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October 16, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: NextEnergy | Map
461 Burroughs St
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Sponsored by U-Haul International


The Sustainable City

October 16, 2018

5:00 to 8:00 pm



To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. and to simultaneously recognize 60 years of the Master of Urban Planning [MUP] program, the Department of Urban Studies and Planning [DUSP] is planning an event to open an innovative dialogue on the Sustainable City.

Why this theme?

Sustainability, in the broadest meaning of the term, is challenging communities all over the planet. Dimensions of the challenge vary by location, by cause and by severity but cities, large and small, face interrelated ecological, economic and social issues that require serious study leading to complex, often difficult solutions.

Why Detroit?

Ravaged by deindustrialization, Detroit is an exemplar of the legacy city. It has experienced a catastrophic loss of business and jobs, population decline, increasing poverty and inequality, serial disinvestment and a damaged urban environment leaving serious physical and mental health problems for its residents. But Detroit also illustrates the opportunities offered by an intentional focus on sustainability: forging diverse economies, reviving neighborhoods, creating new urban landscapes, exploring alternative mobility, and designing different models of governance and planning. What’s more, the City of Detroit has just recently formed an Office of Sustainability, to “help guide the City’s efforts to strengthen the economic, social and environmental well-being of the City’s residents, neighborhoods and businesses.” Why not Detroit?

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