Two weeks ago today, under the banner of the People First Project, I led a group of volunteers to reclaim the parking space in front of Astro Coffee on Michigan Avenue and transform it into a public space. The parklet was an immediate hit and instantly beloved by the community. Like most Detroiters, Corktown residents … Continue Reading →
Exploring Detroit’s revival with the people who live, work and play here.
Chad Rochkind is the founder of Human Scale Studio, the Executive Director of the Corktown Economic Development Corporation, and a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge. Metropolis Magazine named Chad one of its "10 New Talents" in 2014. Chad holds a Master's Degree in Historical and Sustainable Architecture from New York University, where he graduated at the top of his class. He wrote his master's thesis on Detroit's revitalization and how small-scale revitalization efforts can play a leading role in the city’s renaissance. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chad is passionate about Detroit's role in leading the world toward a more sustainable and equitable urban future. He is a home owner, with his wife, in the Hubbard Farms neighborhood of Detroit.