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Mapping Detroit: Land, Community, and Shaping a City

(Great Lakes Books Series)

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One of Detroit's most defining modern characteristics-and most pressing dilemmas-is its huge amount of neglected and vacant land. In Mapping Detroit: Land, Community, and Shaping a City, editors June Manning Thomas and Henco Bekkering use chapters based on a variety of maps to shed light on how Detroit moved from frontier fort to thriving industrial metropolis to today's h ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 16th 2015 by Great Lakes Books/Wayne State University Press (first published March 2015)
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Jordan
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has beautiful and insightful maps, but understanding the accompanying jargon definitely benefits from some prior familiarity with urban studies. Now that this text is a few years old, I would love to see an update to the epilogue and more specific analysis and/or criticism of the “Detroit Future City” framework. It is expansive and impressive, especially the imagined green infrastructure and mixed “innovative” use spaces, but without careful consideration of the socio-political history ...more
Laura
Aug 29, 2015 marked it as unfinished
I loved the project here but this is not a book for amateurs. Lots of technical arguments by this group of urban planners that were a bit jargon-y, and just generally over my head. Maybe with more focus and determination I could have powered through, but this is not summer reading. It is a gorgeous book though - Wayne State Press is the publisher and did not skimp on number of images or the quality of the printing. That it was published as a coffee table book speaks to how important these prints ...more
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Dr. June Manning Thomas is Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Professor Thomas is author or editor of numerous books and other publications. Her husband, Dr. Richard W. Thomas, is Professor Emeritus of History at Michigan State University.

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