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December 4, 2019 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Humanities Center is proud to present as a part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Patrick Cooper-McCann, Urban Studies and Planning, Assistant Professor.


In 1977, planner Norman Krumholz orchestrated the state takeover of Cleveland’s lakefront parks, calling it “one of the most satisfying and rewarding” examples of equity planning in his career. Yet the deal ultimately proved unpopular, and in 2013, Cleveland’s lakefront parks changed hands again, from state to regional management. In Detroit, Mayor Coleman Young rejected a proposal to transfer Belle Isle Park to the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority in 1974. Forty years later, Belle Isle became a state park against the City Council’s objections. This talk will discuss the fiscal and racial politics of these cases. The cases reveal that more is at stake when the scale of urban park provision changes than a simple realignment of tax dollars. Park agencies have different missions, constituencies, labor forces, planning processes, and access policies—all of which also influence the social and racial equity of public space.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at (313)577-5471 or