Forget Robocop – Detroit to Turn Green to Regenerate

In: Other Topics

Submitted By gcodez
Words 377
Pages 2
The Motor City has finally stalled. After years of socioeconomic decline since its auto industry collapsed in the 2000s, Detroit declared bankruptcy last week, becoming the largest American city ever to do so. Could an ambitious, environmentally friendly scheme to repurpose Detroit's crumbling infrastructure be the city's salvation?
In the past decade, Detroit has become an emblem of urban decay. More than a third of its buildings are abandoned, nearly 40 per cent of the population lives in poverty and the infrastructure is in tatters: reportedly, 40 per cent of its street lights don't work. This is where a long-term plan called the Detroit Future City (DFC) framework, announced by a study group in January, could help. Its aim is to regenerate the city over the next two decades by downsizing Detroit's infrastructure – tailored to its 2 million residents in the 1950s – to fit its current population of 700,000. To this end, the DFC proposes that the city take some unusual steps. It proposes converting the city's 5200 hectares of abandoned space into ecological sanctuaries and urban farms. Hundreds of small farming and gardening initiatives have already sprung up in recent years, bolstered by private investment and grants. Other initiatives include building "blue infrastructure," which would convert unused streets into conduits to collect rainwater for irrigation and relieve the pressure on Detroit's sewer system, and new regulations to increase energy efficiency across the city. But with the city saddled with debts estimated at $18 billion, will these plans ever take off? They will take several years to initiate, so the city's bankruptcy filing should not slow them much, says urban law expert John Mogk of Wayne State University in Detroit, who was not involved in the DFC report. Working out deals with creditors should take two to three years, after which…...

Similar Documents

Never Forget

...shooting because bucks were fast, real fast. He bent his head to eat his beans, yet he knew without looking that his father was watching him, way out of the corner of his eye. He knew, too, that Pa wouldn’t have said a word if Ma was there - she was always saying he was too young for something or other - but she was visiting overnight up in Colliersville. And he thought how it must be for Pa when the other men bragged about their boys, and him so scared to kill a weasel, and he knew what he had to do. “Pa,” he murmured, “think maybe I could go a time at that old buck?” “Boy, this ain’t no old buck, it’s a young one,” Pa said, making like he was surprised. “Boy, you might get hurt.” “Some time, I think I’d like to take my turn,” he answered, face even closer to the beans. “Well, I’ll think about it, boy,” Pa mumbled, but he couldn’t hide a gleam in his eye. Tommy slowly, ever so slowly, rubbed his forehead along his sleeve and watched the gloom in front of him. Somewhere out there Pa had circled around and was trampling through the woods, scaring everything away, away toward the clearing where he lay waiting. He laughed in his mind when he thought of the last time when Pa had gone down to the hut for a drink with the “boys”, as he called them. And when he came out his eyes were gleaming like the mischief and he wobbled in to the yard like he didn’t know how to walk. He had gone downstairs in his pajamas and they sat on the back porch and......

Words: 1770 - Pages: 8

Forget Me

...Forget Me Not Ben Garth 3/3/13 ASL: II While watching “Forget Me Not” I realized that it was honestly the worst acting that I have ever seen. However, this movie relays a very important message. Money can corrupt even the most humble and poverty stricken people in of the world. In this movie a poor family living in a trailer park hit the lottery and moves into a gorgeous home with everything that they could possibly want. In this family the father and son were the only rational thinkers, they both believed that money has changed them. However, the mother has become money hungry and considers her time being poor as a memory to be forgotten. With the mother forgetting where she came from, she initiated friendships with other money hungry women who care only about their social status. This in return made the mother even more involved with this rich fantasy world and separated herself from her family. So the father planned a get away to a cabin for some time with his family to unwind and remember where they had come from. Meanwhile, an estranged son of the mother from a previous relationship tracks down and follows his mother and new half family to the cabin in an effort to reconnect with this mother. However, this alienated son did not have the best method of approaching this situation. He basically imposed his way to staying with his expected family during their vacation and waited for the “right time” to confront his mother with this issue. His mother denied all......

