit's condition is a collective failure
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130205/OPINION01/302050322/1008/opinion01/Rudolph-Detroit-s-condition-collective-failure

Graphic: Detroit Then and Now
http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/02/01/graphic-detroit-then-and-now/


REGIONAL NEWS

Wayne County communities keeping some zoo tax money for downtowns
http://www.freep.com/article/20130121/NEWS05/301210077/Wayne-County-communities-keeping-some-zoo-tax-money-for-downtowns?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Developing Macomb's Blue Economy
http://www.metromodemedia.com/features/blueeconomyMaconb0287.aspx?utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Developing+Macomb%27s+Blue+Economy&utm_content={Email_Address}&utm_campaign=It+All+Points+East

Cottons seed plan for GP Park
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130120/NEWS/301209966

Novi Continues to Make Economic Development a Priority
http://novi.patch.com/articles/novi-continues-to-make-economic-development-a-priority

Three Decades of Regional Innovation
http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2013/02/01-patents-innovation-rothwell

Downtown Opportunities: Selling Ann Arbor's city-owned properties for urban residential development
http://www.annarbor.com/news/downtown-opportunities-a-case-for-selling-ann-arbors-city-owned-properties-for-urban-residential-dev/

New Oakland County official hopes to improve regional water system through cooperation
http://www.freep.com/article/20130206/NEWS05/302060075/New-Oakland-County-official-hopes-to-improve-regional-water-system-through-cooperation

Patterson: Oakland County is on the rebound
http://www.freep.com/article/20130208/NEWS03/302080133/Patterson-Oakland-Co-is-on-the-rebound

Patterson speech touts his recovery, Oakland County's prospects
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130208/METRO02/302080379

Macomb Co. board chairman a history maker
http://www.freep.com/article/20130120/NEWS04/301200188/Macomb-Co-board-chairman-a-history-maker?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s


MICHIGAN POLICY

Michigan vies for top 10 status in economic competitiveness
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130128/OPINION01/301280315#ixzz2JI3BFVd7

Snyder: Gas tax, Medicaid plans make fiscal sense
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130210/NEWS01/130219996/snyder-gas-tax-medicaid-plans-make-fiscal-sense

Snyder's political agenda shifts to center
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130208/OPINION03/302080352/

Snyder budget calls for higher gas tax, vehicle fee, more for education
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130208/POLITICS02/302080360/

EDITORIAL: Expanding Medicaid is sound economic choice
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130210/NEWS/302109972/editorial-expanding-medicaid-is-sound-economic-choice


TRANSPORTATION

Who's to blame for Michigan's road woes?
http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/whos_to_blame_for_michigans_ro.html

Metro Detroit near, dear to outgoing U.S. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/02/05/news/local_news/doc5111b3c764c88761704338.txt

A highway runs through it
Is it really a good idea to spend $1.8 billion expanding a 6.7-mile stretch of I-94 in Detroit?
http://metrotimes.com/a-highway-runs-through-it-1.1430413

Report: Greater Detroit a leader in tech employment, innovation
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130204/NEWS/130209945/report-greater-detroit-a-leader-in-tech-employment-innovation

The new Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority: A solid step forward, but many more ahead
http://blog.thedetroithub.com/2013/02/07/the-new-southeast-michigan-regional-transit-authority-a-solid-step-forward-but-many-more-ahead/

Americans now spending most on gas since early 1980s
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/05/americans-are-spending-more-on-gasoline-than-they-have-in-three-decades/

Atlanta Aerotropolis
http://www.globalatlanta.com/article/26022/looking-ahead-atlanta-aerotropolis-concept-takes-off/

U.S. commits funds; M1 Rail construction to begin this year, Cullen says
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130118/NEWS/130119851/u-s-commits-funds-m1-rail-construction-to-begin-this-year-cullen#

OTHER VOICES: TRANSPORTATION: Fix more than beaten track
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130210/NEWS/302109969/other-voices-transportation-fix-more-than-beaten-track


CULTURE / OTHER

NOTHING STOPS DETROIT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsieYdQOfTQ

Delta's Glass Bottom Jet App
http://on.aol.com/video/deltas-glass-bottom-jet-app-517638831?icid=video_related_thumb_0

Motor City requiem
http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2013/02/08/detroit-autopsy-leduff/?section=magazines_fortune

