From Segregation to Gentrification

From Segregation to Gentrification

Seattle and Detroit are two cities with similar population sizes (684K and 677K respectively). Thirty-five is the median age of residents, with a home ownership rate of 46.6% in both cities. Both have a vibrant downtown district located adjacent to large bodies of...
THE PROMISE OF DURHAM

THE PROMISE OF DURHAM

The future of America could look a lot like Durham, North Carolina. This mid-sized city’s evolving economic infrastructure may hold key lessons for similarly situated metros and the nation writ large. Durham has a diverse population of 263,000, with a minority...
Public Policy and the Degradation of Detroit

Public Policy and the Degradation of Detroit

Every American with an interest in social justice and the future of our urban economies should watch two paradigm-shifting visual productions from last summer. One is a Hollywood film, and the other is an hour-long mayoral presentation to business leaders. Both are...
Can We Build Inclusive, Innovative Local Economies?

Can We Build Inclusive, Innovative Local Economies?

Fifty years ago, Detroit was raging hot with racial tension between a predominantly black population and a predominantly white police force. That powder keg exploded at the Algiers Hotel in 1967. The new movie “Detroit” explores this historic event. READ...