City planner Toni Griffin offers a vision for a brighter Detroit future
By Dennis Kraniak, Fox 2 News -
DETROIT (WJBK) -
A recent TED talk given by city planner Toni
Griffin offers an outline of hope for a Detroit comeback. Play the
video to hear some interesting ideas. TED is a nonprofit devoted to
Ideas Worth Spreading based on three words: Technology,
FROM THE TED WEBSITE:
the powerhouse of America's industrial might, Detroit is more recently
known in the popular imagination as a fabulous ruin, crumbling and
bankrupt. But city planner Toni Griffin asks us to look again -- and to
imagine an entrepreneurial future for the city's 700,000 residents.
Toni Griffin is an urban planner working to make cities more just and resilient.
Griffin is the Founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design
for the Just City at the City College of New York. In addition to her
academic involvement, Griffin maintains an active private practice
based in New York. Prior to returning to private practice, Griffin
created a centralized division of planning and urban design for the City
of Newark, New Jersey, and before that, worked on waterfront and
neighborhood revitalization in Washington, D.C.
Griffin recently served as director of the Detroit Works Project, and in 2012 completed and released Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework plan for urban transformation.