Map: Paradise Valley, the Original Innovation District

Originally posted on DETROITography:
History is the most crucial context of any city. In thinking about the “lifecourse of place,” or the evolution of a particular geography over time, socio-demographics provide deep insight. Detroit’s Black community was restricted in where they could legally purchase housing, so there had long been a concentration of Black households…

Speculation and the City “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.”

Property speculators own nearly 20 percent of all property in Detroit. The parcels caught up in this web of speculation are spread across the city and come in a variety of forms. At their worst these owners are buying and selling houses that rapidly decline into vacant and abandoned shells.