The Detroit News published an op-ed I wrote about lessons learned about urban renewal from my undergraduate thesis.
Detroit is facing big problems: declining population, budget deficits and a stagnant economy.
Discussions about fixing the city has generated dramatic ideas, including the Detroit Works Project — Mayor Bing’s roadmap for the city’s future. The plan calls for closing neighborhoods, cutting services and cultivating new industries. But even with the best of intentions, if city leaders don’t learn from the city’s urban renewal mistakes of the past, Detroit will be doomed to repeat them.
Although Detroit’s population has declined by more than 1.3 million since 1950, the problems of how to make tough decisions remain unchanged.
The Detroit News: “Citizens Need Voice in Renewal“Detroit_News_RGoodspeed