Sunday, December 16, 2012

Policy News from Detroit: December 16, 2012


New Thirst for Urban Living, and Few Detroit Rentals

The Recession's Toll: How Middle Class Wealth Collapsed to a 40-Year Low

The Underworked Public Employee -

American cities to Millennials: Don't leave|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Detroit's urban lifestyle lures young professionals


Detroit Narrowly Approves Vast Land Sale

House clears the way for Ilitch arena

Nonprofit raising funds for Detroit dog park|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Dan Gilbert's company buys One Woodward building in downtown Detroit|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Hantz near 1st rung on tree farm climb

Ilitch seeks downtown Detroit arena district

Tom Walsh: Arena talk is huge news, but don't expect everyone to be thrilled about it|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

What cities could Detroit learn from for its riverfront?

Exclusive look inside Detroit's Buffalo Wild Wings

Detroit's riverfront design contest draws new visions, names top winners|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Rick Haglund: Despite Detroit's woes, 2 businessmen commit more money for revitalization

Appraisal firm latest company to move from suburbs to downtown Detroit

Detroit sells city-owned vacant lots to neighbors, cleaning up neighborhoods

Stephen Henderson: Start afresh at Packard (The Ren Cen was once a dream, too)


Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit Record in 2011, Researchers Say

A tax we could learn to love

War on drugs a trillion-dollar failure

Gun Violence Is an Everywhere Issue

Educate For Problem-Solving, Not Factories

The fiscal "grand bargain" and the gas tax

Free Market—Not NGOs—Best for Conservation, Sustainability Issues

I am a Climate Refugee


Top 25 Tech of 2012

Detroit’s three new winning numbers: 8,900 jobs, $650 million in investment, $1.8 billion into the Michigan economy

Seven Signs of a Successful Incubator

What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy?

Hello Global Detroit: China is calling

The Uselessness of Economic Development Incentives

Regardless How They're Counted, Incentives Do Nothing for Economic Development

IT in the D to start pursuing nonprofit grants

Algae innovator shifts to feed from waste, wins new funding


Michigan Needs More Parking Founders Explain Why You Can Never Have Enough

Last days

Scott McCabe: Noel Night and Growth in Midtown Detroit

Pragmatic agent of change, Paul Hillegonds


Freedom Hill amphitheater to reopen in June with top concert promoter|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Creative Birmingham zoning bid questioned|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Hackel highlights nonprofit board, $2 billion in investments in his State of Macomb County address

Hackel touts efficiency, ethics of Macomb Co.|newswell|text|Michigan%20news|s

Macomb County's demographic face is changing|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Wayne County gets spanked by state

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel pushes regionalism in State of the County address

Oakland County Business Roundtable meets in Troy

Oakland County IT department wants county to be technological hotspot


Michigan tries to lure best, brightest back|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Despite hurdles, consolidating Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township makes sense

State to ramp up efforts to downsize office space|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Highlight of bills passed by Michigan's lame duck legislature

Biz, labor must unite for progress

Talking energy and environment with the State's Valerie Brader


New EM act to quicken city's action

Stephen Henderson: If the state wants to run the city, it needs to make it work

Stephen Henderson: In Detroit, there's no escape from hard choices

Detroit to reopen 13 police mini-stations

Hope, despair in Detroit: Tale of two cities|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Editorial: Here's that rainy day, Detroit|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

State laying groundwork for managed bankruptcy for Detroit|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Advisory board OKs Dillon's path toward a Detroit emergency financial manager

Scaled-down urban farm still a tough sell in Detroit|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says pressure of job isn't getting to him, defends decisions|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Why does Detroit have land banks?

City of Detroit issues bonus checks to nonunion employees


Global Gateways: International Aviation in Metropolitan America

Denver says it is moving ahead with "Airport City"

Airports: Where the Jobs Are

Shifting Political Winds Begin, at Last, to Favor Transit in Detroit

LaHood: Federal funding on track for M-1, regional transit|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Oakland County planners want area to be more bike-friendly|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Here They Are: The Best and Worst American Transportation Projects

The Michigan Department of Transportation requesting comments on transportation program


How HUD Took Bottom-Up Planning to a Whole New Level

Urbanization Fuels Property Development

Here's how each firm would help city envision future|newswell|text|Livonia|s

10 Reasons Millennials Might Abandon Big Cities


Stephen Henderson: Snyder's arguments for right-to-work are balderdash|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Democrats warn Snyder about consequences of Michigan right-to-work legislation rush|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE

A victory for right-to-work laws

Right-to-work vote defining moment|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Rochelle Riley: Unions need to remind people what life was like without them|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Businesses hesitate to embrace shift|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Tom Walsh: There should be an uproar in Michigan all right, but not about right-to-work