Words: 462 - Pages: 2

Opportunity for Detroit

...July 18, 2013, Detroit filed for a historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the largest city in America to ever do so. Once a very prosperous city, Detroit has seen a material decline in its’ population, from about 1.8 million in 1950 to about 700,000 residents today, nearly 20% of whom are unemployed. This huge decline can be attributed to not only a decline in manufacturing jobs and the automobile industry, but also Detroit’s public safety woes. Coupled with a decreasing tax base and an increasing debt burden, Detroit’s decision and policy makers ultimately drove themselves into insolvency. However, the City of Detroit is taking several measures to try and claw out of the mess they are in in hopes of returning them to the wealthiest US city per capita (again). Now that Detroit is at its breaking point, the city's emergency manager Kevyn Orr has requested that the Detroits Institute of Arts collection will be appraised by New York auction house Christie’s. An estimate suggests that the collection would be worth well over $1 billion dollars and the appraisal is a crucial step in rebuilding the city and establishing a trust with creditors. Despite numerous denials from Orr and the museum leadership that the art collection will be sold, this has caused an outrage in the art community. Orr has commented that selling the cities assets is a last ditch effort. Detroit and its surrounding communities are actively seeking other means to bring the city back to life. Detroit has been......

Words: 1044 - Pages: 5

Detroit Bancruptcy

...The City of Detroit bankruptcy is a historical event since the city of Detroit is one of the largest cities ever filed for bankruptcy. However, the court trial will decide after considering all the facts and testimonials, if City of Detroit will qualify for bankruptcy. City of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy mainly because of financial factors such as expenditures were higher than revenues, the high level of debts and bad management. In the audit report issued for the 2012 there were many qualified and adverse opinions with regards to the financial statements. The fact that City of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, as hard as it might be, would give the city a new start and a new way of managing and thinking. This city needs restructuring and functioning under a new economic vitality. By developing new strategic plans such as new employment opportunities and offering reliable services for its residents and businesses, city of Detroit will regain its role in the economic vitality of Michigan. The economy of Detroit plays a key role in the economic development of Michigan. City of Detroit is known as the Motor City for the innovations in the auto industry but also for its goal diversifications into emerging fields such as information technology and advanced manufacturing. Encouraging advantage are the different tax incentive programs that city of Detroit offers. For example, Detroit Renaissance Zone Tax includes a waiver of city income and utility users taxes, most city......

Words: 315 - Pages: 2

When the Blood Turns Saffron

...WHEN THE BLOOD TURNS SAFFRON OR GREEN SUMIT DALAL Assistant professor Delhi University Abstract – India being home to countless communities and religion, taking pride in its diversity, is yet to fulfil the dream of secularism in a real sense. Even in 21st century when communal riots can be the potent way to settle political scores, it takes no time to understand that there is something severely wrong at the top level. Therefore the masses need to understand that ultimately its they who suffer and mourn, the ruling elite class goes untouched as always. The solution can thus, only come from the mango people itself. Keywords- communal violence, bloodshed, caste and communities, religion, indifferent authorities. Right in the middle of the violent clashes, the critically acclaimed Bollywood movie released a way back in 1995, demands a mention to portray the recent communal turmoil. The hindu protagonist in the film cuts the wrist of himself and his muslim love interest to prove that the blood flowing is of the same colour, making it impossible to differentiate on any basis, leave alone religion. Mr. Mani Ratnam would have never thought that his plot would win the test of times and still stand relevant in the seventh decade of independence of world’s largest democracy. With an economy among the world’s ten largest India’s status as a re-emerging global power is now not just recognised, but is increasingly institutionalised with a seat in G-20 , increasing clout in......

Words: 5775 - Pages: 24

Detroit Case

...Wriston has two major decisions. First, Wriston must first decide if it wants to keep the Detroit plant open. Second, Wriston must decide if it will continue producing all of the product groups. When considering shutting down the Detroit plant, Wriston should probably evaluate the NPV (as Harvey pointed out) of the "no change" case versus the NPV of a shutdown case. Wriston may save fixed costs from shutting down Detroit, but may forego sales opportunities by not being able to meet demand. Another case could be a "build new plant" case. 2. The second decision is to decide if it will continue producing all of the product groups. I agree with Harvey's recommendation to drop Group 3. I calculated "Gross Profit" for Exhibit 7: $5,645 (group 1); $3299 (group 2); $654 (group 3); $9,600 (total). I defined gross profit as Profit before fixed mfg overhead. Also, I calculated gross profit as a % of sales: 41% (group 1); 36% (group 2); 6% (group 3); 28% (total). Some other thoughts... Wriston, as a company, must decide if it wants to continue sales of group 3 products. Wriston analysis must balance the financial benefits of dropping the group 3 products versus the potential negative backlash from customers. Wriston may want to include potential "lost opportunity" considerations in its analysis. If Wriston decides to KEEP group 3 products, it must then decide which plant should produce the products. Detroit is probably the plant of choice, but Wriston must recognize that the......

