Rethink Detroit is an ongoing dialogue on Detroit’s future. It takes as its motto the famous Kurt Lewin quote: “If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.” It is dedicated to the twin pursuit of improving Detroit and better understanding it, recognizing that to truly know Detroit, you have to fight for its revitalization.

All posts are by Patrick Cooper-McCann, or Cooper for short. As an urban planning PhD student at the University of Michigan, I study urban governance and community development and work closely with neighborhood organizations in Detroit. As editor of Rethink Detroit, I try to tell the city’s story in full, sharing both its challenges and its progress.  I do so as an academic and as an advocate committed to making Detroit a better place.