How does can an urban revival work for everyone? That’s a question at the center of Detroit’s nascent comeback. Sven Gustafson talks with Alan Mallach. He’s the author of new book, “The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America.”

Mallach is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington DC. A city planner, advocate and writer. He is known for his work on housing, economic development, and urban revitalization.

He’s also a former director of housing & economic development in Trenton, New Jersey, and a former non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, he teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute.

The conversation touches on the level of Detroit’s comeback and how it is real but it’s limited and a partial comeback, on the level of gentrification in Detroit, the impact of projects like the QLINE that are more development engines than transit that benefits the whole city or region, how the government needs to focus on programs that generally don’t have ribbon cuttings and develop the workforce. Detroit’s revival has also created the space to talk about addressing concerns around poverty, but the conversation has a long way to go.

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