Long recognized as one of the country’s most challenged urban centers, Detroit is now undergoing an important renaissance, with new real estate investment, the return of local businesses from the suburbs, and a growing downtown office market. What role does public space play in the city’s revitalization?
Earlier this month we invited leaders and thinkers from the Motor City to answer that question and more at a free public talk on the High Line. Faye Nelson, of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and Phil Cooley, of Roosevelt Park and one of the recently-named Vice “Jefes,” talked about their efforts to transform their city’s out-of-use real estate and infrastructure into new public parks and community spaces.
If you missed the talk, you can now watch the video online.
The High Line gets a lot of attention, but it is just one of many examples of officials, advocates, and community leaders joining together to transform out-of-use infrastructure into public space. We would like to thank our Detroit colleagues for joining us in New York City, and turning the High Line into a forum to present their big ideas and talk about their projects. We would also like to thank our partners, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land, for helping us present the Beyond the High Line series of talks.
Beyond the High Line will continue this fall, with free public talks about New York City’s Low Line and New Orleans’ Lafitte Corridor. We’ll be announcing the dates, times, and locations soon. To get an update, sign up for our email newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.