Sunday, December 16, 2012

Policy News from Detroit: December 16, 2012

FEATURED

New Thirst for Urban Living, and Few Detroit Rentals
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/12/realestate/commercial/new-thirst-for-urban-living-in-detroit-leaves-few-rentals.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1355282297-pbsH9aDtQC7MFXzfJRqAYQ&

The Recession's Toll: How Middle Class Wealth Collapsed to a 40-Year Low
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/12/the-recessions-toll-how-middle-class-wealth-collapsed-to-a-40-year-low/265743/

The Underworked Public Employee - WSJ.com
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443854204578058660248073962.html

American cities to Millennials: Don't leave
http://www.freep.com/usatoday/article/1744357?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Detroit's urban lifestyle lures young professionals
http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/specials/property/detroits-urban-lifestyle-lures-young-professionals-20121213


DETROIT BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Detroit Narrowly Approves Vast Land Sale
http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/11/detroit-narrowly-approves-vast-land-sale/

House clears the way for Ilitch arena
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121214/METRO01/212140368/

Nonprofit raising funds for Detroit dog park
http://www.freep.com/article/20121204/NEWS01/312040025/Nonprofit-raising-funds-for-Detroit-dog-park?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Dan Gilbert's company buys One Woodward building in downtown Detroit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121204/BIZ/212040323/Dan-Gilbert-s-company-buys-One-Woodward-building-downtown-Detroit?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Hantz near 1st rung on tree farm climb
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121202/NEWS/312029973/hantz-near-first-rung-on-tree-farm-climb

Ilitch seeks downtown Detroit arena district
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121204/BIZ/212040424/Ilitch-seeks-downtown-Detroit-arena-district?odyssey=mod%7Cbreaking%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Tom Walsh: Arena talk is huge news, but don't expect everyone to be thrilled about it
http://www.freep.com/article/20121205/COL06/312050115/Tom-Walsh-Arena-talk-is-huge-news-but-don-t-expect-everyone-to-be-thrilled-about-it?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

What cities could Detroit learn from for its riverfront?
http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2012/12/what_cities_could_detroit_lear.html

Exclusive look inside Detroit's Buffalo Wild Wings
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121206/BLOG006/121209912/exclusive-look-inside-detroits-buffalo-wild-wings

Detroit's riverfront design contest draws new visions, names top winners
http://www.freep.com/article/20121207/BUSINESS06/121207065/Detroit-s-riverfront-design-contest-announces-winners?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Rick Haglund: Despite Detroit's woes, 2 businessmen commit more money for revitalization
http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/12/rick_haglund_despite_detroits.html

Appraisal firm latest company to move from suburbs to downtown Detroit
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/12/appraisal_firm_latest_company.html#incart_river

Detroit sells city-owned vacant lots to neighbors, cleaning up neighborhoods
http://www.freep.com/article/20121214/NEWS01/312140043/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)
http://www.freep.com/article/20121216/COL33/312160184/Stephen-Henderson-sTART-AFRESH-AT-PACKARD-The-REN-CEN-WAS-ONCE-A-DREAM-TOO-


NATIONAL POLICY & POLITICS

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit Record in 2011, Researchers Say
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/world/emissions-of-carbon-dioxide-hit-record-in-2011-researchers-say.html

A tax we could learn to love
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/03/opinion/frum-tax-energy/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

War on drugs a trillion-dollar failure
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/06/opinion/branson-end-war-on-drugs/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Gun Violence Is an Everywhere Issue
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2012/12/gun-violence-everywhere-issue/4176/

Educate For Problem-Solving, Not Factories
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2012/12/14/educate-for-problem-solving-not-factories/

The fiscal "grand bargain" and the gas tax
http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rperks/less_talk_more_action_on_gas_t.html

Free Market—Not NGOs—Best for Conservation, Sustainability Issues
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2012/12/14/economic-growth-key-to-solving-conservation-sustainability-issues

I am a Climate Refugee
http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20121212/i-am-a-climate-refugee


BUSINESS / AUTO

Top 25 Tech of 2012
http://mashable.com/2012/11/30/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
http://blog.thedetroithub.com/2012/12/04/detroits-three-new-winning-numbers-8900-jobs-650-million-in-investment-1-8-billion-into-the-michigan-economy/

Seven Signs of a Successful Incubator
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stephenwunker/2012/12/16/seven-signs-of-a-successful-incubator/

What’s The Future Of The Sharing Economy?
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681009/whats-the-future-of-the-sharing-economy

