The housing history of Brightmoor can be traced back to a rich man named Taylor who bought lands and built houses and sold them to workers when the Detroit was still prospering decades ago [1]. The population of Brightmoor grew quickly, mostly consisting of workers in newly built industries. However, as too many people settled in this region, slums were created at its peak in 1970s [1]. Yet, as Detroit walked down the path, many people left the city and Brightmoor was not an exception for housing vacancies.

Fig. 1: The location of Brightmoor in relation to other Detroit areas. Source: Mapping Detroit, 2015 [1]

With vacant lands, residents make gardens; in 2009, 84% of uncared land in Detroit has been used to create gardens by residents and the rest of the portion became sidewalks for pedestrian [1]. Vacant lands here is being used as a great way to promote a green, sustainable living plan currently spotlighted by many renowned city planners. Another suggestion is to turn the vacant lands into open public space, which would encourage socialization and formation of amicable atmosphere among the community [2].

Brightmoor is mostly abandoned but not renewed because it is not in “that bad” condition compared to other areas but it is not dynamic enough to be a center anymore [1]. To resume economic development in Brightmoor, the cooperation of different sectors of the community seems necessary [2]. Thus, Detroiters will have to open conversation and work together as a team across the community to bring back economic revival.


Works Cited

  1. Thomas, J. M., & Bekkering, H. (2015). Mapping Detroit: Land, community, and shaping a city. (pp. 144-165). Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.
  2. Tyler, N., & Ward, R. M. (2010). Urban Planning and Downtown Revitalization, Planning and community development: A guide for the 21st century (pp. 86-100). NY: W.W. Norton & Company.

List of Figures

  1. Thomas, J. M., & Bekkering, H. (2015). Mapping Detroit: Land, Community, and Shaping a City. (p. 144). Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.