U-Haul’s Own Plan for Revitalization

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Detroit Revitalization: Measuring What U-Haul Brings To New Center

Article by Wendy B of U-Haul

Throughout it history, U-Haul has adapted old buildings to new uses. The company’s project in the old New Center Nabisco factory is the latest in a long line of such projects in cities across North America.

When the Detroit Revitalization project got underway, the scale of the work begged a question;what do these adaptive reuse projects mean to the cities they occur in? In order to investigate the question, U-Haul engaged Wayne State University to conduct a research project looking into the impact of the reuse project on the New Center neighborhood and the city of Detroit. A graduate student from the Master of Urban Planning program, Joe Tangari, was chosen to lead the project.

The research project studies the social, environmental and economic effects of U-Haul’s adaptation of the formerly vacant Nabisco…

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