07/02/2013 08:41 am ET Updated Sep 01, 2013

Forefront Excerpt: Can Urban Planning Rescue Detroit - Next City


Toni Griffin and Charles Cross are only the latest in a long line to imagine Detroit's future. Those who try often spin into the weeds. There have been nonsense proposals, like one offered by a group of moneyed libertarians to turn Belle Isle, the city's 985-acre island park, into a private self-governing commonwealth where citizenship is priced at $300,000, a unique currency -- the "Rand" -- is adopted, and neighboring Detroiters are employed to build skyscrapers and helipads for the Belle Islanders.

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