Park Avenue Hotel Battle Moves to Historic District Commission

UPDATE 4/21/15  Today, the opening chapter in efforts to save the Park Avenue Hotel came to a close, with an 8-0 vote of Detroit City Council to approve the rezoning. The next stop in the process is the Detroit Historic District Commission. Because the Park Avenue Hotel is a locally designated historic district, the DHDC [...]

Tell the City of Detroit: Don’t demolish Southwestern High School

Photo of Southwestern High School by the Manning Bros., via New York Public Library Digital Collections. Comments on the proposed demolition of Southwestern High School (6921 W. Fort Street) are due today, April 23, 2015, at 5:00 pm. You can send your comments via email to Ryan Schumaker at The subject line of the e-mail [...]

Dear Council: We’re counting on you to stand up for smart development

Dear Detroit City Council, On Monday, your vote on the Arena District rezoning can be a giant step forward in smart urban planning. You can encourage Olympia Development to embrace proven strategies for successful redevelopment — adaptive reuse of historic buildings, and pedestrian-friendly, bike-friendly design. On behalf of over 1,100 people who signed a petition [...]