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says he feels vindicated by right-to-work vote

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Policy News from Detroit: Dec. 2, 2012

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It's the New Economy, Stupid

Dave Bing's Detroit: What's on the mayor's tour

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price


Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide is Splitting America

KEITH CRAIN: An early vote: Snyder for president


Mapping Motown - Architect Magazine - P.88

Photo-a-day project reflects woman's vision of Detroit

AIA design competition aims to redefine Detroit waterfront

Harvard on Detroit: It’s a long road to recovery, but our “Vacancy” sign is clear to all

Detroit Labs outgrowing the M@dison Building, but not Detroit

Beijing is epitome of density, while Detroit deals with vast expanses of empty land|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

What can be done with Detroit's thousands of empty properties?

Hantz near 1st rung on tree farm climb


Bing: City government suffering from 'sense of entitlement'|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

It won't get easier for Detroit|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Packard Plant Foreclosure: County Plans To Seize Vacant Detroit Factory With $750,000 In Unpaid Back Taxes

The Packard Plant: Big. Ugly. Dangerous.|defcon|text|FRONTPAGE

Roberts: Building by building, Detroit Public Schools going 'green'|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Saving Detroit
Drastic measures are necessary right now

Detroit in denial of crisis like old GM

Rochelle Riley: Same old, same old is sinking Detroit amid dire finances


2022: Cheap flights, more rail and hands-free cars

The Best U.S. Cities For Public Transit: Portland, Chicago Outrank New York City (PHOTOS)

Johnson Development to Solicit Projects for 113-Acre Memphis Industrial Complex  (Aerotropolis)

Jones Lang LaSalle to market former Mall of Memphis site

Gov. Snyder strategist pushes action on Regional Transit Authority: 'This is an historic opportunity'

MARY KRAMER: Senator's Detroit bus ride drives transit bills


Mich. Senate passes transit bills, fee on car registrations to fund plan

After 40 years of region trying to get it done, Snyder may be key to mass transit|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Snyder unveils proposal to connect Belle Isle, Wisconsin with bike trail|head

Gov. Rick Snyder's energy plan draws mixed reaction from environmental, conservation groups

Snyder calls for land auction reform, resolution to urban farming debate|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Editorial: GOP continues health care tantrum|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Mich. development agency starts $3M program for downtown improvements$3M-program-for-downtown-improvements

Snyder pledges new approach to public lands


Wayne Co. faces added oversight|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

State House OKs bill to end Wayne County treasurer's extra pay for collecting delinquent taxes|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Editorial: There he goes again
Ficano's move to protect the salaries of top mental health employees smacks of Wayne County cronyism

Troy's new mayor calls transit center's start 'a great day'|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE


Wayne County entrepreneur urges 'certainty' in business forum with Obama|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Source: Michigan to host 2 battery centers|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Porsche breaks ground for their $100 million HQ with 1.6 mile test track in the US

How Chrysler's marketing chief lifted Motor City pride, and car sales

Pittsburgh entrepreneurs work to make Rust Belt states centers of high-tech innovation

Possible sale of battery maker A123 to China firm concerns Michigan delegation

Michigan's role in defense industry work is big and should be bigger

Rise In Export Assistance Programs Helps Small Businesses Expand

U.S. Bancorp to open loan office here

Advanced battery project will take 'five times five times five' approach to research


New books explore why cities matter, and how we can save them

Mitigating the environmental paradox of smart growth: softening urban density

2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA

Skyscrapers - past, present and future


Michigan Alumni: Miniature Michigan

Detroit has supporters in documentary audience in Britain|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

‘Detropia’ documentary doesn’t paper over Detroit’s darkest days, but hope manages to survive, too

Empty Pavilion in Detroit Solicits a Latent Public

A Mini-Golf Course In Downtown Detroit To Change How We See Blight

Sunday, November 25, 2012

News from Detroit 11-25-12


Manufacturing, metros and exports will improve Michigan's economy, says Bruce Katz, guru on cities

Thankful for voters, risk-takers, and feather bowlers

Thanksgiving 2012: Why We're Thankful To Live In Detroit, By The Staff Of HuffPost Detroit

Why Mayors Should Run the Department of Transportation


Detroit City Council, Crittendon must go|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Michigan to withhold $10M in aid to Detroit

Bing begins planning for budget shortfall, unpaid furloughs starting Jan. 1

Detroit City Council tables sale of east side land for farm

Wattrick: How Is John Hantz Different Than Dan Gilbert?

