Land Abandonment, Land Development: The Future of Detroit
On Friday, October 19 from 12 – 1:30 p.m., the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy present, Land Abandonment, Land Development: The Future of Detroit.
This panel discussion on land development and the future of Detroit features John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press, Wayne State University Professor of Urban Planning, Avis C. Vidal and is moderated by Reynolds Farley, Professor Emeritus of Sociology (U-M College of LSA and Institute for Social Research).
About the Panelists:
Reynolds Farley, after teaching at Duke, came to the University of Michigan in 1967 where he has held appointments at the Population Studies Center and the Institute for Social Research. His teaching and research focused upon demographic trends in the United States with an emphasis upon racial issues. For more than a dozen years, he taught the course: The History and Future of Detroit. Along with Sheldon Danziger and Harry Holzer, he wrote Detroit Divided.
John Gallagher is a veteran journalist and author whose latest book, “Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City,” was named by the Huffington Post as among the best social and political books of 2010. John is a native of New York City. He joined the Detroit Free Press in 1987 to cover urban and economic redevelopment efforts in Detroit and Michigan, a post that he still holds. His other books include “Great Architecture of Michigan” and, as co-author, “AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture.” John and his wife, Sheu-Jane, live along Detroit’s east riverfront.
Avis C. Vidal, Professor of Urban Planning at Wayne State University, analyzes alternative approaches to strengthening poor neighborhoods. She is best known for her seminal research on community development corporations (CDCs), but has also analyzed the potential of such varied approaches as the federal Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community program and university-community partnerships. Her current research examines the efforts of anchor institutions and others to revitalize the Midtown neighborhood of Detroit. Prior to joining Wayne State, she served as Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute; Director of the Community Development Research Center at the New School for Social Research; Senior Analysts on the Legislative and Urban Policy Staff at HUD; and Associate Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
This event will take place at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, located on 3663 Woodward Ave., Suite 150, Detroit 48201.