Time on Detroit

Many of the themes that panelists on the Shaping our Towns & Cities project have been discussing come up in Time magazine’s recent installment in their “Assignment Detroit” series, “How to Shrink a City.” How will we manage population changes in our cities and towns–including our shrinking cities and towns? How might public policy encourage greater density of development–including the contraction of our shrinking cities? What role might our industrial policy (or lack of a well-thought out industrial policy) play in the future of a shrinking city such as Detroit? How might the natural environment and the built environment be better harmonized in our towns and cities? Questions like these, and many more, have been swirling around our project discussions. It’s good to see them in a popular format like Time. The series is worth a look.

–Jeff Prudhomme

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