With a focus on views of destruction and emptiness, observers usually miss the ways that residents and other property owners transform the city when many people and jobs depart. In a very vacant area of Detroit, residents, nonprofits, and others have remade the property pattern through takeover of vacant lots and development of housing on wider lots. They also reuse vacant land in many ways and acquire property with intentions for future uses. Urban designers and urban planners should work with committed residents and nonprofits, rather than overlook them, in remaking the city after abandonment.
Author: Margaret Dewar
Co-authors: Robert Linn
Publication: In June Manning Thomas and Henco Bekkering, eds., Mappng Detroit (Detroit: Wayne State University Press)
Published: March 2015