Many of these urban renewal project failed to generate any forward momentum for Detroit when it was heading in its worst direction. I imagine that the remnants of some of these projects have allowed current developments to succeed, namely the development of “University City” areas at Wayne State University which has become a critical anchor for the city. I wonder how much the West Side Industrial projects have allowed Corktown to rapidly gentrify, Wholesale Distribution at Eastern Market, “Elmwood” projects fostering Lafayette Park area, and not to be forgotten the series of projects at “Medical Center” the other major anchor in what the Mayor’s Office and Brookings Institution are calling an “Innovation District.”
Renaissance, renewal, innovation – will this current era of Detroit development generate sustained change? and for whom?