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Symposium on Urban Revitalization April 11

April 9, 2007

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will present a symposium: Urban Revitalization after Hathcock and Prop 4:  What Now? on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at the Wayne State University Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer Street, Detroit.

The decision of the Michigan Supreme Court in Wayne County v Hathcock and the passage of Proposal 4 in the November, 2006, election have drastically limited the use of eminent domain as a tool for urban renewal.  What can be done now?  This symposium will bring together leading experts in the field to explore this question.  They will look at the urban renewal experience, the new legal framework, and the tools available to promote revitalization. 

Mary Massaron Ross, an attorney with Plunkett & Cooney, who argued the case of Wayne County v. Hathcock, the leading Michigan case limiting eminent domain, will speak about the case and about Proposition 4, which limited eminent domain even further.

John Cameron, an attorney with Dickinson Wright, and John Logie, an attorney with Warner, Norcross & Judd will look back at the urban renewal experience in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

Current revitalization projects will be discussed by attorney Cameron, who has been working on the Harbor Shores project in Benton Harbor, Douglass Diggs, the director of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department, who will discuss Detroit’s Far East Side Project, and Anika Goss-Foster, the director of Philanthropic Affairs for Detroit, who will talk about the Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative.

Grant Trigger, an attorney and director of Real Estates Interests Group, Inc., will speak on brownfield financial incentives and environmental regulations and benefits.

Dan Kildee, Genesee County Treasurer, and Chairman of the Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority and of the Genesee Land Bank, will discuss land banking as a tool for revitalization.
 
Other speakers will address investment support by the state of Michigan, and WSU professor of Urban Planning Robin Boyle will discuss urban sprawl and revitalization.

The symposium begins at 8:30 am and concludes at 5 p.m. with a reception.  Lunch will be served.  There is a $10 fee for the event; students are admitted free of charge.  Parking is available in structure #1, across from the Law School on Palmer Street, at the corner of Cass Avenue for $3.50.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is one of the national’s leading progressive legal organizations.  Founded in 2001, it is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, students, and other members of the bench and bar.  The ACS mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.

To RSVP for this event, or for more information, please contact Robin Dortenzio at (313) 577-3934 or robind@wayne.edu.