Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Minneapolis's community-based comeback

Larry Gabriel of the Metrotimes looks to Minneapolis for inspiration, where a resident-led revitalization plan has had great success.

I agree with the thesis -- the city needs to let neighborhoods prioritize their own needs and then fund community groups to address them. A few business leaders may save downtown, but neighborhood revitalization can only happen bottom-up. A key to making this happen will be electoral reform. City council members should be elected by district, not at-large, so they can finally be held accountable (and so they fairly represent the city's diversity -- Southwest Detroit deserves a council member).

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