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Talking about the downtown development dilemma

Over 200 people joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou at Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor this past Tuesday for our Issues & Ale discussion about the challenges surrounding downtown development in cities that are booming across Michigan.

Doug was joined by panelists Christopher Taylor, Mayor of Ann Arbor; Carolyn Loh, Associate Prof. of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University; and Ben Phillips, Vice President, Develop Detroit.

The conversation ranged from economic growth and affordable housing to maintaining green spaces and the impact of quality public transportation.

The audience asked questions of the panelists for over fifty minutes, including:

“Is it really true that if cities don’t grow, they die?”

“How do low income students afford to live in Ann Arbor?”

“How do we keep our cities equal and diverse as they grow and change?”

Listen at the link above to hear the discussion and the conversation between the audience and panelists.

Steve is Michigan Public's Marketing Director. His job involves coordinating the station’s marketing, communication and public relations efforts, special events, car donation program and community & media partnerships.