Mix Tape Zoning

Transforming Detroit’s complex land use regulations into a positive force for neighborhood revitalization

Mix Tape Zoning Detroit seeks to transform Detroit’s complex land use regulations into a positive force for neighborhood revitalization. “Mix Tape Zoning” refers to a lessening of the “red tape” that can quickly thwart revitalization initiatives. Process inefficiencies, outdated ordinances, and rigid code interpretations can strangle the most creative place-making projects, resulting in urban environments that fall short of their potential.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the project seeks to identify and implement a number of agile, creative, regulatory changes which support high-quality place-making and drive economic development on the city’s neighborhood commercial corridors.

Pink Zoning Meeting

In recent years, Detroiters have shown a great deal of enterprise and initiative in neighborhood projects: growing produce on vacant lots, rehabilitating disused buildings, and using the urban landscape for art projects and other forms of cultural expression. These forms of urban creativity are a huge comparative advantage for the city: they attract international press, stimulate residential demand in the neighborhoods, and fuel the our economic recovery. These small entrepreneurial efforts are the seeds of Detroit’s economic recovery, and must be carefully and intelligently nurtured. Pink Zoning Detroit is an attempt by the City to make sure our regulatory environment supports such efforts.

Some of the Project for Lean Urbanism's position papers are also relevant.

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