Efforts to turn around bankrupt Detroit to be subject of course at Wayne State University

Published On: Apr 17 2014 10:45:55 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2014 01:25:55 PM EDT
DETROIT -

The ongoing efforts to turn around bankrupt Detroit will be the subject of a course starting this spring at Wayne State University.

The Detroit school announced this week that "Detroit: Metropolis in Transition" will run from May 7 to July 23, and is open to Wayne State students, guest students and non-degree-seeking professionals. It will meet Wednesday evenings at the school.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning course is structured as a guest lecture series. Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr is among the scheduled speakers, the school said. Orr took the city into bankruptcy last summer and is a key player in the ongoing restructuring.

"History is being made almost every day here in Detroit," Robin Boyle, a professor in Wayne State University's Center for Urban Planning, said in a statement. "From urban economic development and housing to food planning and community development, there isn't a more dynamic urban environment."

In addition to weekly lectures, students will learn about Detroit's past and present, and go on field trips to destinations of interest throughout the city.

The course will close with presentations on visions for the city going forward, including the Detroit Future City effort.

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