Detroit has come to symbolize deindustrialization and the challenges, and opportunities it presents.
As our own region deals with the legacy of industrial decline and the uneven fruits of its renewal, visions from ordinary Detroiters and local activists offer insightful lessons for a fairer and more just urban future.
Join us as we discuss why Detroit matters and what we can learn from its inspiring grassroots urbanism.
Brian Doucet - Associate Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo
Sharon Howell - Boggs Centre to Nurture Community Leadership, Detroit
Myrtle Thompson-Curtis - Feedom Freedom Growers, Detroit
Dr Brian Doucet is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning. Originally from Toronto, he lived in the Netherlands from 2004 – 2017, where he worked at Utrecht University and Erasmus University College. He is the editor of the book Why Detroit Matters: Decline, renewal and hope in a divided city (Policy Press).