Hello Global Detroit: China is calling
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/global1212.aspx

The Uselessness of Economic Development Incentives
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/12/uselessness-economic-development-incentives/4081/

Regardless How They're Counted, Incentives Do Nothing for Economic Development
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/12/regardless-how-they-are-counted-incentives-do-nothing-economic-development/4140/

IT in the D to start pursuing nonprofit grants
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121212/NEWS/121219950/it-in-the-d-to-start-pursuing-nonprofit-grants

Algae innovator shifts to feed from waste, wins new funding
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121216/NEWS/312169999/algae-innovator-shifts-to-feed-from-waste-wins-new-funding


CULTURE

Michigan Needs More Parking Founders Explain Why You Can Never Have Enough
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/04/michigan-needs-more-parking-detroit_n_2237059.html

Last days
http://metrotimes.com/culture/last-days-1.1412012

Scott McCabe: Noel Night and Growth in Midtown Detroit
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-mccabe/noel-night-2012_b_2234065.html

Pragmatic agent of change, Paul Hillegonds
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/ACLUfeature1212.aspx


REGIONAL NEWS

Freedom Hill amphitheater to reopen in June with top concert promoter
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121204/ENT04/212040432/Freedom-Hill-amphitheater-reopen-June-top-concert-promoter?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Creative Birmingham zoning bid questioned
http://www.freep.com/article/20121205/BUSINESS04/312050027/Creative-Birmingham-zoning-bid-questioned?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Hackel highlights nonprofit board, $2 billion in investments in his State of Macomb County address
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121205/NEWS/121209916/hackel-highlights-nonprofit-board-2-billion-in-investments-in-his

Hackel touts efficiency, ethics of Macomb Co.
http://www.freep.com/article/20121206/NEWS04/312060246/Hackel-touts-efficiency-ethics-of-Macomb-Co-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Michigan%20news|s

Macomb County's demographic face is changing
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121213/METRO03/212130348/Macomb-County-s-demographic-face-changing?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Wayne County gets spanked by state
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121209/OPINION03/212090303

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel pushes regionalism in State of the County address
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/12/macomb_county_executive_mark_h_1.html

Oakland County Business Roundtable meets in Troy
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2012/12/07/news/local_news/doc50c27c9e0f546221009318.txt

Oakland County IT department wants county to be technological hotspot
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2012/12/07/news/local_news/doc50c256c38b5f5770132113.txt


MICHIGAN POLICY & POLITICS

Michigan tries to lure best, brightest back
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121205/METRO/212050367/Michigan-tries-lure-best-brightest-back?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Despite hurdles, consolidating Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township makes sense
http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-8155-despite-hurdles-consolidating-lansing-east-lansing-and-lansing-township-makes-sense.html

State to ramp up efforts to downsize office space
http://www.freep.com/article/20121210/NEWS15/312100045/State-to-ramp-up-efforts-to-downsize-office-space?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Highlight of bills passed by Michigan's lame duck legislature
http://www.freep.com/article/20121216/NEWS15/312160243/Highlight-of-bills-passed-by-Michigan-s-lame-duck-legislature

Biz, labor must unite for progress
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121216/NEWS/312169993/other-voices-biz-labor-must-unite-for-progress#

Talking energy and environment with the State's Valerie Brader
http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/valeriebrader1212.aspx


DETROIT POLICY & POLITICS

New EM act to quicken city's action
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121216/NEWS/312169969/new-em-act-to-quicken-citys-action

Stephen Henderson: If the state wants to run the city, it needs to make it work
http://www.freep.com/article/20121206/COL33/312060240/Stephen-Henderson-If-the-state-wants-to-run-the-city-it-needs-to-make-it-work?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

Stephen Henderson: In Detroit, there's no escape from hard choices
http://www.freep.com/article/20121205/COL33/312050018/Stephen-Henderson-In-Detroit-there-s-no-escape-from-hard-choices

Detroit to reopen 13 police mini-stations
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121205/METRO01/212050383

Hope, despair in Detroit: Tale of two cities
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121206/OPINION03/212060388/Hope-despair-Detroit-Tale-two-cities?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Editorial: Here's that rainy day, Detroit
http://www.freep.com/article/20121206/OPINION01/312060114/Editorial-Here-s-that-rainy-day-Detroit?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

