Mapping Detroit

Mapping Detroit

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One of Detroita€™s most defining modern characteristicsa€”and most pressing dilemmasa€”is its huge amount of neglected and vacant land. In Mapping Detroit: Land, Community, and Shaping a City, editors June Manning Thomas and Henco Bekkering use chapters based on a variety of maps to shed light on how Detroit moved from frontier fort to thriving industrial metropolis to todaya€™s high-vacancy city. With contributors ranging from a map archivist and a historian to architects, urban designers, and urban planners, Mapping Detroit brings a unique perspective to the historical causes, contemporary effects, and potential future of Detroita€™s transformed landscape. To show how Detroit arrived in its present condition, contributors in part 1, Evolving Detroit: Past to Present, trace the citya€™s beginnings as an agricultural, military, and trade outpost and map both its depopulation and attempts at redevelopment. In part 2, Portions of the City, contributors delve into particular land-related systems and neighborhood characteristics that encouraged modern social and economic changes. Part 2 continues by offering case studies of two city neighborhoodsa€”the Brightmoor area and Southwest Detroita€”that are struggling to adapt to changing landscapes. In part 3, Understanding Contemporary Space and Potential, contributors consider both the citya€™s ecological assets and its sociological fragmentation to add dimension to the current understanding of its emptiness. The volumea€™s epilogue offers a synopsis of the major points of the 2012 Detroit Future City report, the citya€™s own strategic blueprint for future land use. Mapping Detroit explores not only what happens when a large city loses its main industrial purpose and a major portion of its population but also what future might result from such upheaval. Containing some of the leading voices on Detroita€™s history and future, Mapping Detroit will be informative reading for anyone interested in urban studies, geography, and recent American history.... so residents must rely exclusively on buses to meet their public transit needs.1 public transit funding and service are ... routes, but only on weekends and weeknights after 6 p.m., and only if the waiting passenger flags down the sMart bus.

Title:Mapping Detroit
Author: June Manning Thomas
Publisher:Wayne State University Press - 2015-03-16

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