Toni Griffin: A new vision for rebuilding Detroit



Once 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.

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  • I definitely noticed that she said nothing about the Latino population in the city which has never dwindled in numbers but in fact increased or the remainder of the whites that still exist in the city today, while they're more well-to-do counterparts white and black left for the suburbs. The majority of the people that came to that City from all walks of life colors and ethnicities were in search for a better life for their selves as well as their descendants. So this whole talk was more about exclusivity of a certain people rather than inclusive to everyone that remained in this city.its 2018 going into 2019 demographics are switching with the influx of whites again in the greater downtown area . Which is a happy sight, besides numbers the more Multicultural the city becomes the more I believe it will succeed. Let's now start to be inclusive of everyone no matter how low their numbers may be.

    El hijo Del rio May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • So, what's the progress a year after this video?

    GetTheGrandFunkOut May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • These r some fantastic ideas. This City reminds me of New York in some ways. NYC went bankrupt in the 70s and now look at it.

    Jessica Hello May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • Fucking Gross. this presentations is terrible. AS a Detroiter, she is uplifting the worst stories… Phill Cooley isn't just a model who wants to start a busienss, his dad runs a bank, bought phil the restuarant and owns 80 buildings in the corktown neighborhood the restaurant lies in. Shinola is an example of a business pimping the brand of Detroit.

    This process is not what people in Detroit wanted… it codifies every rich dude's bad ideas and pushes around poverty. 

    Antonio Cosme May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
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    Pritivi Kumar May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • the assumption she makes about ancestors turning in their grave is just downright disrespectful and not an assumption I would of come to in a million years

    Stephen Atkinson May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • It's too bad that the major problem in Detroit is being ignored. That being the black thug problem. Too bad it is politically incorrect to point this out and too bad Detroit is not going to make a come back until these thugs are gone.

    bob Last May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • Before bashing Detroit, visit it. Don't be an ignorant fool.

    harrisoncoleman621 May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • Did I miss the part where she addresses the problem of providing city-level services to a massive city, with a proportionally out of balance population, that is inefficiently spread around? Did I miss the part where she had a realistic idea of how to bring the jobs per 100 people from 27 to, say, 90? Small craft manufacturers and local restaurants are not going to do it. That city WILL shrink, or continue to languish. 

    majinspy May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • detroit the next portland?

    Jake Rullman May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • wow that was amazing

    Jensen Alexander May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • Detroit is kindof suffering because of the loss of it's automobile manufacturing sector, right?  And that industry failed because it wasn't sustainable, it was a toxic culture that resisted change so much that it inevitably killed itself – was outcompeted by foreign companies who gave ppl the more sustainable cars they wanted.
    Soooo, what this really is – is a burst bubble.  If the Detroit automobile industry was never really sustainable, then Detroit's downfall was always inevitable.
    It's sad, sure, but bubbles burst all the time.  I don't really understand why people think Detroit's bursting bubble is any more tragic than any other bubble. 
    I guess it's more tragic than the dot-com bubble, because the tech industry adapts VERY fast and recovered almost instantly – i mean look at how strong silicon valley still is, is it even dented?
    The American auto industry needs to change it's culture.  Ok who am i kidding – it won't change anywhere near fast enough, the American auto-industry needs to just die so that the room becomes available for something better to replace it.  It's too fucked up.
    I say it's replacement needs "room", in the sense that while the auto-industry is still alive it has proven time and time again that it will mercilessly attack anything new that threatens it.  So for things to get better, this crazy dog needs to die.

    roidroid May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • Heh, i was just writing how cool it'd be to seedbomb these abandoned properties with food plants (tomatoes, passionfruit, etc), when she started mentioning community gardens halfway through the talk.  Awww yeah.
    #seedbomb

    roidroid May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • This woman said absolutely nothing the entire speech. 

    acrbands May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • First off is that some sort of implant under her skin on her left shoulder if so what is it and why? Second Blacks did not move to the north to get away from farming they left because of slavery! To bad we only thought slavery ended for the Black people when really it was everyone that became enslaved to a grander scam! Do a search for "Meet Your Strawman Illusion" to understand how deep the rabbit hole goes of your enslavement to The Matrix! Next we live in a global world on line where it does not matter where you live or what your neighborhood looks like because you can work in cyber space on anything! Lastly I don't know if people know the difference between shit and shinola!

    itscrazytrevor May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • More capitalism can't save Detroit. Maybe when things get bad enough, Detroit will be like China, a place where opportunistic predators exploit poor workers for little pay.

    No workers, if you want to save Detroit, unite. Form worker owned, worker run enterprises. Form Democratically organized institutions, Worker Cooperatives, and decide together what to produce, where to produce, how much to produce and what to do with the profits. Unite and take over as much of the city as you can by whatever means that you can.

    Take back Detroit from the capitalist tyrants who decided that you weren't worth $10 an hour when they could pay sweat shop slaves in China 30 cents an hour. Form credit unions, or join them, and abolish the banks that swept through Detroit taking people's homes. Govern the city yourselves, push aside the corrupt business owned government that abandoned the city and let packs of wild dogs roam loose on the streets.

    TimmyTheAnarchist May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • what's wrong with an "agrarian lifestyle" (aka farming)? i am considering moving to the D for urban farming once i can afford it. the city should support urban farming as much as possible, rather than degrade the livelihood which sustains the entire human population.

    adspeed7292005 May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • she slammed mumbles, that's what we call mayor monino, he needs a good slam once in awhile.

    writerconsidered May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • You moderns desperately need a living Roman. We can turn any location into a prosperous metropolis. Sure it would involve ransacking Canada, but who would care? Tom Ford's crack budget will make a great art center after you crucify him.

    Hadrian Augustus May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • Detroit needs to start building robots like in Robocop.

    Nershipuu May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • Detroit needs help, but I heard no plan in this talk.

    GuitarZombie May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • Just sell Detroit to China, help pay off some of our debt.

    SolariEcho May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply
  • So…. allow homesteading and then take credit?

    Her talk would have been more profound if she'd finished on 'obviously it's completely absurd that a planner could save a city'.

    Michael McLoughlin May 20, 2020 7:08 pm Reply

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