Long-term Detroit neighborhood stabilization plan to be unveiled
BY LEONARD N. FLEMING. Jan 9, 2013
Detroit — A long-term plan for Detroit’s future to be unveiled today envisions stable, revitalized neighborhoods in which vacant land is put to creative use and residents have incentives to move to more populated areas.
The process, which began in earnest in 2010 as the Detroit Works project, will be detailed at a news conference held by Mayor Dave Bing and a host of urban planning firms from as far away as London that took part in figuring out how to bring Detroit back.
The Detroit Strategic Framework, as organizers have dubbed it, came together after scores of public sessions with thousands of residents and consultants from around the country.
The plan involves everything from creatively reusing large swaths of empty land and expanded public transportation to supporting local businesses and finding ways to help foster economic growth.
The revitalization of Detroit will go on despite the city’s serious financial problems because county, state and federal and business assistance will help make changing the city a priority, members of the steering team involved in the project said Tuesday.
"This cannot live in city government alone," said Dan Pitera, executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center. He served as director of civic engagement for the project."
Graphic: The Detroit Works Project Long-Term Planning Team