Book Launch and Presentation


Tuesday 18 April 18.30 - 20.00
Erasmus University College, Library


Nieuwemarkt 1A, 3011 HP, Rotterdam


During this presentation, Brian Doucet (Erasmus University College) will introduce the book and its main findings and insights. Joining us in Rotterdam:
Drew Philp, who purchased an abandoned house in Detroit for $500, renovated it and turned it into his home
Expodium, the Utrecht-based urban ‘do tank’ who organised an artists-in-residency program in Detroit.
 
Joining us via Skype from Detroit:
Josh Akers, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Jackie Victor, co-founder of Avalon International Breads
Malik Yakini, executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network.

This event is free, but registration is required. You can send an email to: doucet@euc.eur.nlto reserve your place



Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Why Detroit Matters
                Brian Doucet

Section I: Lessons from Detroit

2. Detroit’s Bankruptcy: Treating the Symptom, Not the Cause
                George Galster
3. Detroit in Bankruptcy: What are the Lessons to be Learned?
                Reynolds Farley
4. Between Economic Revival and Social Disruption: The Redevelopment of Greater Downtown and the emergence of new socio-spatial Inequalities
                René Kreichauf
5. A New Urban Medicine Show: On the limits of blight remediation
                Joshua Akers
6. Reshaping the Gray Spaces: Resident self-provisioning and urban form in Detroit
                Kimberley Kinder
7. Preserving Detroit by Preserving Its Baseball History
                Jason Roche
8. This is (not) Detroit – Projecting the Future of Germany’s Ruhr Region
                Julia Sattler

Intermezzo I: ‘You may not know my Detroit’ jessica Care moore

Section II: Practices from Detroit

9. Evolution of Municipal Government in Detroit
                John Gallagher
10. Detroit’s emerging innovation in urban infrastructure: how liabilities become assets for energy, water, industry and informatics
                Dan Kinkead
11. Visions In Conflict: A city of possibilities
                Sharon Howell and Richard Feldman
12. Reconstructing Detroit: The Resilient City
                Khalil Ligon
13. Reawakening Culture among Detroit’s Resident Majority
                Jessica Brooke Williams
14. Make Sure You’re Helping: Experts, Solidarity and Effective Partnering With Locals
                Drew Philp
15. New Strategies DMC, Takin’ it all back home: Lessons from Detroit for arts practices in the Netherlands
                Friso Wiersum, Bart Witte and Nikos Doulos

Intermezzo II: My Detroit, by Tyree Guyton

Section III: Conversations from Detroit

16. Lowell Boileau, artist and DetroitYES founder
17. Sandra Hines, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality
18. Malik Yakini, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network
19. Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Corporation
20. Jackie Victor, Avalon International Breads
21. Phil Cooley, Slows Bar-B-Q and Ponyride
22. Wayne Curtis and Myrtle Thompson-Curtis, Feedom Freedom Growers
23. Julia Putnam, Amanda Rosman and Marisol Teachworth, The Boggs School
24. Yusef Bunchy Shakur, writer and community activist
25. Grace Lee Boggs, activist


26. Conclusion: Detroit and the future of the city
                Brian Doucet

 

Want to know more about Detroit? Click on one of the links below

Edited by:

Brian Doucet

Policy Press
Why Detroit Matters: Decline, renewal and hope in a divided city

Brian Doucet (Ed)
Policy Press
Published: April 2017

Detroit has come to symbolise deindustrialization and the challenges, and opportunities, it presents. As many cities struggle with urban decline, racial and ethnic tensions and the consequences of neoliberal governance and political fragmentation, Detroit’s relevance grows stronger. Why Detroit matters bridges academic and non-academic responses to this extreme example of a fractured and divided, post-industrial city.

Contributions from many of the leading scholars on Detroit are joined by influential writers, planners, artists and activists who have contributed chapters drawing on their experiences and ideas. The book concludes with interviews with some of the city’s most prominent visionaries who are engaged in inspiring practices which provide powerful lessons for Detroit and other cities around the world.

The book will be a valuable reference for scholars, practitioners and students from across disciplines including geography, planning, architecture, sociology, urban studies, history, American studies and economics.



Why Detroit Matters

Decline, renewal and hope in a divided city

Detroit


Brian Doucet

Urban Geographer