Planting New Life in Detroit's Vacated Landscape
How Christians are spearheading the urban farming movement in Motor City.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/january-february/organic-city.html

Ruin Porn or Realism? Why Chicago’s Artists Are Obsessed with Detroit
http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/C-Notes/January-2013/Ruin-Porn-or-Realism-Why-Chicagos-Artists-Are-Obsessed-with-Detroit/

Life in the Red
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/15/science/in-debt-and-digging-deeper-to-find-relief.html?pagewanted=all

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Policy News from Detroit: January 13, 2013

FEATURED

Bridge to Canada: Al Madrigal exposes slick-talking Canadian bridge builders operating in Michigan
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-january-9-2013/bridge-to-canada?xrs=playershare_fb

Information In America Moves 33,480,000 Times Faster Than It Did 200 Years Ago
http://jalopnik.com/5975008/information-in-america-moves-33480000-times-faster-than-it-did-200-years-ago

In Beleaguered Detroit, a Media-Wise Group Shows Reporters the Brighter Side
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/14/business/media/detroit-group-helps-journalists-cover-the-citys-ups-and-downs.html

Detroit 360 Film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnpCCzr8QW4&feature=youtu.be


BUSINESS / AUTO

American industry is on the move
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/6709cc5c-58ed-11e2-b59d-00144feab49a.html?goback=.gde_1334187_member_202614638

Detroit showcases global car trend
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2fd3ead8-5c26-11e2-ab38-00144feab49a.html

How GM Lost -- And Found -- The Path To Innovation
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2013/01/13/how-gm-lost-and-found-the-path-to-innovation/

Automakers let app developers drive innovation
http://www.freep.com/article/20130111/BUSINESS01/130111014/Automakers-let-app-developers-drive-innovation

Detroit Sheds Pounds For Gas-Mileage Gains
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324595704578239812708897212.html

GQ's Detroit Auto Show Preview
http://www.gq.com/cars-gear/cars/201301/detroit-auto-show-jamie-lincoln-kitman#slide=1


CITIES / URBANISM

35 Urban Innovations We're Watching This Year
http://mashable.com/2012/12/31/top-global-innovations/

Washington’s Economic Boom, Financed by You
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/magazine/washingtons-economic-boom-financed-by-you.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Game Changers | Planning: The Great Lakes Century
http://www.metropolismag.com/story/20130109/game-changers-planning-the-great-lakes-century

America's "greenest street" provides a blueprint for sustainable urban development
http://www.gizmag.com/chicago-cermak-road-greenest-street-america/25661/

Toward the Walkable City
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/01/toward-walkable-city/4195/


MICHIGAN POLICY & POLITICS

Editorial: Time to get Michigan moving
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130111/OPINION01/301110323/1008/opinion01/Editorial-Time-get-Michigan-moving

Snyder applauds Detroit's efforts, slows the financial review
http://www.freep.com/article/20130111/NEWS01/301110119/Snyder-applauds-Detroit-s-efforts-slows-the-financial-review?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Trying to predict the future of the Great Lakes
http://www.michiganradio.org/post/trying-predict-future-great-lakes

Lower west side story: 'Gateway Project' may revive once-thriving stretch near downtown GR
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130113/NEWS/301139997/lower-west-side-story-gateway-project-may-revive-once-thriving

EDITORIAL: Leadership, trust keys to Future City
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130113/NEWS/301139978/editorial-leadership-trust-keys-to-future-city


DETROIT POLICY & POLITICS

Forces rally to redefine Detroit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130111/OPINION03/301110332/Forces-rally-redefine-Detroit?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Editorial: Time's running out for Detroit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130107/OPINION01/301070304/Editorial-Time-s-running-out-Detroit?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Detroit Mayor: Takeover Decision Could Come Friday
http://abcnews.go.com/US/t/story/detroit-mayor-takeover-decision-friday-18165280

Nancy Kaffer: Bing, council pulling together as Detroit's crisis grows
http://www.freep.com/article/20130109/COL43/301110007/Nancy-Kaffer-Bing-council-pulling-together-as-crisis-grows?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Opinion

Brian Dickerson: Detroit Future City plan confronts grim realities and maps a plausible way forward
http://www.freep.com/article/20130110/COL04/301100126/Editorial-Detroit-Future-City-plan-confronts-grim-realities-and-maps-a-plausible-way-forward?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE


