March 9, 2020

I do not like these trees.

Down the street from the League’s Ann Arbor offices is this row of oak trees, 20 years old or so. They line the vacant lot, about a five-acre grassy space, at the edge of an office park. I do not…
March 2, 2020

An Immersive Experience in German Sustainable Urban Development

American Council on Germany Sustainable Urban Development Study Tour 2019 Participants, Old Town Mannheim, Germany In early December 2019, I joined seven fellow Americans and eight Germans in touring Dusseldorf, Mannheim, and Heidelberg with the American Council on Germany’s Sustainable…
January 17, 2020

Prospecting in the Opportunity Zone gold rush

(This piece originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of The Review magazine.) Created by the federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act at the end of 2017, Opportunity Zones have all the features of a gold rush: things are moving…
October 9, 2019

Scaling down Detroit’s riverfront

Thanks to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, this year's Convention attendees had the chance to be wowed by the transformation of Detroit's waterfront during two mobile workshops and a general session with Conservancy CEO Mark Wallace. While our largest city's efforts…
August 27, 2019

How Detroit Built a Better Preservation Playbook

Detroit is midstride in its great comeback, emerging like a phoenix in full burn. In a city which has suffered so much loss, not only are community leaders and private investors acting to salvage what remains, but they are making…
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