The Revitalization of Detroit Is A Conversation Between Peopleby greenspacewriter 10/21/2012
What makes a city liveable? What will Detroit look like and act like in 15-20 years? The revitalization of Detroit is filled with possibilities. Finding ways to support Detroit in developing in alignment with human-scalability is a big consideration as well as a huge undertaking by city residents, city planners and agencies, artists, students, and young professionals. GreenspaceNYC supports the transformation of post-industrial conditions through social entrepreneurship, urban design, and targeted city services in which residents can thrive in healthy and liveable conditions.
Detroit was once a city of nearly 2 million people—- a booming metropolis. Today, Detroit has shrunk to a population of approximately 700,000. It is best known as the home of automobile manufacturing and, in particular, the Ford Motor company. Detroit was founded in 1701 as a French Canadian settlement. It is a city with a rich history in engineering and manufacturing, the arts, music, and civic engagement.
With the loss of many businesses following a huge economic downturn, Detroit has become heavily vacated. There is, however, a promising movement to revitalize its infrastructure with much of this occurring in its higher-density downtown and midtown areas. Self-organized urbanism is emerging at the core of this revitalization movement, a regrowth that embodies a DoItYourself aesthetic. Current urban tactics include microscale activism and community organizing, community gardens, public art, and neighborhood rehabilitation.