REGIONAL NEWS

Robert Ficano must give deposition in lawsuit by former aide
http://www.freep.com/article/20130109/NEWS02/130109092/Robert-Ficano-must-give-deposition-lawsuit-by-former-aide?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

I-69 International Trade Corridor NDMC launches new website
http://i-69internationaltradecorridor.com/

Sandy Pierce named chairman, CEO of FirstMerit Michigan
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130109/NEWS/130109868/sandy-pierce-named-chairman-ceo-of-firstmerit-michigan

Canton embarks on new marketing plan
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20130113/NEWS03/301130456


TRANSPORTATION

Netherlands' futuristic highway plans largely impractical in Michigan
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130111/OPINION03/301110345/Netherland-s-futuristic-highway-plans-largely-impractical-Michigan?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Woodward light-rail project will receive $25 million in federal funding
http://www.freep.com/article/20130110/NEWS01/130110064/ray-lahood-to-visit-detroit?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Michigan%20news|s

How Are Michigan's Roads? Tell SEMCOG the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
http://dearborn.patch.com/articles/how-are-michigans-roads-tell-semcog-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly#youtube_video-12819114


DETROIT BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Detroit: after decades of urban blight, technology boom gives Motor City hope
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/12/detroit-technology-fresh-hope

Detroit Works unveils 'Future City' concept, suggests uses for vacant land
http://www.freep.com/article/20130108/NEWS01/130108058

Developer pitches $1B commonwealth for Belle Isle
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130112/BIZ/301120319/Developer-pitches-1B-commonwealth-Belle-Isle?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Belle Isle: Motown's Monaco
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130112/NEWS/301139971/belle-isle-motowns-monaco

A plan to save Detroit: Report calls for a smaller, stronger Motor City
http://www.freep.com/article/20130109/BUSINESS06/301090119/A-plan-to-save-Detroit-Report-calls-for-a-smaller-stronger-Motor-City?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Online ideas kickstart new Detroit businesses
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130108/BIZ/301080356/Online-ideas-kickstart-new-Detroit-businesses?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Dan Gilbert sets sights on another downtown Detroit skyscraper
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130107/BIZ/301070433/Dan-Gilbert-sets-sights-another-downtown-Detroit-skyscraper?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Kresge Foundation gives $150 million to help make a leaner, greener Detroit
http://www.freep.com/article/20130110/BUSINESS06/301100246/Kresge-Foundation-gives-150-million-to-help-make-a-leaner-greener-Detroit?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Cobo Center's $299M revamp on target
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130110/BIZ/301100338/Cobo-Center-s-299M-revamp-target?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit nudged into 21st century with 'Future City' plan
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130110/OPINION03/301100368/Detroit-nudged-into-21st-century-Future-City-plan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit Works report recommends realigned transportation, employment districts, land reuse, lighting solutions
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130109/NEWS/130109875/detroit-works-report-recommends-realigned-transportation-employment

From vacant to vibrant: A coalition rises
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/vacantprops113.aspx

Q&A with George Jackson DEGC
http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2013/01/qa_plans_for_tiger_stadium_sit.html


CULTURE / OTHER

The Rise of Graffiti in Detroit
http://news.yahoo.com/rise-graffiti-detroit-201100407.html

A Different Detroit, As A Native Tells It
http://www.npr.org/2013/01/05/168480013/digging-up-a-different-detroit

Detroit putting pieces back together, with food and art leading the way
http://www.twincities.com/life/ci_22305677/new-model-from-detroit-city-that-crashed-and?source=rss

Guest commentary: Detroit as vacation spot? Believe in it
http://www.freep.com/article/20130106/OPINION05/301060131

North America’s Mecca for Feather Bowling Is in Metro Detroit
http://news.yahoo.com/north-america-mecca-feather-bowling-metro-detroit-213500923.html

Detroit’s problems are also Toledo’s
http://www.toledoblade.com/JeffGerritt/2013/01/13/Detroit-s-problems-are-also-Toledo-s.html

Kresge to begin making grants to fuel Future City changes by summer
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130113/NEWS/301139976/kresge-to-begin-making-grants-to-fuel-future-city-changes-by-summer


NATIONAL POLICY & POLITICS

The great innovation debate
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21569393-fears-innovation-slowing-are-exaggerated-governments-need-help-it-along-great

