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Mapping the Egalitarian Metropolis: Spaces of Hope

  • Michigan Research Studio 3901 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan, (map)

After a half-century urban crisis that fundamentally undermined equality and brutally conjoined patterns of residential segregation with racism, ethnic intolerance and discrimination, Detroit’s partial recovery has provoked a profound “urban conversation” over the aspiration voiced by Detroit’s Planning and Development Director Maurice Cox that “Detroit’s recovery will be the most inclusive of any American city.” Supported by theMichigan-Mellon Project on the Egalitarian Metropolis, “Mapping the Egalitarian Metropolis: Spaces of Hope” features work by six interdisciplinary research teams led by University of Michigan Taubman College faculty, each using techniques of deep mapping, critical cartography, and community engagement to reveal planned and unplanned places within Detroit that —despite the inequalities—have the potential to bring diverse people together to serve as loci for a more inclusive recovery.