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One of Detroits most defining modern characteristics-and most pressing dilemmas-is its huge amount of neglected and vacant land. In Mapping Detroit Land, Community, and Shaping a City, editors June Manning Thomas and Henco Bekkering use chapters based on a variety of maps to shed light on how Detroit moved from frontier fort to thriving industrial metropolis to todays high-vacancy city. With contributors ranging from a map archivist and a historian to architects, urban designers, and urban planners, Mapping Detroit brings a unique perspective to the historical causes, contemporary effects, and potential future of Detroits transformed landscape. To show how Detroit arrived in its present condition, contributors in part 1, Evolving Detroit Past to Present, trace the citys beginnings as an agricultural, military, and trade outpost and map both its depopulation and attempts at redevelopment.

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