State of the Climate | National Overview | Annual 2012
http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/2012/13

No Longer the 'Party of Eisenhower and Reagan'
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/01/no-longer-the-party-of-eisenhower-and-reagan/267092/

Is Broadband Internet Access a Public Utility?
http://business.time.com/2013/01/09/is-broadband-internet-access-a-public-utility/

Made in America, Again
Bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. is politically savvy and can make economic sense.
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/509326/made-in-america-again/

ObamaCare's Health-Insurance Sticker Shock
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323936804578227890968100984.html

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Policy news from Detroit: January 6, 2013

FEATURED

‘I think Detroit’s going to comeback’
http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nightly-news/50301045/#50301045

EDITORIAL: Regional success -- Caring about Detroit is a matter of self-interest
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20130103/OPINION/301030329/EDITORIAL-Regional-success-Caring-about-Detroit-matter-self-interest

Hope in Detroit: An Outsider on Motown’s Entrepreneurial Renaissance
http://www.xconomy.com/detroit/2012/12/18/hope-in-detroit-an-outsider-on-motowns-entrepreneurial-renaissance/

How Economic Development Is Changing the Geography of Urban Crime
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/12/how-economic-development-changing-geography-urban-crime/4187/

Reading the City
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/reading-the-city/

Demolition of dreams: 12 Detroit homes razed by mistake
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130105/METRO01/301050343/Demolition-dreams-12-Detroit-homes-razed-by-mistake?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE


MICHIGAN POLICY, POLITICS, & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Snyder signs transit, lighting, downtown arena bills: 'An exciting day for Detroit'
http://www.freep.com/article/20121219/NEWS06/121219037/gov-Rick-Snyder-Mayor-Dave-Bing-lame-duck-bills-legislation?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Snyder signs Detroit lighting, Red Wings arena, regional transit bills
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121219/POLITICS02/212190395/Snyder-signs-Detroit-lighting-Red-Wings-arena-regional-transit-bills?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Governor Snyder On Reinventing Michigan: More Than Meets The Eye
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2012/12/12/governor-snyder-on-reinventing-michigan-more-than-meets-the-eye/

Snyder signs bill ending fees to treasurers
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121222/POLITICS02/212220333/Snyder-signs-bill-ending-fees-treasurers?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Editorial: Reforms boost Michigan's ability to compete
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130103/OPINION01/301030340/Editorial-Reforms-boost-Michigan-s-ability-compete?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Lou Glazer: Improving Michigan's business climate may not yield dividends some expect
http://www.freep.com/article/20130106/OPINION01/301060159

NextEnergy, MEDC Launch Michigan Accelerating Technologies Grant
http://www.xconomy.com/detroit/2012/12/18/nextenergy-medc-launch-michigan-accelerating-technologies-energy-grant/

Brownfield has been backbone of urban development (Grand Rapids)
http://www.grbj.com/articles/75785-brownfield-has-been-backbone-of-urban-development


DETROIT POLICY & POLITICS

What will happen to Detroit?
http://metrotimes.com/columns/what-will-happen-to-detroit-1.1423587

Bing announces new plans to raise $50M in revenue for Detroit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121219/METRO01/212190411/Bing-announces-new-plans-raise-50M-revenue-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Next mayor faces unclear role amid Detroit's woes
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130101/METRO01/301010325/Next-mayor-faces-unclear-role-amid-city-s-woes?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit Works Project readies plan for key areas of city
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121220/NEWS/121229982/-detroit-works-project-readies-plan-for-key-areas-of-city

Detroit to reach turning point
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130103/OPINION03/301030346/Detroit-reach-turning-point?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s


DETROIT BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Detroit beginning to hear rumblings of renewal
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/travel/2013/01/06/1-detroit-beginning-to-hear-rumblings-of-renewal.html

Welcome to the New Businesses -- Thank You to Those Businesses That Stayed
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-loviogeorge/detroit-business-community_b_2411469.html

