Dr. Andrew R. Highsmith, Author, Demolition Means Progress
W. David Tarver, Founder and President, Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative
In one of the most comprehensive works yet written on the history of inequality and metropolitan development in modern America, Andrew R. Highsmith uses the case of Flint to explain how the perennial quest for urban renewal contributed to mass suburbanization, racial and economic division, deindustrialization, and political fragmentation. His book should be required reading for anyone seeking to do economic development work in Flint. This interview explores how the lessons from Flint’s economic past can inform the city’s current revitalization efforts.
Demolition Means Progress – The Interview