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Friday, April 10 • 1:45pm - 3:10pm
FR1.45.12 Who Makes Detroit? Determinants of Place-Making in the Shrinking City

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This panel will address place-making efforts in the city of Detroit, where investors seek to exploit global trade investment opportunities, a city-wide effort plans for 'Detroit Future City,' and private developers and philanthropies steer investments to central business district rebuilding and use strategic investments to support well-placed neighborhoods. The panel brings together scholars who are exploring the impacts of real-estate and foundation strategic investments, the shrinking role of local government, the role of the media in place-making and community based strategic planning and other autonomous neighborhood initiatives. The panel asks, what determines how Detroit is ‘remade’ when the mediating role of local government is diminished? As global private and philanthropic investors focus efforts on 'place-making' strategies, marginalized urban neighborhoods are often left to employ 'do-it-yourself-planning.' The panel also explores the constraints on and openings for urban communities as they assert their own local visions. The panel asks: How do communities plan for their own needs and desired future direction? How do they resist more resourced efforts that negatively impact their own self-determined efforts? Does 'do-it-yourself planning' result from a scarcity of external support for community initiatives or a desire to resist 'place-making' plans launched by external actors? Community responses have included negotiating community benefit agreements, launching community-based strategic planning, and other autonomous community planning projects. The panel assesses possible determinants of the emergence of self-determination efforts and asks under which circumstances they are most impactful.

The Structural Origins of Territorial Stigma: Racial Politics and Detroit’s Regional Water System (1950s-2010s)
Dana Kornberg, University of Michigan

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Navigating Foundation Impact to Attain Community Self-Determination in Detroit Future City
Janice Bockmeyer, City University of New York - John Jay College

Place-Making from Below: The Politics of Community Benefits Agreements and Equitable Redevelopment in Detroit
Amy Krings, University of Michigan

Community-Based Organizations as De Facto City Planning Offices
Margaret Dewar, University of Michigan

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Janice Bockmeyer

Associate Professor, City University of New York - John Jay College

Dana Kornberg

University of Michigan
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Amy Krings

Doctoral Candidate in Social Work & Political Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Janice Bockmeyer

Associate Professor, City University of New York - John Jay College

Friday April 10, 2015 1:45pm - 3:10pm EDT
Michelangelo (2nd floor)