Gilbert, partners buy 5 more Detroit buildings, including Kresge
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121219/BIZ/212190351/Gilbert-partners-buy-5-more-Detroit-buildings-including-Kresge?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Dan Gilbert's investments in Detroit could serve as a catalyst for even more development
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121224/OPINION01/212240314/Dan-Gilbert-s-investments-Detroit-could-serve-catalyst-even-more-development?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Midtown's boom shows no sign of slowing down
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121221/BIZ/212210338/Midtown-s-boom-shows-no-sign-slowing-down?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Cobo Center's new riverside atrium entrance is nearly ready
http://www.freep.com/article/20121221/BUSINESS06/312210042/Cobo-Center-s-new-riverside-atrium-entrance-is-nearly-ready?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit takes first step toward injecting life into Hart Plaza
http://www.freep.com/article/20121221/BUSINESS06/312210143/Detroit-takes-first-step-toward-injecting-life-into-Hart-Plaza?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Detroit cultural gems DSO, DIA and science center show luster again
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121220/ENT01/212200394/Detroit-cultural-gems-DSO-DIA-science-center-show-luster-again?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

An Idea To Build A Tiny Forest In Detroit’s Heart
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671553/an-idea-to-build-a-tiny-forest-in-detroits-heart#1

Detroit Mobile City IOS Conference Hopes To Spur City's Tech Economy
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/27/mobile-city-detroit-ios-conference-tech_n_2365221.html

Detroit Breaking Ground As Lab For Wireless Innovation
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/12/18/detroit-breaking-ground-as-lab-for-wireless-innovation/

Ford announces $10-million community center in Mexicantown
http://www.freep.com/article/20121218/NEWS01/121218060/ford-to-open-mexicantown-community-center?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

An Urban Tree Farm Grows In Detroit
http://www.npr.org/2012/12/21/167807136/an-urban-tree-farm-grows-in-detroit

Detroit's Big Three trying to power up Motor City
http://www.nbcnews.com/business/detroits-big-three-trying-power-motor-city-1B7818498

Developing Detroit: Five major developments to keep an eye on in 2013
http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2013/01/developing_detroit_five_major.html


NATIONAL POLICY & POLITICS

7 Facts About Government Benefits and Who Gets Them
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/12/7-facts-about-government-benefits-and-who-gets-them/266428/

America’s European moment
http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21569024-troubling-similarities-between-fiscal-mismanagement-washington-and-mess

The dangers of ‘outsourcing’ public education
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/05/the-dangers-of-outsourcing-public-education/

Rob Sisson: Building a greener future for the GOP
http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/conscience-realist/2013/jan/6/rob-sisson-explains-how-he-building-greener-future/


TRANSPORTATION

Imagine Air Travel Without Hassle: Surf Air Can
http://www.fastcompany.com/3002963/imagine-air-travel-without-hassle-surf-air-can?goback=.gde_771237_member_198546952

PSFK toured the UK airline's newest clubhouse and spa at JFK and LHR.
http://www.psfk.com/2013/01/virgin-atlantic-jfk-lhr-clubhouse.html?goback=.gde_771237_member_200864337

What Really Matters for Increasing Transit Ridership
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/01/what-really-matters-increasing-transit-ridership/4275/

Ann Arbor officials hope new railroad ownership could boost commuter rail, greenway plans
http://www.annarbor.com/news/ann-arbor-officials-hopeful-new-ownership-of-ann-arbor-railroad-will-bring-improved-relations/

Airport City Manchester – a £650 million ‘Aerotropolis’
http://designbuildsource.com.au/airport-city-manchester-a-650-million-aerotropolis

Youths demonstrate at 8 Mile and Woodward for 'truly regional' transit
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/01/youths_demonstrate_at_8_mile_a.html

Editorial: Repair Michigan's infrastructure
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121228/OPINION01/212280336/1008/opinion01/Editorial-Repair-Michigan-s-infrastructure

2 Washtenaw County reps appointed to Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Authority board
http://annarbor.com/news/2-washtenaw-county-representatives-appointed-regional-transit-authority-board/

50 Best and Worst US Transportation Projects, State By State
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/24404

How an Industrial City Reinvented Itself as a Sustainability Hub
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/12/how-industrial-city-reinvented-itself-sustainability-hub/4186/


REGIONAL NEWS

Wayne County short on cash, but not on appointees
http://www.freep.com/article/20130106/NEWS02/301060266/Wayne-County-short-on-cash-but-not-on-appointees?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Fmr. Ficano fundraiser denies wrongdoing; invokes 5th Amendment rights to avoid some questions
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/fmr-ficano-fundraiser-denies-wrongdoing-invokes-fifth-amendment-rights-to-avoid-some-questions

