Just got the new issue of Planning. I read the letters page. Some writer from Massachussetts suggested some help for Detroit. He suggested that Detroit preserve/rebuild an area and reanimate/program it a la colonial Williamsburg. That idea has been tried, the brainchild of Henry Ford, called Greenfield Village, in nearby Dearborn. So if anyone can say why another faux trip back in time might work in Detroit proper, I'd love to hear how it might work. It might work, maybe, I can't say for sure. But I am tired of hearing all kinds of remedies to help "fix" Detroit. I am not a Detroit apologist, but some ideas just don't make sense to me. Are there any ideas out there planners might have that are serious? That don't sound silly? Any of those pontificators/futurists been to Detroit? Have you seen some of the intact neighborhoods? Been to Wayne State? Seen a game at Comerica Park? Heard the chickens at Eastern Market?
Yes, there are many shoddy parts to Detroit. And yet there is still much life to see and do in the City, too.