The Guardian on 'Demolishing Detroit'

For those who missed it last week, another great piece in the Guardian by Rose Hackman, who is apparently one of the few reporters working in Detroit who is skeptical about demolition as a solution to the city's problems. In it, she quotes several academics who have some stimulating arguments with conventional wisdom. She quotes Wayne State University professor Peter J. Hammer (whom we've interviewed before) as saying current anti-blight efforts are “myopically focused on destroying buildings,” and that he wishes "city officials would go after racism with the same manic intensity as they are going after blight.” Also in her piece, WSU's George Galster criticizes the way officials focus on knocking down houses instead of tackling the root causes, "such as a deregulated housing market in the broader Michigan region that has seen the construction of 10,000 excess houses a year since the 1950s, helping to drive people out of Detroit and into the suburbs."

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Michael Jackman

Born in 1969 at Mount Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back, busboy,...
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