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Detroit School Series: Conrad Kickert, "Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit"

Join the Detroit School Series for a book talk with Conrad Kickert—Assistant Professor of Urban Design, University of Cincinnati—to celebrate the upcoming release of Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit. In Dream City, Kickert explores how the history of downtown Detroit has differed from the familiar decline of the city's neighborhoods: downtown grew faster, declined differently, and has been forced to reinvent itself time and again while battling the influential forces of the automobile and the suburbs. Introducing a varied cast of downtown power players and original morphological maps, the book traces downtown's rise, fall, and rebirth. Throughout, Kickert examines the paradoxes of Detroit's landscape of extremes, arguing that the current reinvention of downtown is the materialized expression of two centuries of Detroiters' conflicting hopes and dreams.

This lecture will be held Friday, April 19th from 4:15 to 6:00 pm in the East Conference Room (4th floor) in the Rackham Building (Ann Arbor Central Campus).

This lecture is part of the Detroit School Series which seeks to stimulate an interdisciplinary conversation on how research on Detroit—a city often seen as an extreme outlier of decline—can produce knowledge that is original and relevant to urban studies globally. The series focuses on ways research in Detroit and other declining cities reveals unique and meaningful phenomena, magnifies the effects of decline invisible in other contexts, and creates opportunities to test hypotheses and evaluate policies difficult to assess in more densely populated areas. 

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