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City of Detroit Planning and Development Department

Courtesy City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
The City of Detroit Planning and Development Department (PDD) has the auspicious responsibility of governing sustainable development—including building preservation—in America’s largest postindustrial city. The PDD is emboldened by the tenacity and resourcefulness of Detroit’s citizenry, who have remained resilient and undeterred through long-term industrial decline, municipal disinvestment, and bankruptcy. Engaging fully with these residents, the PDD is creating a palimpsest of progressive strategies aimed at rebuilding a city “secure in its future, grounded in its roots, and hopeful in its present state.” Key to this mission is the goal of engendering an atmosphere of trust by creating local opportunity, promoting equitable development without displacement, and supporting inclusionary growth. Moreover, the PDD seeks to advance design as a means of improving quality of life for all people, celebrating the city’s design legacy, and contributing to its design future, all while balancing function with beauty.

Restructured 2016, Detroit, USA
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