Monday, April 19, 2010

Detroit's Latest Open Space Energizes City

Detroit's "official gathering place," a 2.5 acre green space (Martius Park) in a troubled city center, recently received the Urban Land Institute's Open Space Award, reminding us of the importance of the public realm as a factor of vital cities.  Click here to learn more.  For land use experts and planners, Detroit's latest attempt to bring back its urban corps also serves as a reminder that incorporating smart urban spaces as part of a land use plan makes good business sense, too.  It is expected that the revitalized park will generate approximately $700 million in nearby development, including shopping, cafes, retail outlets, and a corporate headquarters for Compuware. 

Will Cook, Charleston School of Law

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