Wasted urban infrastructure: The city of Detroit
City/urban economics is always more interesting to read. Even if the papers are highly technical, atleast there is something real to learn and ponder.
This interesting bit of research looks at the issue of why in Detroit people do not live near the business centre of yore?
The decline of manufacturing employment in industrialised countries has hit some cities hard. This column looks at perhaps the best-known case – Detroit – where residents have deserted the neighbourhoods closest to the central business district in favour of the suburbs, despite the longer commute. Redeveloping these areas requires coordination between multiple developers, residents, and the city governments that facilitate permits and public services. The authors propose the introduction of ‘development guarantees’ to ease the coordination problems.
I don’t know but I guess a good example could be drawn from Mumbai. Keeping the highly important and sensitive issues of politics and land grabbing aside, the cotton mill areas of Parel have been developed/reconverted into an unimaginable urban space. Yes, most are ugly designs but in a space constrained city has provided some relief (though some may say it has only led to more problems!). This redevelopment too must have required “coordination between multiple developers, residents, and the city governments that facilitate permits and public services”.