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Present-day Detroit

Present-day Detroit

(p.23) 2 Present-day Detroit
Affordable Housing in US Shrinking Cities
Robert Mark SilvermanKelly L. PattersonLi YinMolly RanahanLaiyun Wu
Policy Press

This chapter examines core city revitalization strategies in Detroit, Michigan. It begins with a discussion of the structural causes of the city’s population decline, highlighting how post-war deindustrialization and suburbanization formed the preconditions for the 1967 Detroit riots. Then national affordable housing reforms and other policies designed to address conditions aggravated by shrinkage are discussed. After describing regional population and housing characteristics, the chapter examines conditions in areas of Detroit where eds and meds revitalization strategies have been adopted. The neighbourhood characteristics where anchor-based strategies have been adopted are contrasted with the rest of the city. This analysis includes an examination of the composition of HUD subsidised housing in areas slated for revitalization. This analysis provides insights into the degree to which the preservation and expansion of affordable housing was factored into anchor-based revitalization strategies. In the chapter’s final section, the degree to which these strategies are equitable and scalability is explored.

Keywords:   detroit, eds and meds, 1967 detroit riots

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