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Detroit School Series: Lessons from Youngstown

March 19, 2014
Time: 4:15pm
Ford School of Public Policy - Annenberg Auditorium

In 2005, Youngstown released its innovative "2010 Plan," which accepted that Youngstown would not grow yet could still become a better, smaller city. A decade out, what have we learned? Panelists will include Hunter Morrison, one of the planners who led "Youngstown 2010" and now Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium; Ian Beniston, Deputy Director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation; John Russo, Visiting Research Fellow at Virginia Tech's Metropolitan Institute and co-author of Steeltown; and June Thomas and Margaret Dewar, professors of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Michigan's Taubman College and co-editors of The City After Abandonment. The panel will be held Wednesday, March 19, from 4 to 5:30 pm in Annenberg Auditorium (Weill Hall, Ford School of Public Policy). The event is co-sponsored with CLOSUP.

About The Detroit School Series
Both the Chicago School of Sociology and the L.A. School of Urbanism have contributed many ideas to understanding cities. But Detroit is neither a dense, industrial Chicago nor a sprawling, fast-growing, immigrant-rich Los Angeles. Yet Detroit is representative of a host of cities that have experienced sustained and substantial deindustrialization, depopulation, and disinvestment since World War II.

Is it time to establish a Detroit School of Urban Studies? If so, what defines it? How does thinking about Detroit-like cities change the questions we ask and the answers we pursue in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies? What do we gain by rallying a community of scholars under the Detroit School banner? What do we lose? Explore these issues throughout the academic year through the Detroit School Series.

Learn more at http://www.umich.edu/~detsch/index.html