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Caffeine Crash Urbanisms

Some of you know that I am a bartender. If you follow my Twitter or Instagram I have cluttered your feed with videos of DDOT busses and things happening at Rosa Parks Transit Center. In that spirit, here’s some thoughts … Continue reading

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Recentering Detroit, Part 4: Infrastructure and Deeper Histor(ies)

Recentering Detroit is a multipart examination of culture of development in the current city, the ongoing crises and the efforts by residents to define their city, not as a relic of the past to be resurrected or β€œrevitalized,” but a … Continue reading

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Recentering Detroit, Part 3: A Jeffersonian Digression

Recentering Detroit is a multipart examination of culture of development in the current city, the ongoing crises and the efforts by residents to define their city, not as a relic of the past to be resurrected or “revitalized,” but a … Continue reading

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Recentering Detroit, Part 2: The French Connection

Recentering Detroit is a multipart examination of culture of development in the current city, the ongoing crises and the efforts by residents to define their city, not as a relic of the past to be resurrected or “revitalized,” but a … Continue reading

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Recentering Detroit, Part 1: Against Revitalization

By Michael Stepniak Revitalization (and its cousins: Revive, Restore, Reinvigorate, and so on), is more than a buzzword in Detroit. It is a culture of memories. It is a romance with a once-prosperous city and its decay. Consider the word … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Real: It’s Our Money

Watching construction workers appear before Detroit City Council, one after another, to advocate for the rezoning of the new Olympia arena development, I worried that it might actually happen. As a former mason tender, I empathize: a few years of … Continue reading

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A Few Hours In Mt. Clemens

Last week, I had an errand to run in Mt. Clemens. I completed my task ahead of schedule and took the opportunity to take a walk around town. Mt. Clemens is a fascinating place. Low-income and high-income housing exists on … Continue reading

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