Tag Archives: Urbanism

Failing Infrastructure Takes a Toll on Communities

I write on infrastructure. I have highlighted its importance to creating and maintaining great cities. And I have bemoaned the job that the state of Michigan does as the main steward of roads, bridges, transit and airports in my state. … Continue reading

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State imposed oppressive funding scheme for municipal operations hurts all communities, not just Flint

Here is an excellent article that appears in today’s Detroit Free Press from my colleague Tony Minghine, further evidence that Michigan’s system for funding cities is broken and must change. Take a look. Michigan’s way of funding cities set stage … Continue reading

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Flint Water- for every action there is a reaction

Many outsiders look at the situation in Flint, Michigan with bewilderment. They ask, how can an American city essentially poison its own citizens with lead laced water? What kind of process leads to this type of outcome? First, let’s track … Continue reading

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Increasing Home Ownership by Combating the ‘Appraisal Gap’ in Detroit

The appraisal gap is a problem in cities like Detroit. The effects of years of economic decline and depopulation continue to wreak havoc on the real estate market, despite hot markets in several neighborhoods in the city. So the gap … Continue reading

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