Creative Detroit? Re-imagining The Motor City Neal Baj and Taylor Brydges
Why Detroit? • Post-Industrial City • Epitome of Financial Crisis • Post-Recession Recovery?
Where is Detroit? http://geology.com/satellite/cities/map/detroit-map.gif
Where is Detroit? http://clickmetrodetroit.info/images/Click_city_M_detroit_map_net.jpg
Boom Time Detroit • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUbsw28PCpA
Postwar Expansion • Postwar era saw extensive freeway construction • This opened up the Motor City, connecting Detroit to the growing region • Period of optimism and growth for the city
Detroit in Decay • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Qp5io9UqY
Detroit’s Decline • Departure of automotive industry • Mass exodus of people and jobs to suburban municipalities • Growing unrest within the Detroit population
Impact of Recession • Decline in innovation (Chan, 2011) • $20 Billion Dollar Deficit (The Citizens Research Council) • Conflicting discussions on how to move forward
What Remains: Focus on Architecture • Abandoned districts in the city • The need to preserve the existing architecture • How can existing architecture be leveraged in redevelopment?
Creative Approaches to Redevelopment • The work of Richard Florida (Rise of the Creative Class, Who’s Your City?, The Great Reset) • Manchester and the CIDS (O’Connor and Gu, 2010) • Create Berlin to Creative Balitmore (Evans, 2009)
Creative Problems • “Creativity is the new black” (Peck, 2008, p.1) • Neoliberal inequality (Zimmerman, 2008) • “Creative class theory has a dark-side” (Donegan and Lowe, 2008)
Is Creativity The Way Out? • What is Detroit doing to innovate out of crisis? • The Detroit Creative Cultural Corridor • Detroit ‘Make It Here’ campaign • Creative Cities 2.0 Summit 2008
Imported From Detroit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKL254Y_jtc
Discussion • If you were the Mayor of Detroit, would you pursue creative city strategies? • What place does Detroit’s history have in planning the economy of the future?