Monday, May 17, 2010

Detroit's consolidation moves forward - large areas to be demolished - urban planners watch and wait.

I have written previously on the City of Detroit's plan to downsize by abandoning large portions of the city and consolidating into a smaller area, with hopes to convert the abandoned real estate to agricultural uses.

Detroit has taken another step in this process by announcing plans to demolish 3,000 homes this summer (as part of a larger goal to demolish 10,000 homes in the mayor's first term). That the consolitation is proceeding with such major steps should interest urban observers everywhere, including those in Pennsylvania's cities. Detroit differs from Pennsylvania only by degree.