Rethinking Detroit

Detroit reporter John Gallagher's new book "Reimagining Detroit" considers what it will take to remake The Motor City into a model that will work for the future.

Gallagher is the business & architecture reporter for the Detroit Free Press. His hope for the book is that it encourage a "healthy debate" on how best to plan for the city's future. Dennis Archambault interviewed Gallagher for model D:

"Q. You believe that "Detroit can embody a gritty success." How do you define this success and what do you believe is really possible here?

A. I think that Detroit can become a greener, more entrepreneurial city, with a healthy mix of dense urban districts mixed with less urban uses such as wind farms, urban agriculture, greenways, and parks. I think light rail can become a reality, along with the retail and commercial development that may rise along the routes. I think Detroit can be better governed as we devolve power to the district level, and as special-purpose entities like the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Eastern Market Corp. emerge to oversee specific part of the city's fabric. "

Thanks to BVos

Full Story: Rethink, remake, redo: John Gallagher explores Detroit's brave new world in visionary book

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