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LunchUP: "Sustainability Guidelines for the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone" and "Milwaukee Junction Creative Campus"

LunchUP: "Sustainability Guidelines for the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone" and "Milwaukee Junction Creative Campus"

Presenter: Alana Tucker, MUP 2017, "Sustainability Guidelines for the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone"
Description: The Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) has been an important driver in establishing a safe, clean, and inviting reputation for Downtown Detroit. The organization is housed within the Downtown Detroit Partnership and collects a special assessment from property owners in the Downtown to carry out duties, such as the maintenance of most of the parks and medians as well as waste removal from sidewalk receptacles. These and other roles and responsibilities of the BIZ position it well for addressing environmental sustainability in Downtown Detroit in the future. The professional project, under the direction of Professor Larissa Larsen and BIZ Director Gina Cavaliere, will develop a Sustainability Guidelines report for the BIZ, and will be presented to the BIZ Board of Directors in April 2017.

 

Presenter: Ujijji Davis, MUP 2017, "Milwaukee Junction Creative Campus"
As Detroit neighborhoods, like Midtown and Downtown, undergo a significant urban revitalization, the prospect of increased real estate values poses a threat to Detroit artists and creatives. It is imperative that Detroit tackles this threat in a way that protects artists and creatives from their otherwise inevitable displacement because they have proven to be an essential component to Detroit’s urban revival and neighborhood stabilization. This framework plan seeks to develop a preemptive response to gentrification in a way that promotes the long-term residency of artists and creatives in Detroit. Using the neighborhood of Milwaukee Junction as a case study neighborhood, the framework plan proposes changes to physical land use, economic policy, and community strategies in order to offer both residential and economic opportunities that support Detroit artists and creatives and their long-term presence in the area.

These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship. 

Lunch is included, please bring a drink.