State laying groundwork for managed bankruptcy for Detroit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121207/OPINION03/212070365/State-laying-groundwork-managed-bankruptcy-Detroit?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Advisory board OKs Dillon's path toward a Detroit emergency financial manager
http://www.freep.com/article/20121210/NEWS01/121210067/Advisory-board-OKs-Dillon-s-path-toward-Detroit-emergency-financial-manager-

Scaled-down urban farm still a tough sell in Detroit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121210/OPINION03/212100354/Scaled-down-urban-farm-still-tough-sell-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says pressure of job isn't getting to him, defends decisions
http://www.freep.com/article/20121216/NEWS01/312160267/Detroit-Mayor-Dave-Bing-says-pressure-of-job-isn-t-getting-to-him-defends-decisions?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Why does Detroit have land banks?
http://wearemodeshift.org/node/582

City of Detroit issues bonus checks to nonunion employees
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121213/NEWS01/121219938/city-of-detroit-issues-bonus-checks-to-nonunion-employees


TRANSPORTATION

Global Gateways: International Aviation in Metropolitan America
http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/aviation?goback=.gde_771237_member_194734728

Denver says it is moving ahead with "Airport City"
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_22154422/denver-says-it-is-moving-ahead-airport-city

Airports: Where the Jobs Are
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/12/airports-where-jobs-are/4046/

Shifting Political Winds Begin, at Last, to Favor Transit in Detroit
http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/12/10/shifting-political-winds-begin-at-last-to-favor-transit-in-detroit/

LaHood: Federal funding on track for M-1, regional transit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121213/POLITICS03/212130461/LaHood-Federal-funding-track-M-1-regional-transit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Oakland County planners want area to be more bike-friendly
http://www.freep.com/article/20121208/NEWS03/121208050/Oakland-County-bike-friendly?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Here They Are: The Best and Worst American Transportation Projects
http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/12/12/here-they-are-the-best-and-worst-american-transportation-projects/

The Michigan Department of Transportation requesting comments on transportation program
http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/the-michigan-department-of-transportation-requesting-comments-on-transportation-program


CITIES / URBANISM

How HUD Took Bottom-Up Planning to a Whole New Level
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/12/how-hud-went-hyper-local/4074/

Urbanization Fuels Property Development
http://www.nuwireinvestor.com/articles/urbanization-fuels-property-development-60186.aspx

Here's how each firm would help city envision future
http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20121216/NEWS10/212160465/Here-s-how-each-firm-would-help-city-envision-future?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Livonia|s

10 Reasons Millennials Might Abandon Big Cities
http://www.businessinsider.com/big-cities-worry-millennials-will-leave-2012-12


RIGHT TO WORK

Stephen Henderson: Snyder's arguments for right-to-work are balderdash
http://www.freep.com/article/20121206/COL33/312060264/Stephen-Henderson-Snyder-s-arguments-right-work-balderdash?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Democrats warn Snyder about consequences of Michigan right-to-work legislation rush
http://www.freep.com/article/20121210/NEWS06/121210036/?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE

A victory for right-to-work laws
http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/12/opinion/bennett-michigan-unions/index.html?hpt=hp_bn7

Right-to-work vote defining moment
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121211/OPINION03/212110346/Right-work-vote-defining-moment?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Rochelle Riley: Unions need to remind people what life was like without them
http://www.freep.com/article/20121212/COL10/312120091/Rochelle-Riley-Unions-need-to-remind-people-what-life-was-like-without-them?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Businesses hesitate to embrace shift
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121212/OPINION03/212120359/Businesses-hesitate-embrace-shift?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Tom Walsh: There should be an uproar in Michigan all right, but not about right-to-work
http://www.freep.com/article/20121212/COL06/312120134/Tom-Walsh-There-should-an-uproar-Michigan-all-right-not-about-right-work

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel says he feels vindicated by right-to-work vote
http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2012/12/13/news/local_news/doc50cab66e4fba3155859174.txt

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Policy News from Detroit: Dec. 2, 2012

For all my readers out there, please consider making an end-of-year donation to a cause I hold very dear to my heart, Summer in the City.  Visit www.summerinthecity.com/donate for more information on how you can support Detroit's future.  Thanks - Geoff

FEATURED

It's the New Economy, Stupid
http://www.thenation.com/article/171502/its-new-economy-stupid#

Dave Bing's Detroit: What's on the mayor's tour
http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/29/travel/dave-bing-detroit-red-chair/

As Companies Seek Tax Deals, Governments Pay High Price
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/us/how-local-taxpayers-bankroll-corporations.html?pagewanted=all


