Detroit Land, The Future
Detroit has a land bank? What is a land bank? Essentially an authority to manage and develop foreclosed property. Bing recently appointed Deborah Younger the treasurer of this authority and is now faced with having to raise the money to get the land bank off the ground. Now, Darrell Dawsey, one of the three writers from TIME’s Detroit Blog, interviewed Deborah. In two parts, she discusses the current issues that have warranted creating the land bank and then the opportunities that lie in Detroit’s future when the land bank develops a vision for Detroit. It is a stunning interview in the sense that it gives some very specific visibility in to the workings of renewal. Suddenly, we are able to gain a vantage point and understand some of the components of what will make Detroit work. And it’s all accessible stuff, not some distant cryptic developer talk. And it’s all substantiated. It feels like making the land bank work could be a colossal force in re-invention. If you don’t have the time to read both parts, at least read part two. Part 1. Part 2.