Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and other cities have become inspiring and aspirational demonstration cities showing what is achievable in rebuilding and "greening" the nation's distressed cities.
IN 20 YEARS - The 10 largest cities in Michigan regularly appear on national lists of the cities with the lowest per-capita emissions and energy usage levels, the highest transit-ridership, and highest quality of life in the country. Every resident in our core cities who wants a rewarding and life-sustaining job is able to find one or create one for themselves.
IN 10 YEARS - Plans are created and resources are identified that would stabilize and rebuild the basic water, sewer, electrical, transportation and other infrastructure assets in our metropolitan regions. These plans are more sustainable and include more green elements such as soft-path water treatment. Each of the 25 largest cities has at least one LEED-certified (or equivalent) City administrative building located in their downtown business district. Residential and commercial retrofit programs are undertaken on a massive scale in each of the 25 largest cities, and most of the construction is done by locally trained "green jobs" workers. Institutions and private companies routinely provide access to training and education for residents that focuses on sustainability.
IN 2 YEARS - Municipal governments have undertaken massive green programs to improve city services such as recycling, to maximize efficiency in municipal operations, to increase access to public transit and car-sharing programs, and upgrade lighting and building maintenance. Urban garden programs have beautified thousands of vacant lots and community groups are organized to manage and care for these spaces while providing food and beauty to their neighborhoods.