Monday, January 14, 2013

Crumbling infrastructure

Pardon the low quality of this picture, but it is a utility pole slumped over, soon to fall down.  Such disgraceful state of disrepair.  It is located in Chicago's Southside.

If the picture doesn't illustrate this, it is leaning at an almost 45 degree angle.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Revisiting the master plan

Recently, Detroit unveiled a new master plan.  Unlike other plans, this one has a concrete vision for Detroit's future.  It imagines a Detroit scaled back from its current size by turning some neighborhoods into parks of a sort.

"Among the report's suggestions are targeting vacant land and empty buildings for employment districts to stimulate job growth in neighborhoods. It also recommends encouraging residents living in sparsely populated neighborhoods to move out, then converting the land into open space or community gardens."

Long has the city mulled the idea of scaling back city services from sparsely populated areas.  The city has finally decided which areas should be scaled back.  I hope to visit some of these areas this summer to see for myself what a sparsely populated neighborhood designed open space looks like.

You can download a copy of the 16 page summary from the city's website.  I would like to find a copy online of the full 349 page full copy.  If you find a link please send it my way.  I haven't yet digested the finer details but I hope the city has a viable plan that produces tangible net benefits to the city and its residents.