Detroit

March 13, 2015, 12pm PDT
One of Detroit’s most defining modern characteristics—and most pressing dilemmas—is its huge amount of neglected and vacant land.
Mapping Detroit
February 27, 2015, 1pm PST
Cities are becoming the new economic engines due to growing sectors in technology and knowledge production. Yet, cities must recognize with that transformation there comes not only opportunities but also new challenges.
Common Place
February 9, 2015, 1pm PST
Stephen Henderson pens a strongly worded response to the story of James Robertson, who commutes by foot up to 21 miles a day between Detroit and Rochester Hills. Robertson is a source of pride—the transit system that neglects the region, a disgrace.
Detroit Free Press
January 19, 2015, 6am PST
Stakeholders in Michigan have bought in to the innovation district concept.
Crain's Detroit Business
December 30, 2014, 10am PST
Urbanful examines four cities making the most of scare public spaces by reactivating their alleys with programming and pedestrian-friendly designs.
Urbanful
Blog post
December 29, 2014, 11am PST
One common argument against attempts to control sprawl near declining cities is that the problem is the fault of mismanaged city government.
Michael Lewyn
December 18, 2014, 2pm PST
Researchers at the Institute for Quality Communities at the University of Oklahoma prepared a set of images to show the indelible impact of mid-20th century urban renewal on Midwestern cities.
Institute for Quality Communities
December 17, 2014, 11am PST
Tiger Stadium was demolished in 2008 after a failed bid to preserve the historic ballpark. Recently, however, a new mixed use development, including a baseball diamond for youth sports programs, was approved to take its place.
The Detroit News
December 9, 2014, 11am PST
In many places around the country, the price of water is increasing, quickly. While the reasons for the increase vary depending on the location, common to the issue is the ability of planning to either help or hinder the problem.
Governing
December 3, 2014, 1pm PST
Earlier this week a massive power outage struck Detroit. But that type of embarrassment might soon be a thing of the past because Detroit will soon undertake a $200 million upgrade of its electricity grid.
Detroit Free Press
November 16, 2014, 11am PST
Diana Lind of Next City poses five ways big cities can alleviate some of their pension funding problems.
Next City
November 8, 2014, 7am PST
Federal judge Steven Rhodes approved Detroit’s plan to shed $7 billion of the total $18 billion debt.
The Washington Post
November 6, 2014, 8am PST
Anna Clark has the scoop about the latest wrinkle in the blockbuster Detroit blight auction: the surprise, mysterious bid for 6,000 parcels if off the table.
Next City
October 27, 2014, 9am PDT
Karin Weise reports that an anonymous bidder will pay $3.2 million to purchase 6,000 foreclose homes in Detroit.
Business Week
October 17, 2014, 10am PDT
Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert has an urbanist streak. And only people with his kind of money can singlehandedly buy out big chunks of downtown Detroit. But will his approach to neighborhood-making actually benefit the city as a whole?
Grist
October 5, 2014, 5am PDT
Suzette Hackney, a former Detroit Free Press journalist, expresses her concern about who is getting left out of Detroit's comeback story.
Politico Magazine
September 30, 2014, 7am PDT
Inspired by the Paris Plages temporary urban beach along the Seine, a temporary beach in a park in Downtown Detroit is inspiring the Motor City to rethink its public spaces.
Project For Public Spaces
September 23, 2014, 1pm PDT
Anchorage, Seattle, and Detroit will be pretty cozy compared to just about everywhere else in the United States if climate change models hold true.
New York Times
Blog post
September 21, 2014, 1pm PDT
One of the scariest things about Detroit's bankruptcy proceedings is that the fiscal choices that city made has been repeated in many other cities.
Edward Poteat
September 21, 2014, 11am PDT
Making no little plans is all well and good, but sometimes it is the smallest ideas that can have the biggest impacts for cities and neighborhoods.
Flying Kite