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Friday, April 21 • 9:40am - 11:05am
FR9.40.02 Saving and Strengthening Detroit’s Neighborhoods: Can Residents Impact Residential Land Use and Housing?

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When urban residential districts undergo rapid change – whether resulting from severe decline or gentrification – many actors emerge to affect whether and how neighborhoods remain intact. In depressed communities after the mortgage foreclosure crisis, residents struggle to save their communities. Public planners, philanthropic foundations, nonprofit organizations and developers emerge with priorities of their own. In some locations, Fannie, Freddie and HUD – compared with private lenders – have become additional actors undermining recovery for urban communities. In gentrifying communities, long-time residents object to changes in the character of their neighborhoods even as public officials and private developers celebrate these. Focusing on the case of Detroit, the question addressed by this panel is whether and how residents can save their neighborhoods and overcome intervening actors who would undermine community driven efforts.

Collective Memory and the Social Impacts of Land Accumulation in Contemporary Detroit Meagan Elliott, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Examining The Neighborhood Impact of Federal and Privately-Owned Foreclosures in Detroit
Eric Seymour, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Saving Strong Neighborhoods from the Destruction of Mortgage Foreclosures: The Impact of Community-Based Efforts
Lan Deng, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Eric Seymour, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Margaret Dewar, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; June Manning Thomas, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Eric Seymour

University of Michigan


Friday April 21, 2017 9:40am - 11:05am CDT
Greenway Ballroom-C (2nd Floor)