What to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni Griffin

I think the plan Ms. Griffin outlines in this TED Talk is a great example of what progressive cities are doing to become significant in the global marketplace. At the end of the day, government doesn’t create jobs. It’s role is to provide the setting (infrastructure and eco-support systems) that allows individuals and companies to feel secure in their investment decisions.

I think Detroit like New Orleans needs to invest in its’ own people by providing workforce training for the innovation economy opportunities today and in the future.

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Everyone knows Detroit is in trouble. The list of problems assaulting the once-mighty Motor City is long and, from a look at national newspapers, incessantly documented. Most recently, the city filed for bankruptcy; its former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for public corruption. Since the booming 1950s, the city of Detroit has lost more than a million residents; the vacant lots that now speckle the city form a space about the size of Manhattan.

[ted_talkteaser id=1892]Of course, Detroit’s economic collapse was not solely brought about by bad management, but is the result of larger global economic shifts. In a post-industrial economy, as manufacturing has evolved and established itself overseas, Detroit needs to figure out its new place in the new world.

Many people are optimistic it can be done. In today’s talk, architect and city planner Toni Griffin talks about how she…

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