A city’s buildings and structures can be serve a greater purpose than visual effects – they can enhance togetherness in a community and urge empower residents. That was the picture painted by Candy Chang, senior TED fellow and urban artist and designer at the Conference.
Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson Touts Economic and Social Benefits of Higher Education
The social mobility made possible by a college education is the key to a strong middle class, and the gateway to the American dream. That point was emphasized by Dr. M. Roy Wilson during his keynote address at the Conference.
Power Perspective: John Gallagher
John Gallagher offers the reinvention of government, the economy and vacant land as reasons to be realistically optimistic about Detroit’s transformation.
The City Speaks: Panel Highlights Community and Re-Invention as Keys to Revitalization of Detroit’s Neighborhoods
The surrounding neighborhoods of the city became front and center during the morning breakout session “The City Speaks: Revitalizing Detroit’s Neighborhoods.” Panelists included (in order of appearance) James Craig, Detroit Chief of Police, Benjamin Kennedy, the deputy director of community development and Detroit program of the Kresge Foundation, Bill Pulte, the founder and chairman of the Detroit Blight Authority and Maggie DeSantis, president of the Warren/Conner Development Coalition. The panel was moderated by Stephen Henderson from the Detroit Free Press.
Urban Analyst Thomas Sugrue Challenges Traditional Rhetoric on Detroit Revitalization
To come up with proper solutions for the Detroit’s course of action into the future, it is imperative that the origins of the city’s current status are properly understood. Thomas Sugrue, David Boies professor of history and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, made that point to the audience as he delved into the historical circumstances that eventually led to Detroit’s bankruptcy.
Power Perspective: Adam Hollier
Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of daily opportunities to make a difference by focusing their passion and legacy on Detroit.