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Detroit School Series: The City After Abandonment

January 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

January 28th, 2014 
Time: 4:00pm
Betty Ford Classroom, 1110 Weill Hall
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Free and open to the public.
A reception and book signing will follow the discussion. The City After Abandonment will be available for purchase at the event for $45 with cash or a check to the University of Michigan.

About the panel:
Many American cities, especially those in the Northeast and Midwest, have lost jobs and population for decades. Nevertheless, most city leaders pursue growth whether through tax incentives or stadiums and casinos, and most neighborhood activists envision redeveloped and rebuilt communities. But do alternatives exist? The City after Abandonment tackles that issue by addressing three questions. What do cities become after abandonment? What institutions and policies make a difference in what such cities become? What should these cities become? The panelists will discuss the book’s findings and what these suggest about the future for better, though smaller, cities.

About the presenters:

  • Margaret Dewar is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan. Her research concerns what cities become following abandonment, a major transformation affecting many cities in the United States but one in which urban planners usually have little role. She has written several articles that identify political relationships, institutions, laws, and other factors that make a difference in outcomes following abandonment under the same market conditions.
  • June Manning Thomas, PhD, FAICP, is Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, at the University of Michigan, with a joint appointment in Residential College. Her books include Redevelopment and Race: Planning a Finer City in Postwar Detroit, the co-edited Urban Planning and the African American Community, and Planning Progress: Lessons from Shoghi Effendi, as well as several other books, journal articles, and book chapters.
  • John Gallagher is a veteran journalist and author whose latest book, Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City, was named by the Huffington Post as among the best social and political books of 2010. John is a native of New York City. He joined the Detroit Free Press in 1987 to cover urban and economic redevelopment efforts in Detroit and Michigan, a post which he still holds. His other books include Great Architecture of Michigan and, as co-author, AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture. John and his wife, Sheu-Jane, live along Detroit’s east riverfront.


Sponsored by:

  • University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)
  • Urban and Regional Planning Program
  • Detroit School Series
  • Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Residential College


For more information on the Detroit School Series, please click here.


January 28, 2013
4:00 pm