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City planner Toni Griffin offers a vision for a brighter Detroit future

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A recent TED talk given by city planner Toni Griffin offers an outline of hope for a Detroit comeback.  Play the video to hear some interesting ideas.  TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading based on three words: Technology, Entertainment, Design.


Once the powerhouse of America's industrial might, Detroit is more recently known in the popular imagination as a fabulous ruin, crumbling and bankrupt. But city planner Toni Griffin asks us to look again -- and to imagine an entrepreneurial future for the city's 700,000 residents.

Toni Griffin is an urban planner working to make cities more just and resilient.

Toni Griffin is the Founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the City College of New York. In addition to her academic involvement, Griffin maintains an active private practice based in New York. Prior to returning to private practice, Griffin created a centralized division of planning and urban design for the City of Newark, New Jersey, and before that, worked on waterfront and neighborhood revitalization in Washington, D.C.

Griffin recently served as director of the Detroit Works Project, and in 2012 completed and released Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework plan for urban transformation.

Read more about Toni Griffin on the TED Blog »

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