The New Spirit of Detroit


Feral Cat Embodies the Spirit of Detroit, is Forever Memorialized in a New Statue Downtown →
A headline we hope to see in 2014.

WJBK in Detroit posted the following video of a woman being attacked by a cat (after serious provocation, it should be noted).

 

Rust belt cities destined to fail?

TrueGif

 

Killing incentives for investment in communities that need it?

TrueGif

 

Not a lot in the bank but bankrupt in spirit?

TrueGifRead More

Cortez-Li-Liu © 2013

The Urban Freeway Debate: I-81 in Syracuse


If you’re not familiar with the I-81 viaduct battle in Syracuse, this video is a great way to get caught up:

Marc Norman is the Director of Upstate Syracuse, a design and research center at Syracuse University, and a leader in the field of analysis taking place to weigh city’s options as the expressway deteriorates. Marc spoke with News Channel 9 on the opportunity to reconnect the city and begins to answer the question: is this the right answer for Syracuse?

We’re not going to presuppose what the answer is but we’re going to ask the right questions. How do we reconnect the whole street grid? Do we make one-way streets two-way instead? Do we use signalization of lights? Do we create other streets or reconnect what became super blocks so that streets go through again? I think asking all those questions to the DOT will get us some other answers as to whether a boulevard is the right answer here.

Read More