Crain's puts money on the map: Major investments along 5 regional roadways
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130102/NEWS/130109985/money-on-the-map-major-investments-along-5-regional-roadways

Tom Walsh: What's next for Michigan's economy to be discussed at Detroit Economic Club luncheon
http://www.freep.com/article/20130106/COL06/301060157/Tom-Walsh-What-s-next-for-Michigan-s-economy-to-be-discussed-at-Detroit-Economic-Club-luncheon

Wayne County leaders vow to trim deficit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130104/METRO01/301040371/1409/metro/Wayne-County-leaders-vow-trim-deficit

Carol Cain: Hackel extols virtues of Macomb living
http://www.freep.com/article/20130106/COL24/301060139/Carol-Cain-Hackel-extols-virtues-of-Macomb-living

Auto industry drives investment along Michigan Avenue in 2012
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121227/NEWS/121229926/auto-industry-drives-investment-along-michigan-avenue-in-2012

Van Dyke: $1.3 billion in manufacturing, Menards and Shelby restaurants
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121226/NEWS/121229936/van-dyke-1-3-billion-in-manufacturing-menards-and-shelby

John P. McCulloch is new Huron-Clinton Metroparks director
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2013/01/03/news/local_news/doc50e52efc681b5619017371.txt

Busy corridors: Heart of Detroit gets spotlight, but arteries draw development, too
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130106/NEWS/130109930/busy-corridors-heart-of-detroit-gets-spotlight-but-arteries-draw


CITIES / URBANISM / SUSTAINABILITY

Return to the City: Renewal of Inner City Retail Stores
http://www.forbes.com/sites/walterloeb/2012/12/28/return-to-the-city-renewal-of-inner-city-retail-stores/

America's Baby Boom And Baby Bust Cities
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2012/12/21/americas-baby-boom-and-baby-bust-cities/

Foundations are credited with resurrecting the Pittsburgh's economy after the 1980s' collapse
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/foundations-are-credited-with-resurrecting-the-pittsburghs-economy-after-the-1980s-collapse-667625/

The 5 Most Important Sustainability Stories of 2013
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/01/5-most-important-sustainability-stories-2013/4288/


2012

The Best Green Ideas of 2012
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2012/12/best-green-ideas-2012/4280/

M@dison Building, D:hive, coffee shops dominate start-up news in 2012
http://www.modeldmedia.com/startupnews/startupnewstopfive121812.aspx

51 coolest gadgets of 2012
http://money.cnn.com/gallery/technology/2012/12/26/cool-gadgets.fortune/index.html

8 ways Detroit restored our faith in humanity in 2012
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/12/5_ways_detroit_restored_our_fa.html#incart_river_default

Detroit 2012: A Look Back At The City's Biggest Trends And Most Memorable Moments
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/31/detroit-2012-michigan-year-in-review_n_2389633.html?utm_hp_ref=detroit

Detroit in 2012: The Year Our Tech Scene Became Legit
http://www.xconomy.com/detroit/2012/12/27/detroit-in-2012-the-year-our-tech-scene-became-legit/

Future City Tactical -- 12 Musings From Detroit 2012
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-lorimer/impact-investing_b_2405511.html

CULTURE / OTHER

Joe Scarborough: Newtown Shooting Made 'Ideologies Of My Past' On Guns Irrelevant (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/joe-scarborough-newtown-shooting_n_2315100.html

The Freedom of an Armed Society
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/the-freedom-of-an-armed-society/?smid=fb-share

Goodbye, CCHA
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20121230/SPORTS02/212300311/Goodbye-CCHA

Hazen Pingree: Quite possibly Detroit's finest mayor
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130106/METRO/301060302/Hazen-Pingree-Quite-possibly-Detroit-s-finest-mayor?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Tom Walsh: Detroit is missing an auto tourist attraction
http://www.livingstondaily.com/article/20130106/OPINION01/301060336/Tom-Walsh-Detroit-missing-an-auto-tourist-attraction

How NASA might build its very first warp drive
http://io9.com/5963263/how-nasa-will-build-its-very-first-warp-drive

Remains to Be Seen
‘Detroit City Is the Place to Be,’ by Mark Binelli
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/books/review/detroit-city-is-the-place-to-be-by-mark-binelli.html?_r=0

For a better tomorrow, the time to act is now, futurist says
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/health/for-a-better-tomorrow-the-time-to-act-is-now-futurist-says-668444/