Detroit #2

  • February 22, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • Chris Hunnes' home

Second meetup for our February book, Detroit: An American Autopsy by Chris LeDuff. Join us for a wrap-up discussion about this insightful analysis of Detroit's situation and what it teaches us about sustainable cities. If we have not settled on details of March's meetups, we will finalize those also.

This meetup is in a private home; please contact the host directly via the Meetup message/e-mail options to obtain directions. As is typical for meetings in homes, this meeting is potluck. Thank you to Chris for graciously offering to host.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry everyone but I need to be out of town this weekend to take care of a family member who needs a bit of help. I hope you have a good discussion of Detroit. What a depressing book.

    February 21

  • Ryan S.

    ...And the second link:­

    This is a transcript of a podcast with the author of the aforementioned paper.

    Snip: "Kodrzycki: Time and again, we noted the importance of leadership on the part of key institutions or individuals, along with collaborations among the various constituencies, when it's an interest in economic development. In some cases, the turnaround started with efforts on the part of the public sector, while in other cases, nongovernmental institutions or even private developers were at the forefront".

    February 7

  • Ryan S.

    A couple more links for those of you so interested.­

    This is a paper on resurgent and non-resurgent cities and what may account for success or failure. Springfield, MA is used as the baseline w/ 25 cities making up the comparison group. Grand Rapids (resurgent) and Flint (non-resurgent) are in the comparison group. The Abstract, of course, will give you a Cliff's Notes version if reading the whole thing doesn't interest you.

    February 7

  • Ryan S.

    The _Detroit Free Press_ had a great piece of journalism looking into "How Detroit went Broke":­...­

    P.J. O'Rourke explored "How to Save Detroit" in _The Wall Street Journal_:­...­

    Snip: "Detroit's industrial ruins are picturesque, like crumbling Rome in an 18th-century etching. The tragedy is the desert of blue-collar neighborhoods. Almost every home is burned, a crack house, a cellar hole or stripped of all that's salvageable.

    Hong Kong economics would mean curtailing U.S. welfare and benefit programs, but Detroiters seem to have found the holes in the social safety net already. Forty-four percent are living below poverty level. They could, however, benefit from the jobs and commerce in a vibrant, tax-free Hong Kong economy."

    February 6

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