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Saturday, 3 May, 2014 0:19 AM
M-1 Streetcar, Blight Removal and Urban Farming discussed at Detroit Economic Club
From left to right: Tom Walsh, Glenda Price, Ph.D., Matthew Cullen and John Hantz
DETROIT -- Wednesday at the Westin Book Cadillac brought together three major figures in the Motor City's transformation efforts for a Detroit Economic Club luncheon and panel discussion moderated by the Detroit Free Press’ Tom Walsh on their involved efforts and how such efforts can progress.
On hand were President/CEO of HantzGroup, Inc. John Hantz, Co-Chair of the Blight Removal Task Force Glenda Price, Ph.D., and Matthew Cullen, President/CEO of Rock Ventures LLC and M-1 Rail.
“What I’ve seen is a level of collaboration that hasn’t occurred in the past,” said Price. In terms of blighted land improvement: “The ideas is not one neighborhood at a time, but multiple projects. We have to increase the capacity.”
“We have created an infrastructure that affects the riverfront [outward],” added Cullen concerning improvements surrounding the M-1’s establishment. “If we’re going to make a difference here, we’ve got to do it ourselves. It’s about transit, about being able to move around.”
Hantz’s land renewal effort currently involves a new woodland acreage range called Hantz Farms. In the end, according to Hantz, the project was about making things better for all those involved. “You just improve the quality of life,” said Hantz. “Now the acres don’t look like a third world country.”
The panel occurred following a quick revisit ceremony held for the Free Press’ Michigan Green Leaders Award, released one month ago.
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John Hantz is the President & CEO of HantzGroup, Inc.
Matthew Cullen is the President & CEO of Rock Ventures LLC and M-1 Rail
Glenda Price is the Co-Chair of the Blight Removal Task Force
All four members of the panel discussion
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