University of Michigan urban planning professor Margaret Dewar added insight to an Oct. 23 Reuters article on the work community organizations are doing to help revitalize parts of Detroit. Dewar has worked with community groups in Detroit to fight blight in neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures. She also leads a CARSS sponsored project to evaluate those efforts, one of five current CARSS projects based in Detroit. The others take on issues that include health, urban planning, education, workforce development and poverty.
- Planning for a Healthy Detroit: Uses health impact assessments to inform city planning.
- Detroit Youth Enterprise: Steers homeless teens toward safer paths to self sufficiency.
- Driving Detroit Forward with Data: Helps decision-makers use the resources of Data Driven Detroit.
- Community College Success: Helps community college students stay in school and connect with employers in high demand fields.