Tag Archives: Detroit

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 “revitalized,” 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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Detroit Future City: The Economic Growth Element examined

Detroit Future City is the product of a 24 month effort wherein scarce resources were expended. It is the result of the work of many individuals. In order to give it its due, it will be examined in installments, beginning … Continue reading

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How to Say Cass Corridor

A Question of  Neighborhoods About a year ago, I took part in Discover. Engage. Transform., a program created by Leadership Detroit. One of the events on the docket was a bus tour of the city, and for the most part … Continue reading

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Belle Isle and the Religion of Local Control

what kind of city is Detroit? This question, though not always in so many words, is a constant humming irritant in the background noise of this town. The obnoxious soul searching we subject ourselves to denies reality. The truth is … Continue reading

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How About Something Unsexy.

Three pages into Daniel Baldwin Hess and Alex Bitterman’s (2008) article “Bus Rapid Transit Identity: An Overview of Current “Branding Practice,” I found myself sporting quite a smirk. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will never quite jibe with our preoccupation with … Continue reading

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