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Eric McAfee
From New Orleans after Katrina, the Gulf Coast after the BP oil spill, and the landscape of Afghanistan pockmarked by war, Eric McAfee has considerable experience working as an urban planner in environments suffering varying degrees of crisis.

Entries by Eric McAfee

Aging at Home: Does It Have to Be an Uphill Climb?

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Baby Boomers remain the largest generation by volume of any recorded in the history of the United States. Though part of common parlance, the label "baby boom" imposes artificial bookends upon a group of people whose only real commonality is that they were conceived in the years following World War...

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Urban Recycling: Not a Bad (Unironic) Beer in the Box.

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 5:22 PM

A recycling station housed in an old factory building might not seem like a novel concept, particularly in a city with a plethora of underutilized or vacant industrial space. Like Detroit.

And even the...

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A Standalone Sears: Is There Weakness in Numbers?

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Some businesses just fail to quit, though it's not necessarily from lack of trying.

And if all the negatives in that sentence dilute the denotation, that might be the whole point, at least when the businesses in question are former retail leviathans like Kmart and Sears. The two brand names,...

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So Detroit's Streetlights Are Ancient -- You Got a Problem With That?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 5:13 PM

Seven months after the announcement, it still seems like the largest municipal bankruptcy filing (at least up to this point) is the stuff of legend -- the culminating event, after successive blunders. The apex. Or the nadir. No doubt those of us living here are guilty of a degree of...

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The Michigan Left: Working Out the Kinks (but Keeping the Curves)

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 10:10 AM

No, it's not a reference to a statewide political movement, but it at least it enjoys some possibility of taking the nation by storm. But, at least in this case, it all begins with a pretty ordinary road sign.

It should go without saying that a clear indicator of an...

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Killing the Lights: The Emptiest Parts of the City No Longer Need Traffic Signals

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:32 PM

Scattered throughout various locations throughout the City of Detroit, one is likely to run into this sign.


It may be unusual in almost any other urban area, but not the Motor City. In due time, the city could end up removing...

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The Dequindre Cut: Assessing its Southern End as it Pushes Northward

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 9:17 AM

By this point in time, rail-trail conversions are so commonplace that they really don't need more than a brief explanation on how they work. The name says it all: for the last three decades (give or take), we have transformed thousands of miles of old rail lines into recreational trails,...

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Movable Memorials: Ghost Bikes in the Motor City

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 3:49 PM

In certain subcultures, it's become a meme. But it took me a little while to catch on. Only after driving past this curiosity for three consecutive days did I realize what it was. It's not showy, but that's the point. Look slightly to the left of the center of this...

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