Sunday, December 2, 2012

Policy News from Detroit: Dec. 2, 2012

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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

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