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Detroit's Better Blocks and WARM on US Green Building Council Blog: @ryanpsnow @usgbcdetroit

A recent Atlantic Cities article, “Hysteria and Racist Screeds over HUD Plans to Map Neighborhood Diversity ,” reminded people that racism and classism is very much alive in the U.S. Growing up in the “rich white suburbs” north of Detroit, I was taught to be afraid of the city; it was an inherent part of life and culture where I grew up. So when I joined members of USGBC Detroit Regional Chapter at the Better Block Detroit event a few weeks ago, I made sure to keep an eye on my personal assumptions, biases and fears. Better Blocks is all about place-making, community engagement and sustainability. It is a demonstration tool that acts as a living charrette so that communities can actively engage in the build-out process and provide feedback in real time. The Detroit event looked like a gathering of the United Nations. There was a deep sense of hope for a better future, desp...

Full article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-better-detroit-one...

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