Archinect - News 2014-10-30T15:15:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/72031722/a-motor-city-missionary A Motor City Missionary Nam Henderson 2013-04-26T17:38:00-04:00 >2013-04-26T17:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/rabpzycr8jrgn4hm.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to academics like Brent D. Ryan, author of &ldquo;Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities," it is one of the most ambitious privately financed urban reclamation projects in American history.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Earlier this month David Segal traveled to Detroit to look into the efforts/urban boosterim of Dan Gilbert, chairman of Quicken Loans. Using his real estate company, Bedrock Real Estate Services, Mr. Segal is renovating properties, building apartments and wooing corporate tenants. The goal is to remake Detroit (or at least some of it's downtown) into a high-tech hub, full of the 'creative class', high culture and young entrepreneurs. Mr. Segal also explored the context and cause for the current crisis and interviewed some locals who worry about the creation of "two Detroits".</p>