Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City

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Wayne State University Press, 2010 - Political Science - 166 pages
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"John Gallagher's Reimagining Detroit provides a thought-provoking analysis of a city devastated by deindustrialization and a clear vision for a future Detroit as a smaller, vibrant city. This thinking goes against the grain as many public policy experts and planners believe that fixing Detroit requires a repopulation of the city's current footprint. Policy makers and community leaders should examine Gallagher's paradigm-shifting idea that when you plan for shrinkage, growth happens. Reimagining Detroit is a must-read for all engaged in the hard work of rebuilding Detroit."-Sheila Cockrel, former Detroit city councilwoman and adjunct professor in the Wayne State University Irvin D. Reid Honors College

"John Gallagher has done a great job of synthesizing a host of important and emerging ideas that could dramatically change Detroit's future and of presenting them in ways that are clear and vivid and that both practitioners and laypeople will readily grasp. This is a valuable book, not only for Detroiters, but for anyone with a physical, financial, or emotional stake in the future of America's shrinking industrial cities."-Alan Mallach, non-resident senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and author of Bringing Buildings Back: From Vacant Properties to Community Assets"

What is really distinctive about John Gallagher's contribution to the Detroit saga is his perspective. This important and timely book reflects his design/architectural background, his business experience, and the investigative skills he honed at the Detroit Free Press. This rich background is badly needed, as much of the writing about the post-industrial urban future, including Detroit's, is narrow or opinionated or worse, both. Gallagher's book will not be the last to explore the journey that Detroit might take through the twenty-first century, but this road map will be essential reading for all."-Robin Boyle, director of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University

"Whether urban or rural dweller, academic or practitioner, the reader takes from Gallagher a deeper appreciation of both the challenges and opportunities that exist within our cities, challenges and opportunities that will ultimately impact our country."-Jay Williams, mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, from the foreword

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Review: Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City

User Review  - William - Goodreads

Written five years ago, some of Gallagher's observations have become commonplace. Nonetheless, the book is one of those core texts about pushing back on the narrative of hopelessness that often comes ... Read full review

Review: Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City

User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

An educational book written by Detroit Free Press writer, John Gallagher. Its enlightening as to the problems with the city of Detroit and its battle with blight, 149 acres of vacant homes, lots ... Read full review


Foreword by Jay Williams
Detroit Today
Potential and Problems in Urban Agriculture
Road Diets and Roundabouts
Filling the Vacancy
Revving the Urban Economic Engine
The Best Idea Detroits Never Tried
The Way Forward

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About the author (2010)

John Gallagher is a veteran journalist who writes about urban and economic development for the Detroit Free Press. He joined the newspaper in 1987. John's other books include Great Architecture of Michigan and, as co-author, AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture.

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