Detroit: What Worked, and for Whom?

Date(s) - 12/03/19
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Ida Noyes Hall University of Chicago

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Detroit: What Worked, and for Whom?

Tue, December 3, 2019 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

In 2013, the City of Detroit declared bankruptcy, the nadir of an economic decline that began in the 1950s and accelerated after the 2008 financial crisis. At the time of its bankruptcy, Detroit had thousands of abandoned homes, and its streets had not been swept in three years.Today, Detroit has made a promising comeback, with economic growth above the mean, falling crime rates, and slowing of population loss. So what went right in Motor City? Who has benefitted from the turnaround – and who has yet to see recovery? And most importantly, what lessons can Chicago learn from its neighbor to the east?To answer these questions and more, the IOP welcomes an expert panel on city planning and development:

  • Maurice Cox, former Detroit City Planner, current Chicago Commissioner of Planning and Development
  • Sonya Mays, President and CEO, Develop Detroit
  • September Hargrove, VP of Global Philanthropy for JP Morgan Chase

This conversation will be moderated by Anne Dodge, Executive Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at UChicago.