Detroit Future City

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, 'Comeback City'

Despite the massive improvements Detroit has made both in public perception, it still has a long way to go to in overcoming misperceptions associated with its decades of struggles.

November 4, 2019 - Detroit Free Press

Detroit - Renaissance Center

'Detroit Future City' Enters a New Stage

The Detroit Future City Implementation Office has completed a new strategic plan that will redirect the organizations revitalization efforts, four years after the city adopted the largely successful Detroit Future City framework.

November 10, 2017 - Detroit Free Press

New Releases: A Field Guide for Transforming Vacant Lots

Detroit Future City has released a guidebook for the process of redeveloping, renovating, and remediating neighborhoods full of vacant and blighted properties.

October 22, 2015 - The Detroit News

Detroit's Vacant Properties Strategy Explained

The Detroit Free Press offers clear analysis of the multiple ongoing efforts in Detroit to improve vacant and blighted properties and return them to the benefit of the city's neighborhoods and residents.

June 10, 2015 - Detroit Free Press

Massive Detroit Foreclosures Push Out Black Homeowners

A Detroit reborn sounds great, but what if the residents of “blighted” areas don’t want to leave? Many feel they have no choice in a process that has been compared to racial relocation. Meanwhile, activists scramble to give residents options.

October 24, 2014 - The Atlantic

A Closer Look at Detroit's Blighted Properties

The New York Times has produced a pair of visualization tools to present the findings of the recent report by Detroit's Blight Removal Task Force.

May 29, 2014 - New York Times

Report Recommends $850 Million to Eradicate Detroit's Blight

The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force released its highly anticipated "Every neighborhood has a future...And it doesn't include blight" report today.

May 27, 2014 - MLive

Detroit's Bankruptcy Plan Accelerates Blight Reduction

To drastically increase the rate of Detroit’s ongoing transformation, the city's bankruptcy plan, recently filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, would spend $520 million on its ongoing blight reduction efforts in the hopes of razing 400-500 homes a week.

February 24, 2014 - Detroit Free Press

Questioning ‘If You Demolish It, They Will Come’

Removing Detroit’s blight is highly emotional, and made more difficult by the lack of models for emulation. A recent editorial rejects the assumption that removing blight from over 100,000 vacant lots is sufficient to stimulate economic development.

January 28, 2014 - Detroit Free Press

What Will It Take to Move Detroit's Holdout Homeowners?

Marooned in an ocean of crumbling homes, declining city services, stray dogs, and crime, as many as 10,000 Detroiters live in areas that are unlikely to rebound. What incentives can the city devise to get them to relocate?

October 9, 2013 - Bloomberg News

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