Monday, March 29, 2010

Other interesting articles

'Smart Growth' Taking Hold in U.S. Cities, Study Says - New York Times

World’s High-Speed Train Makers Set Sights on U.S. - New York Times

Declaring a spirit to improve Detroit - Detroit Free Press

Ann Arbor-to-Detroit rail line delayed due to funding shortage -

A New York Transportation Guru on How L.A. Can Solve Its Transit Mess - The Infrastructurist

Investors are buying up Detroit and turning it into farmland - Natural News

EDITORIAL: City needs tax policy to boost farm plans - Crain's

Cultivate Detroit's significant farming opportunity - Detroit Free Press

Sharing Woodward Ave - Metromode


A Dignified Reshaping of Detroit's Landscape

I believe in the open source model, of sharing ideas to provoke thought about the issues facing Metro Detroit. I've even promoted the idea of a "Policy Prize" conference that brings together the nonprofits and neighborhood development groups of this region and allows people to vote on creative ideas to revive the Detroit region.

Today, I'm sharing one of my flow charts as food for thought. I'm not a lawyer, and I'm not an expert on land use or really comparative forms of real estate ownership. But I put what I did know on paper for others in the hopes that it will help create that actionable plan to address abandonment and environmental degradation in Detroit.

As you know, the "right-sizing" of Detroit has received a lot of press attention lately. Some of the more notable articles have appeared in the Economist, New York Times, ABC News and other sources. Today, in Crain's (subscription needed), there was an article about nonprofit and community groups desiring a greater role in reshaping Detroit.
There have been a few conferences on this topic as well, most notably last week at Wayne State.

In general, Bing needs to present an open source, plug-in model for every group to get involved and provide value to a larger plan for the city. Our region has a tremendous opportunity, but the Mayor needs to present that A to Z, actionable plan and show how all groups - government, nonprofits, corporate sponsors, foundations, neighborhood groups - can be a part of the reshaping of Detroit. I know that is difficult to do with so many stakeholders and so many people to please, but it isn't impossible. It will take bold leadership, human talent, venture capital, creative legal mechanisms, unique branding and marketing, and ample room for public input.