Words: 456 - Pages: 2

City of Detroit Demographics and Crime Profile

...Detroit, Michigan is known for its people, music, places, trends and events. It is more widely and famously known as the automobile capital of the world and a city with a prosperous diverse cultural social class which includes: Polish, English, Italian, English, Mexican, Irish, African, Middle Eastern, and Greek descent (City of Detroit, n.d.). Due to the diverse population, many factors contribute to crime. Changes of events such as land use, property values, transportation, and retail has been linked to how people’s views of criminal behavior has increased. Throughout the last several decades there have been many changes to the overall functionality of government, unemployment, communities and crime rates of Detroit. Society has a set way of how people should behave and how they should act among each other. Society envisions of what living the American dream should be like. People assume that they should be able live lavish life styles, but living that lifestyle can come with some consequences. Detroit has gone through many changes over the last several decades many schools, communities and other areas of society have had to adjust to social norms. Like every other city, there are going through financial hardships trying to maintain the characterization of what the city once was. Originally this city played a key role for industrialization for America. Society once viewed Detroit as a place of opportunity. It was a place where people were able to succeed, however now......

Words: 2375 - Pages: 10

Turn

...One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. v One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. v One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn. One day you will turn turn and turn....

Words: 259 - Pages: 2

Robocop

...#2: Post 1950s Film: Robocop By: Muhammad Rifyal Giffari bin Mohamed Yacob 1. Discuss what you find most striking/interesting/relevant/significant/innovative about the film and why. There are many striking facets that the film Robocop present from the pervasive and sharp social satire of capitalism, the media and American society, but the most striking aspect for me personally is the heavy use of Christian symbolism, in the most vivid style. This stems greatly from the use of the main character Alex Murphy or later known as Robocop as a Christ figure. As a film, in terms of visual representation alone this connection to Christ can be seen in several scenes. First of all in Murphy’s death scene, it is the most dramatic, drawn out and methodically visceral. The process seems completely to follow step by step with the crucifixion story, with Murphy being forced onto the floor as though being put on the cross and the subsequent shooting off of the hand recounts Jesus’ hands being nailed to the cross. He furthermore is shot in the chest several times and finally suffers a head wound like that of the crown of thorns. One may argue it is simply the style of the film with over the top violence, but it also highlights one of the key aspects of the Christ allegory – the systematic pain and torture endured during the crucifixion. More visual Christian symbolism is used late in the film, in the concluding battle against Clarence Boddicker, the character Robocop, trapped and......

Words: 1327 - Pages: 6

Urban Farming in Detroit

...Urban farming in Detroit Turning the Motor City into Farm City Urban farming in Detroit Turning the Motor City into Farm City Subject: Intercultural Communication Studies 2nd Term Date of release: 16.02.2011 Table of Contents 1 2 3 Introduction ......................................................................................................................... 3 Characteristics ..................................................................................................................... 4 Urban farming in Detroit .................................................................................................... 5 3.1 3.2 SWOT analysis ............................................................................................................ 5 Urban farming projects in Detroit ............................................................................... 8 4 5 Conclusion ........................................................................................................................ 11 Bibliography ..................................................................................................................... 12 2 1 Introduction The term urban farming or agriculture recently pops up in the media. It is mainly applied regarding city development in third world countries, but as well it becomes more often a phenomena taking place in cities of industrial countries. After examining the general characteristics of urban......

Words: 3660 - Pages: 15

Detroit

...After starting as a small trading post in the eighteenth century, Detroit went on to become an industrial power house. However, as beautiful as it may seem, the modern Detroit is not the same city it was prior to 1960. In the last half-century, the city has been struck by crime and violence. That is when an "All-American City" became an eyesore, a blighted spot on the map. Attempts to reverse this downward trend have been made throughout the years; major construction projects appeared, and continue to appear, everywhere in Detroit. One of the most significant projects was the remodeling of Campus Martius. It was completed over a decade ago. This plaza still remains as the main gathering place for Detroiters and a great advertisement for the City of Detroit. With all the completed and yet to be completed projects, it may seem that Detroit is far past its decay; however, when one takes a closer look at any of the Detroit landmarks, one will see that Detroit appears to be beautiful only on the outside. The city and its elected officials have created a fake impression of perfection. Unfortunately, just one block away from these "pockets of improvement" is the true Detroit. Campus Martius was established in the eighteenth century as a military training ground. It is important to note that prior to 1805 Detroit was designed in a grid system. In 1805, a fire engulfed Detroit and destroyed Campus Martius and all wooden structures, leaving only a stone fort untouched (Beckett).......

