Info Action Brief

In order to understand the current housing environment in Detroit, it is important to understand the history of how our current circumstances came about. We’ve gathered together a variety of reports, articles, and publications that can give the conte

General Historical Context

Detroit: The Evolution of the Housing Crisis

Michigan League of Public Policy (2019)

A historical view of Detroit’s housing crisis, discussing racial covenants, redlining, highway construction, and subprime lending. This paper includes discussion of the high rental cost burden Detroiters experience and the lack of truly affordable housing options. It also includes an analysis of Detroit’s new inclusionary zoning ordinance, which was calculated using the area median income of Metro Detroit (and is twice as high as Detroit’s median income).

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