In hopes of receiving the same treatment that transformed Florida’s South Beach and New York’s SoHo into global destinations, Detroit is rolling out the red carpet to real estate mogul Tony Goldman. Goldman arrived in Detroit yesterday for a two-day tour of the area. Stops will include “the abandoned Michigan Central Depot, the Cass Corridor, the Brother Nature Produce urban farm and the famed Heidelberg Project art installation”. Goldman will also meet with city officials and participate in a public discussion about how Detroit can revive itself.
Goldman is known for a multifaceted approach to community revitalization. He preserves historic architecture, focuses on establishing local, community organizations, improves business districts and rebrands entire neighborhoods. “To me, the 40 square miles of vacant property in Detroit can be an incredible opportunity,” said Dennis Scholl, friend of Goldman and Knight Foundation vice president, who is also participating in the Detroit tour and public discussion.
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