Massive cuts sought as Detroit makes up bond money loss

FBI agents raided Detroit Public Library over allegations of contract fraud

City council rejects controversial overhaul of Detroit's water department


Metro Detroit Regionalization Is Still Controversial, But It's Everywhere

Mullin won't receive Wayne County pension

Oakland County agreement with Chinese city could lead to hundreds of local jobs

Wayne County mental health agency deal draws scrutiny

Editorial: Ruling hits Wayne's finances

No-show politician in Redford Township still takes paycheck


As Highway and Air Travel Slump, Intercity Train Trips Increase

Detroit Metropolitan Airport ranks 3rd on national survey of healthful restaurants

Gov. Snyder to talk up new bridge in Canada

Troy to break ground on new transit center


Lame duck Legislature is facing big issues|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit-area transit advocates will head to Lansing to fight for legislation

Editorial: Michigan's ideal lame-duck agenda

What Michiganders will make a difference in 2013? Help us pick the hot list

Phil Power: Michigan citizens can help nation avoid 'cliff'

'Move back' is pitch to West Michigan natives coming home for Thanksgiving


Businessman seeks to renovate Detroit (HANTZ)

Home Sweet Shipping Container: Detroit Housing Project

Is Detroit's turnaround turning a corner? Development spreads to new neighborhoods|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Midtown Detroit boom spreads throughout city

Greater Downtown Detroit districts and neighborhoods

Detroit is a hot real estate market

TechTown at the Fringes

Redefining Detroit Special 2012

Restaurateurs target West Village stretch, word-of-mouth success


Smart Cities: The future of urban living?

Chicago Urban Farms Initiative: Englewood Could Become Major Agribusiness Hub

Making progress on climate change at local and global levels

Can We Please Stop Pretending Cars Are Greener Than Transit?

A Vision of a Carbon-Zero Urban Future: An Interview with Alex Steffen


Municipalities may add public-private partnerships to infrastructure-building arsenal

Gambling away our cities

Detroit's 2-day driveway rule


Urban Manufacturing Alliance Launched to Boost Urban Manufacturing and Job Creation Across U.S.

Reinventing America: The Transformational Power of Technology

Biz OK with economy, less so with election

MEDC competition's earmarks target tech incubators


Eat, shop, stay, play in Detroit

After renovations, Detroit Historical Museum opens to excited crowds

Years of Tidings: Detroit's Noel Night celebrates 40 years with amped up offerings (vintage photos)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Policy News from Detroit 11-18-12


5 Simple Steps to Lead Detroit Back to Awesomeness

The Global Gateways That Connect America to the World

How Detroit Became the World Capital of Staring at Abandoned Old Buildings


Filtered or Unfiltered?

How to Rebuild Trust — and Infrastructure

Why David Petraeus Should Not Have Resigned

How Mitt Romney Can Save Us From the Fiscal Cliff

The GOP Can’t Afford to Ignore Cities Anymore


A city lover’s guide to America’s most underrated city

The Perfected Self

BURN Brings Detroit's Battle to the Big Screen

Miguel Cabrera Is Mitt Romney

Delta's Humorous Pre-Flight Safety Videos Become You Tube Hits

Detroit Might be the Place for Young People to Write a Story of Their Own

Detroit Historical Museum now a more interactive, illuminating place|topnews|text|Entertainment


How An Upstart Company In Detroit Is Building An American Heritage Brand

There’s No Then Then

Better Buildings: Preserving Midtown residential gem with green energy

Urban Innovation Exchange Highlights Detroit Individuals Making A Difference (VIDEO)

Neglected Detroit riverfront gem gets new life thanks to volunteers, war veterans

Avalon International Breads to shift production to new east-side Detroit site

Plan, money to demolish Brewster-Douglass in Detroit are in place

Five Really Cool Inventions Being Developed In Metro Detroit

Talk of the TechTown


'Aerotropolis' Planning Key to Atlanta's Takeoff

Commuter rail cars between Ann Arbor and Detroit slated for test runs starting Monday

Survey: Most Southeast Michigan residents dislike the region’s roads and public transportation, would pay to improve them

Airport project behind Port Authority bills?

SEMCOG seeks input on long-term regional transit plan

Firm to draft master plan for Woodward Ave.

