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Face Time: Ken Cockrel Jr. responds to Detroit Future City’s criticisms

December 24, 2014

We dropped by the Detroit Future City’s implementation office to chat with Ken Cockrel Jr., the executive director, about the think tank’s proposed 50-year framework of ideas and some of the criticism the group has faced. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Metro Times: What’s Detroit Future City’s relationship with the mayor […]

Street Beat: Detroit Future City, M-1 Rail, And The New District Detroit

December 19, 2014

Jill Washburn looks at the rebirth of Detroit through the eyes of various organizations who are forging the future. Watch the Segment 4 interview with Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. here. Street Beat: Detroit Future City, M-1 Rail, And The New District Detroit Jill Washburn, December 19, 2014, Street Beat CW 50   

The Detroit hustle: When love for the city goes beyond the 9-to-5

December 17, 2014

Allandra Bulger and Michael Forsyth know what it means to hustle. Both are part of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows, a two-year leadership program of Wayne State University that matches mid-career urban professionals with partner organizations in the city. Forsyth is a member of the inaugural cohort, which began in 2011. Bulger is in the second […]

Detroit’s blight-removal campaign ramps up

December 14, 2014

Softening an international reputation as the home of urban ruin porn, the campaign to rid Detroit of blighted eyesores is at last showing results, with the city demolishing about 200 vacant houses a week, four times the level of a year or so ago. The city believes it can sustain a rate of 200 demolitions […]

Detroit Future City Implementation Office Activates 52 Pilot Initiatives

December 9, 2014

After activating 52 pilot initiatives in 2014, the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office has solidified its position as the team local leaders call-on to help strategically coordinate actions and inform decisions for catalyzing the transformation of Detroit. “It’s been an extremely productive year that gives us plenty to build upon in 2015,” said Kenneth […]

I-375 project delayed, to be announced next year

December 5, 2014

Officials have decided to delay unveiling proposals for the redesign of downtown Detroit’s aging I-375 freeway until early next year. The Detroit Downtown Development Authority and the Michigan Department of Transportation were going to reveal options and seek public feedback on Monday, but canceled the meeting Friday. In a news release they said the delay […]

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