Words: 1828 - Pages: 8

Detroit Response Paper

...A team of researchers from The George Washington University in conjunction with key leaders – evaluated the Detroit area to assess the state-of-healthcare deliverance to those in need. The problem was presented in a clear and concise manner: The uninsured and poor had limited to no access to the care they needed. Many resorted to the Emergency Department (40% of admissions were non-emergent), leading to overcrowding in the hospital. Those that are part of the safety net are providers of the poor and vulnerable populations: hospital systems, clinics, volunteers, primary care workers, and prevention workers that are there to prevent the overflow and influx that we see in the assessment. We will be addressing our main stakeholders, the hospital leaders and the Detroit Public Health Department. Our analysis of this assessment will follow, along with some short recommendations. Some of the information used to describe the ever-growing problem of limited access to care for the poor and/or uninsured was a 2000 Institute of Medicine report. The report detailed the harsh impact on the safety net by the changing forces in the American political and financial sphere. Using this report, the researchers used the Urgent Matters program, performed site visits and met with key stakeholders to evaluate the overcrowding in the ER’s of ten hospitals. Pulling demographics and statistics from secondary data in the area: U.S. Census Bureau, State and County, etc.; they highlighted population,......

Words: 768 - Pages: 4

Detroit

...Detroit – Essay In the beginning many went to Detroit to pursuit the American Dream. Then in the early 1900’s Henry Ford an American industrialist, and the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and also the sponsor of the development of the assemble line to do mass production. He brought mass production of the automobile to Detroit, making it a place where you could secure your economics, and many could get a job with pension afterwards. The base of Detroit’s economics laid its ground in the automobile industry for quite some time. The automobile industry through the 20th century had many good years but also a lot of bad years. Many factories’ met a wall, which lead to a lot of lay-offs and which furthermore not only hurt the Detroit’s economics but the United States as well. A lot of times when you think about Detroit you get this picture of a ghetto city, with a great deal of violence and “black people”. This might be the reason for Carolyn Edgar to write the article “My happy Detroit”. In the start of the article Carolyn writes “The city didn’t die when the white flight hit in the 1960s. It became a bastion for black families like mine.” This is might her way of telling that there is still people living there, and we should not just forget them even though the city has been on a downfall. Growing up Carolyn Edgar loved the summer, their garden was in full bloom, and they had the opportunity of enjoying strawberries, cucumber and so on. As she Carolyn says herself “You......

Words: 828 - Pages: 4

Green Danger

...Green Danger Kimberly Milburn COM/172 Rosemary LoDato February 28, 2012 Green Danger The concept for the new millennium is green energy. The majority of the human race is looking for new and improved ways of saving the environment. One of the ideas carmakers and environmentalists alike have toyed with is the creation of a working electric car to help save the environment. The notion of a functional electric car for the public’s daily use has been around for a few decades, but there was never a real place in the car market for one until recent years. There has been a recent shift in the consumer’s mind set as far as environmental consciousness, as well as the consumer’s overwhelming vocal concerns over emissions destroying the ozone. Even though electric cars do not put out the high emissions, the batteries these cars must use are worse for the environment because the chemical makeup is harsher for the eco system, and tests have shown a regular battery does less damage to the environment (Cherry,2010). The workings of a gas/diesel engine are very different from that of an electric car engine. Where the gas/diesel engines use fuel and combustion, the electric car runs solely on a battery. There are hybrids that use both a fuel engine and alternately run off of a battery, but they are in another category. A fuel engine uses the spark from a spark plug to ignite the gasoline fumes inside the carburetor which starts the engine, whereas a diesel engine uses hot air...

Words: 1306 - Pages: 6

Detroit Bailout

...Mackenzie Patterson 2008 U.S. Automaker Crisis: The Detroit Bailout At the end of 2008, two of the three largest domestic automakers in the U.S. received significant financial assistance from the federal government and President Bush’s administration. General Motors and Chrysler were burning through their cash reserves and heading quickly towards insolvency and potential bankruptcy, endangering not only themselves and their workers, but also the large domestic auto parts supplier industry as well. Insolvency had the potential to permanently alter and possibly destroy a large segment of the U.S. industrial economy. In an effort to avoid this, the federal government stepped in with highly controversial assistance in what is now generally referred to as the Detroit Bailout. The question then, as continues to be debated to today, is should the federal government have stepped in and provided help, or should they have left the free trade market alone? There are many opinions and multiple ideologies in the U.S., but which ideas are going to work? These were very difficult decisions that needed to be thoroughly analyzed and debated, however, the urgency of the situation, along with a general collapse in world financial markets led to events quickly overtaking prudence. In the United States, the country is roughly divided into too ideologies, free-market liberalism (conservatives), and social liberalism (liberals). This led to both free-market liberals and social liberals having......

Words: 2297 - Pages: 10

Learning Scala Programming | Hcs 457 Week 4 Communicable Diseases Paper | Toji no Miko