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

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