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Course Detail

Term Winter 2018
Class URP 610
Class Title The Restoration of a Riverfront: Challenges and Opportunities of an Urban Public Space Development
Description Charged with overseeing the massive restoration of the Detroit riverfront, the instructor of this course spent ten years as president and CEO of the non-profit organization, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, leading one of the most successful public private partnerships in the region. With an ultimate vision of five miles of waterfront development, the organization's responsibilities included the design, construction, programming, operations and maintenance, and raising the funds required to support all cost associated with the creation and sustainability of the public space. This course will address the development of the Detroit riverfront, the significant challenges and incredible opportunities that existed in the early 2000s when the initiative was launched, the myriad of complex issues associated with leading such an effort, and how the project came together in a way that galvanized a community and, against all odds and in the face of incredible disbelief, resulted in the creation of a public space that today hosts millions of visitors on an annual basis, has generated over a billion dollars of public and private investment, and stands out as one of the most successful public private partnerships in the history of the region.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Meets Wednesday 5:00-8:00pm 2210 A&AB
Credits 3
Faculty FayeNelson
Syllabus not available
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