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Tag: Equitable Development

In Detroit, the Fight for Community Benefits Begins Anew

"On Nov. 8, 2016, Detroit residents voted into law the nation’s first Community Benefits Ordinance (CBO). The law requires any developer receiving over a certain threshold of local public subsidies or tax breaks to engage with a local advisory council to address community concerns. As with traditional Community Benefits Agreements ... more

Fighting for Equity in Development

One year ago Detroiters voted on two versions of a Community Benefits Ordinance. To commemorate this anniversary, Equitable Detroit Coalition and Detroit People’s Platform (with support from the Building Movement Project) have produced a new report; “Fighting for Equity in Development, The Story of Detroit&rsquo... more

Detroiters Changed the Narrative to Push for Community (not just corporate) Development

Detroit, Michigan, recently became the first city in the nation to pass an ordinance designed to give community members a voice in negotiations with big developers. Large-scale developers often receive financial support from taxpayers in the form of grants, tax abatements, and land transfers. In exchange, they sometimes promise community... more

Building the CBO Movement in Detroit

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld with artwork by Sean Bieri, courtesy of www.metrotimes.com Detroit and many cities across the country that experienced disinvestment, white flight and redlining a generation ago, are now grappling with economic “redevelopment” efforts that notoriously and blatantly bypass communities of color. Since redevelopment... more

The Role of Nonprofits in Increasing Income Mobility

Last week, The New York Times released an interactive dataset comparing what income mobility looks like in different neighborhoods across the country. This dataset, which comes from years of research conducted by The Equality of Opportunity Project, is remarkable in a lot ways. But what struck me the most about... more

Detroit: The City vs The State – Another Round

Residents must be gaining some power in Detroit. Because each time they start to organize something, the state tries to intervene to usurp their gains. This time it is the Community Benefits Agreement ordinance. The Detroit People’s Platform introduced the need for a Community Benefits Agreement ordinance to... more