NATIONAL POLICY & POLITICS

Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide is Splitting America
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/11/red-state-blue-city-how-the-urban-rural-divide-is-splitting-america/265686/

KEITH CRAIN: An early vote: Snyder for president
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121202/NEWS/312029983/keith-crain-an-early-vote-snyder-for-president


DETROIT BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Mapping Motown - Architect Magazine - P.88
http://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?i=133262

Photo-a-day project reflects woman's vision of Detroit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121202/METRO/212020310

AIA design competition aims to redefine Detroit waterfront
http://www.modeldmedia.com/inthenews/AIAdesign1112.aspx

Harvard on Detroit: It’s a long road to recovery, but our “Vacancy” sign is clear to all
http://blog.thedetroithub.com/2012/11/16/harvard-on-detroit-its-a-long-road-to-recovery-but-our-vacancy-sign-is-clear-to-all/

Detroit Labs outgrowing the M@dison Building, but not Detroit
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/11/detroit_labs_outgrowing_the_md.html

Beijing is epitome of density, while Detroit deals with vast expanses of empty land
http://www.freep.com/article/20121202/BUSINESS07/312020126/Beijing-is-epitome-of-density-while-Detroit-deals-with-vast-expanses-of-empty-land?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

What can be done with Detroit's thousands of empty properties?
http://www.mlive.com/business/detroit/index.ssf/2012/11/what_can_be_done_with_detroits.html

Hantz near 1st rung on tree farm climb
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121202/NEWS/312029973/hantz-near-first-rung-on-tree-farm-climb


DETROIT POLICY & POLITICS

Bing: City government suffering from 'sense of entitlement'
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121129/METRO01/211290469/Bing-City-government-suffering-from-sense-entitlement-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

It won't get easier for Detroit
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121202/OPINION03/212020309/Column-won-t-get-easier-Detroit?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Packard Plant Foreclosure: County Plans To Seize Vacant Detroit Factory With $750,000 In Unpaid Back Taxes
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/packard-plant-foreclosure_n_2203900.html

The Packard Plant: Big. Ugly. Dangerous.
http://www.freep.com/article/20121202/NEWS01/312020186/Packard-Plant-Why-has-go?odyssey=mod|defcon|text|FRONTPAGE

Roberts: Building by building, Detroit Public Schools going 'green'
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121129/OPINION01/211290332/Roberts-Building-by-building-Detroit-Public-Schools-going-green-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Saving Detroit
Drastic measures are necessary right now
http://metrotimes.com/columns/saving-detroit-1.1408996

Detroit in denial of crisis like old GM
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121127/OPINION03/211270321

Rochelle Riley: Same old, same old is sinking Detroit amid dire finances
http://www.freep.com/article/20121202/COL10/312020242/Rochelle-Riley-Same-old-same-old-is-sinking-Detroit-amid-dire-finances


TRANSPORTATION

2022: Cheap flights, more rail and hands-free cars
http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/27/travel/future-travel/index.html?hpt=hp_bn10

The Best U.S. Cities For Public Transit: Portland, Chicago Outrank New York City (PHOTOS)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/29/best-us-cities-for-public-transit_n_2211943.html

Johnson Development to Solicit Projects for 113-Acre Memphis Industrial Complex  (Aerotropolis)
http://www.cpexecutive.com/regions/southeast/johnson-development-to-solicit-projects-for-113-acre-memphis-industrial/

Jones Lang LaSalle to market former Mall of Memphis site
http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2012/11/27/jones-lang-lasalle-to-market-former.html

Gov. Snyder strategist pushes action on Regional Transit Authority: 'This is an historic opportunity'
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/11/snyder_strategist_pushes_actio.html

MARY KRAMER: Senator's Detroit bus ride drives transit bills
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121202/NEWS/312029986/mary-kramer-senators-detroit-bus-ride-drives-transit-bills


MICHIGAN POLICY & POLITICS

Mich. Senate passes transit bills, fee on car registrations to fund plan
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121128/POLITICS02/211280354/1409/metro/Mich-Senate-passes-transit-bills-fee-car-registrations-fund-plan

After 40 years of region trying to get it done, Snyder may be key to mass transit
http://www.freep.com/article/20121202/NEWS15/312020246/After-40-years-of-region-trying-to-get-it-done-Snyder-may-be-key-to-mass-transit?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Snyder unveils proposal to connect Belle Isle, Wisconsin with bike trail
http://www.freep.com/article/20121128/NEWS06/121128039/Gov-Rick-Snyder-fracking-environmental?odyssey=nav|head

