Resourceful Economic Development in Legacy City Neighborhoods
In the wake of mass abandonment and disinvestment, neighborhoods in America’s Legacy Cities must provide stability and security to attract and retain long term-residents. They must offer access to education, transportation, health care, food, commercial retail, support services and more to achieve a healthy, balanced community. As they work to rebuild, neighborhoods often struggle with the fate of their cultural identity. Populations shift, historic buildings see changes in use, and businesses open and close. How are historic preservation, cultural identity, and history being considered in terms of economic development? How have preservation and reuse of the built environment impacted the preservation of a neighborhood’s cultural identity, history, and assets such as neighborhood and business organizations? What initiatives and strategies being employed are unique to Detroit neighborhoods and how have city policies helped or hurt these initiatives? This panel will look at specific challenges in diverse neighborhoods, and the efforts being made to address and break down barriers to sustainable economic development.