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  • Neighborhood Economic Development Doesn't Happen By Accident

    Wednesday, December 11, 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm
    West Hall A – Area A
    Learning Lounges
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    The City of Detroit spans 142 sq. miles and houses 80+ neighborhoods, each with their own unique priorities and challenges. Learn what the City is doing to engage neighborhood stakeholders while maximizing a partnership with the State. With over $1.25B in in annual private investment occurring in incentivized revitalization, engaging the public and key stakeholders throughout the process is imperative. Planning efforts, strategic financing partners and the deployment of government funds/incentives must follow a strategy to advance projects and ensure our historic and culturally significant neighborhoods are honored. Two of these neighborhoods include the Historic Avenue of Fashion and what is known today as Paradise Valley. With businesses that were shaped by an American jazz legacy and an African-American heritage, the Avenue was once a regional destination for luxury fashion. Until recently many of these businesses were vacant and decaying. Paradise Valley was a former business and entertainment center of an African-American residential area in Detroit from the 1920's through the 1950's. Urban renewal programs and the construction of freeways in the 1960's ceased life in the original Paradise Valley resulting in the loss of one of the city’s cultural icons. We will walk you through how we are addressing brownfield challenges and spurring revitalization in some of our most historically significant neighborhoods while balancing brownfield conditions and ensuring all stakeholders are engaged along the way.
    Brian Vosburg
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