Gov. Rick Snyder's energy plan draws mixed reaction from environmental, conservation groups
http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/snyders_energy_plan_draws_mixe.html

Snyder calls for land auction reform, resolution to urban farming debate
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121128/POLITICS02/211280389/Snyder-calls-land-auction-reform-resolution-urban-farming-debate?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Editorial: GOP continues health care tantrum
http://www.freep.com/article/20121130/OPINION01/311300042/Editorial-GOP-continues-health-care-tantrum?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Mich. development agency starts $3M program for downtown improvements
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121126/BIZ/211260422/1361/Mich.-development-agency-starts-$3M-program-for-downtown-improvements

Snyder pledges new approach to public lands
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121201/NEWS01/121209999/snyder-pledges-new-approach-to-public-lands


REGIONAL NEWS

Wayne Co. faces added oversight
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121201/METRO01/212010349/Wayne-Co-faces-added-oversight?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

State House OKs bill to end Wayne County treasurer's extra pay for collecting delinquent taxes
http://www.freep.com/article/20121129/NEWS15/311290169/State-House-OKs-bill-to-end-Wayne-County-treasurer-s-extra-pay-for-collecting-delinquent-taxes?odyssey=mod|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
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121127/OPINION01/211270312/1008/opinion01/Editorial-There-he-goes-again

Troy's new mayor calls transit center's start 'a great day'
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121127/METRO02/211270378/Troy-s-new-mayor-calls-transit-center-s-start-great-day-?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE


BUSINESS / AUTO

Wayne County entrepreneur urges 'certainty' in business forum with Obama
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121127/BIZ/211270413/Wayne-County-entrepreneur-urges-certainty-business-forum-Obama?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p

Source: Michigan to host 2 battery centers
http://www.freep.com/article/20121130/BUSINESS07/311300058/Source-State-to-host-2-battery-centers?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

Porsche breaks ground for their $100 million HQ with 1.6 mile test track in the US
http://www.rushlane.com/porsche-headquarter-us-1253568.html

How Chrysler's marketing chief lifted Motor City pride, and car sales
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121126/FREE/121129928

Pittsburgh entrepreneurs work to make Rust Belt states centers of high-tech innovation
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/news/pittsburgh-entrepreneurs-work-to-make-rust-belt-states-centers-of-high-tech-innovation-664540/

Possible sale of battery maker A123 to China firm concerns Michigan delegation
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121129/AUTO01/211290441/1121/auto0104/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
http://www.freep.com/article/20121202/COL06/312020130/Tom-Walsh-Michigan-s-role-in-defense-industry-work-is-big-and-should-be-bigger

Rise In Export Assistance Programs Helps Small Businesses Expand
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ups/2012/11/27/rise-in-export-assistance-programs-helps-small-businesses-expand/

U.S. Bancorp to open loan office here
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121202/NEWS/312029969/u-s-bancorp-to-open-loan-office-here

Advanced battery project will take 'five times five times five' approach to research
http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2012/11/advanced_battery_program_will.html

CITIES / URBANISM

New books explore why cities matter, and how we can save them
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/new-books-explore-why-cities-matter-and-how-we-can-save-them/article5839123/

Mitigating the environmental paradox of smart growth: softening urban density
http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/mitigating_the_environmental_p.html

2012's Best Smart Growth Projects, According to the EPA
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/11/7-best-smart-growth-projects-according-epa/4016/

Skyscrapers - past, present and future
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20447257


CULTURE / OTHER

Michigan Alumni: Miniature Michigan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzTI8qSosvc

Detroit has supporters in documentary audience in Britain
http://www.freep.com/article/20121127/COL06/311270095/Tom-Walsh-Detroit-has-supporters-in-documentary-audience-in-Britain?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

‘Detropia’ documentary doesn’t paper over Detroit’s darkest days, but hope manages to survive, too
http://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2012/11/28/detropia-documentary-doesnt-paper-over-detroits-darkest-days-but-hope-manages-to-survive-too/

Empty Pavilion in Detroit Solicits a Latent Public
http://archinect.com/news/article/62464702/empty-pavilion-in-detroit-solicits-a-latent-public

A Mini-Golf Course In Downtown Detroit To Change How We See Blight
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680886/a-mini-golf-course-in-downtown-detroit-to-change-how-we-see-blight#1