For Pedestrians, Cities Have Become the Wilderness

Freakonomics Hucksters: “Save the Earth, Drive Your Car”


Working Toward Making Regional Transit a Possibility

Sen. Johnson: Southeast Michigan needs a regional transit authority

Mayor Bing, Mike Duggan and The Regional Crisis of Leadership

Wayne County may owe workers millions after judge's ruling


Duggan: City on wrong road

Detroit, state reach milestone agreement to support reform plan

Howes: State lays out plans for new EM law|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Finley: Again, Snyder should let Detroit go bankrupt|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Editorial: Lawmakers should rebuild PA 4|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Detroit may run out of cash by December|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit finances may get even worse, fiscal board is warned|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Model D speaker series recapped: Making government work

Hantz Farms proposed land sale hasn't won over Detroit City Council|head

KEITH CRAIN: There appears to be no bright spot for city


Innovation center aims to boost small, midsize manufacturing

Computer modeling center to open in Van Buren Township|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Six companies to invest $110 million, add 616 jobs in Michigan$110-million,-add-616-jobs-in-Michigan/

What Is 'Made in America' Worth?

Stem cells' promise hits funding wall in Michigan

Top 4 TechCrunch Takeaways: How Southeast Michigan can realize its startup potential

Is Diversity the Secret Key to America's Economic Renewal?


Editorial: With status quo in place, Michigan voters deserve more effective leadership

A Michigan City Bets on Food for Its Growth

An upbeat outlook for Michigan's economy

Full plate to keep lame ducks hopping

Sunday, November 4, 2012

News from Detroit Nov. 4, 2012


The Case for Optimism,9171,2125031,00.html?hpt=hp_t3

Best Inventions of the Year 2012

Infographic: The Many Connections Between Transportation and Health


Carol Cain: Campaigns talk of Detroit, skip city

How the G.O.P. Became the Anti-Urban Party

Obama’s Best-Kept Secrets

The Facts About Budget Deficits: How The Presidents Truly Rank

A123 Bankruptcy Gives Romney New Example of Green-Energy ‘Loser’


Wish You Bought Gold in '06? You'll Wish You Bought Detroit in '12.

Detroit agencies in dispute over economic development roles|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Silicon Mitten is Happening: The Secret Revival of Detroit

Detroit 2025: After the Recession, a City Reimagined

Large-scale farming projects in Detroit might be under way by next spring|newswell|text|Michigan%20news|s

Ye Olde Butcher Shoppe is finally open; so what took so long?

Talent-Driven Detroit: How the Motor City Is Getting Her Groove Back

'Opportunity in Detroit': Kid Rock gives ad its voice, with Dan Gilbert's support

2012 TEDxDetroit: 7 positive ideas for the world from Detroit

Buy-local initiative spurs up to $18M in transfers to local vendors

Port Authority, DEGC at odds over bonding bills

Gilbert plans downtown Detroit retail space


Mayor Dave Bing to Detroit City Council: Work with me to help our city

Rochelle Riley: Small, individual projects won't fix Detroit -- a collaborative, integrated approach will|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Want Detroit government to work? Get involved, panel says

Greening of Detroit aims to create 600 jobs with reforestation grant

Why delinquent tax auctions are exactly the wrong strategy for Detroit's rebirth


Motor Mouths

USA travel: Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh on the rise

Stealing Detroit, One Bannister at a Time

There’s No Then Then
The dark days of Detroit (Book Review)

Immersed in city's culture, Challenge Detroit members move to 2nd of 10 'challenges'


Detroit Metro Airport's McNamara Terminal to get 30 new retailers in 2013

Japan Electronics Emulates Detroit Autos Before Bankruptcy: Tech

The key to economic success? Geography

25 Innovations in 25 U.S. States

Menlo Innovations' Rich Sheridan named's 2012 Executive of the Year

The Untapped Innovation Factory

Beaumont-Henry Ford merger could save millions, say execs, board chairs

Will hospital deal benefit biz?


CLOSUP survey: Fiscal stress easing for Michigan's local governments, many still suffering

Michigan’s demographic challenge

I-69 International Trade Corridor hosts first regional summit


Racial, Regional Divide Still Haunt Detroit's Progress

HURON TOWNSHIP: Pinnacle personal property up for auction

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano tells commission he won't follow new contract rules

Macomb County power struggle continues over breakdown of costs in road budget|newswell|text|Michigan%20news|p

Tearful L. Brooks Patterson returns, grateful to be alive after accident, coma|head


From severance to subpoenas, 7 Action News looks back at a year of scandal

LeDuff: Wayne Co. airport board recording raises questions


Boosting Ridership by Replacing Buses With Rail

All-time Ridership Record for Amtrak

ROMULUS: Increasing cargo at Detroit Metro, Willow Run airports is short-term priority

TEDxDetroit: Transit advocate says M1 rail project more for real estate development, less for transit improvement

How The New Mobility Grid Can Spark Transportation Solutions


How Rust Became the New Urban Luxury Item

Green City Diaries: Sustainability, the next generation

This Is What a Neighborhood Revitalization Actually Looks Like