Monday, April 19, 2010
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