Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Summer 8-8-2016


Detroit, Community Development, Housing, Vacant Land, Development, Blight, Sustainability


In recent years Detroit has seen the beginnings of a revival with coordinated blight removal efforts from the city and large downtown development investments from foundations, such as the Kresge Foundation, and key players in the corporate sector such as Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans. While these efforts have led to tremendous changes and revitalization in the downtown and midtown areas, as well as along the riverfront, much of the city’s neighborhoods remain left to solve their housing and land use crises. What follows is an attempt to build upon the work of others in finding creative solutions to Detroit’s housing and vacant lot issues. This plan is intended to assist the city of Detroit in developing its newest Master Plan of Policies for Detroit, as well as supplement the strategies of corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic actors, with a specific focus toward housing and neighborhood development.