When a man of means such as Mark Spitznagel intentionally goes rogue in Detroit, it is not about survival. It is about ego, audacity, entitlement and a blatant disregard for the rule of law.
I believe in divestment, where appropriate. Threatening to pull our money out of corporations doing business in certain parts of the world can be a good idea, if done in the right place and for the right reasons. Divestment is a terrible idea for Israel.
The widespread proliferation of extended care facilities, senior communities, and the younger "active adult" subdivisions is evidence that a sizable portion of the population is demanding a residential typology that scarcely existed years ago.
It is in many ways an urban planner's utopia: a city craving retribution and redefinition, and one armed with thousands of hungry, skilled workers, available space and as many natural resources as any city in the country.
"Where are you from?" It's a simple question, but for a generation of 20-somethings constantly trying to find themselves and where they belong, it's so much more than that.
Who says made in Michigan can't be brought to your bathroom? I have to admit - it feels good to support a small business and smell nice at the same time.
The Republican-led legislature and the Governor of Michigan passed a watered-down anti-democratic semblance of a bill to increase the minimum wage recently, and critics wonder why no one is jumping for joy.
The lessons from the past, including resistance that led to rethinking the top-down approach and discrimination embedded in the postwar federal urban renewal program, suggest that efforts to reshape American cities' landscapes will not succeed without community buy-in.
San Francisco is presently transforming from one of the world's greatest cities to an uninteresting generic metropolis. There is an alternative to keep San Francisco as the unique, vibrant, fascinating, & interesting city it is today.
Although there are various ways "change" is happening in Detroit, the dominant paradigm of changemaking is too often top-down and exclusionary.
Along the way we've discovered some incredible places that rarely make the top destination lists compiled by traditional travel media. So we decided to start a series dedicated to promoting the world's most underrated cities.
It's no doubt that there's still plenty of work to do.
Every business, including my own, has its own self-sustainment as its primary goal; yet, we Detroiters tend to include in our personal goals a desire - a need - to help Detroit.
If you live in Michigan, or any state where the interests of the wealthy are beginning to overshadow the interests of the public, remember which party is putting it up for sale.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, I became a graphic artist in D.C. Twenty years later, I was involved with the labor movement. At the time, I didn't think that there was a connection between the two, but now I'm quite sure that there is.
An Angeleno urbanist jonesing for the sort of brick and mortar one is hard pressed to find in most parts of Los Angeles, I was excited to be heading back to a place I'd been fascinated with since taking a course at the University of Michigan on urban development in the American rustbelt.