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To do list. Gentrification of Detroit Leaves Black-Owned Businesses Behind. Downtown Detroit has been fashionably in redevelopment and undergoing resurgence since the economic downturn, but not everyone is feeling welcome.

Gentrification of Detroit Leaves Black-Owned Businesses Behind

With its shiny new facades on chic eateries, cafes and microbreweries, the bright transformation and new attitude has often been called "New Detroit. " It's all a point of pride for Mike Duggan, the first white mayor elected in 40 years who took office last year. His efforts ranging from urban landscaping to lowering the crime rate to incubating booming businesses have brought new hope for the Motor City—consistently plagued for decades with scandals, crime and blight. Yet, many black Detroiters are crying foul, saying Detroit is becoming a tale of two cities; while young, white residents enjoy a stylish, prosperous downtown, black business owners say they are being systematically forced out of business.

Forbes Welcome. Industrialism; urban decay; Census; The collapse of Detroit - latimes. Imagine for a moment that every single person living in the city of San Jose, plus another 150,000 or so, just up and left.

Industrialism; urban decay; Census; The collapse of Detroit - latimes

Vanished. Poof. Gone. Leaving their homes, business buildings and factories behind. Whose Neighborhood Is It? Photo On June 25, 1974, suburban residents of Detroit won their four-year battle to overturn court-ordered busing of black city students across county lines into their schools.

Whose Neighborhood Is It?

In a key 5-4 Supreme Court decision, Milliken v. Bradley, Chief Justice Warren Burger declared that 41 white suburban governments had not committed “significant violations” of the Constitution. Burger wrote: No single tradition in public education is more deeply rooted than local control over the operation of public schools; local autonomy has long been thought essential both to the maintenance of community concern and support for public schools and to quality of the educational process.

The victory in Milliken was based on the assumption that African-Americans would be bused in, not that they would be living next door. Southfield, Mich., for example, which had been 0.7 percent black in 1970, by 2010 had become 70.3 percent black, and its schools nearly 95 percent black. Investors see farms as way to grow Detroit - latimes. Reporting from Detroit — On the city's east side, where auto workers once assembled cars by the millions, nature is taking back the land.

Investors see farms as way to grow Detroit - latimes

Cottonwood trees grow through the collapsed roofs of homes stripped clean for scrap metal. Wild grasses carpet the rusty shells of empty factories, now home to pheasants and wild turkeys. This green veil is proof of how far this city has fallen from its industrial heyday and, to a small group of investors, a clear sign. Detroit, they say, needs to get back to what it was before Henry Ford moved to town: farmland. "There's so much land available and it's begging to be used," said Michael Score, president of the Hantz Farms, which is buying up abandoned sections of the city's 139-square-mile landscape and plans to transform them into a large-scale commercial farm enterprise.

"Farming is how Detroit started," Score said, "and farming is how Detroit can be saved. " It is the size and scope of Hantz Farms that makes the project unique. It will start small. Industrialism; urban decay; Census; The collapse of Detroit - latimes. Detroit’s white population rises. Detroit’s white population rose by nearly 8,000 residents last year, the first significant increase since 1950, according to a Detroit News analysis of U.S.

Detroit’s white population rises

Census Bureau data. Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight. DETROIT — Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize white flight, even as blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city’s overall population shrinks.

Whites moving to Detroit, city that epitomized white flight

Detroit is the latest major city to see an influx of whites who may not find the suburbs as alluring as their parents and grandparents did in the last half of the 20th century. Unlike New York, San Francisco and many other cities that have seen the demographic shift, though, it is cheap housing and incentive programs that are partly fueling the regrowth of the Motor City’s white population. “For any individual who wants to build a company or contribute to the city, Detroit is the perfect place to be,” said Bruce Katz, co-director of the Global Cities Initiative at the Washington-based Brookings Institution. “You can come to Detroit and you can really make a difference.” “A young person can move here with $10,000 and start up a small flex space for artists or artists’ studios,” Seger said. Elizabeth St. St. One year after bankruptcy, Detroit's pension debts still loom. One year after exiting its historic Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy, the city of Detroit’s balance sheet shows the city making some financial progress.

One year after bankruptcy, Detroit's pension debts still loom

In a Nov. 24 report to the governor, the city’s Financial Review Commission notes that on the plus side, the city projects a $35 million surplus for the budget year that ends in June. That bonus is far outweighed, though, by projections that now add $83.4 million to the city’s 2024 pension obligations, a 75 percent increase.

The city’s bankruptcy removed about $7.4 billion in debt from the city’s books. The reorganization gave Detroit a decade of breathing room on city pensions and injected some new cash to patch up decayed city services. But the city won’t be back on a sound financial footing without attracting more businesses and residents to increase its tax collections. Said Fabian: “Detroit’s plan is a fragile one.” Both of those things appear to be happening. Detroit files for bankruptcy - Jul. 18, 2013. The bankruptcy was filed by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and approved by Michigan Gov.

Detroit files for bankruptcy - Jul. 18, 2013

Rick Snyder. Snyder said the financial condition of the city left him no choice. "Now's our opportunity to stop 60 years of decline," Snyder said at a Friday news conference with Orr. "How long had this been going on and people were kicking the can down the road and not doing something? We're doing something. "