This week in Legacy City news:
Federalism and Municipal Innovation: Lessons from the Fight Against Vacant Properties
by Benton Martin
Benton Martin writes on the importance of local government to build constituencies and head off objections from other levels of government. The full essay was published in August in The Urban Lawyer.
Will a Greenbelt Help to Shrink Detroit’s Wasteland?
by Mark Skidmore, professor of economics at Michigan State University
This Land Lines article considers the fiscal causes and repercussions of Detroit’s surplus of housing and vacant property, and some potential ways to reconcile the remaining number of people with the amount of vacant and publicly held property. These measures range from targeting densely populated neighborhoods for redevelopment to establishing a greenbelt and reclaiming vacant parcels for public use.
Rutgers Plans New Arts Center in Long Vacant Downtown Newark Department Store
by Ted Sherman, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Rutgers University has approved a $25 million plan to lease three floors of the vacant Hahne & Co. department store in downtown Newark to provide studio, classroom and gallery space for campus arts programs, in partnership with Newark artists, schools and other institutions.
The Remarkable Philanthropic Result of the Most Expensive Team Purchase in NFL History
by Mark Byrnes, The Atlantic Citylab
Charities and nonprofits in Buffalo and Detroit are poised to get a big boost thanks to late Bills owner Ralph Wilson.
Why Chicago Is Still the No. 2 U.S. City for Mexican Immigrants
by Tanvi Misra, The Atlantic Citylab
A closer look at the history of Mexican migration patterns reveals that it’s actually a natural choice.
At Forlorn Urban Churches, Mass Gets Crowded in a Flash
by Michael Paulson, The New York Times
The latest trend in Rust Belt Catholicism!