Gareth Potts

Gareth is currently looking to establish an organization to exchange international best practice around ways to sustain community and civic assets such as parks, libraries and museums. Prior to arriving in Detroit he undertook a German Marshall Fund international Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship (in the Twin Cities, Detroit and Baltimore) looking at these same issues. Before coming to the US Gareth worked in central government as a policy advisor in the Cabinet Office (Office for Civil Society and Strategy Unit). He holds a Ph.D. in economic geography (the role of universities in regional economic development), as well as a first degree in social policy and administration and a Masters in civic design (urban planning). Follow him on Twitter @garethpotts1.

The Naming Game

The naming of infrastructure is important to place-making but needs some guidelines if it is to be effective The naming of civic infrastructure is in the news of late Recent weeks have seen the announcement that the planned bridge between Detroit and the Canadian city of Windsor will be called the Gordie Howe International Bridge … Continue Reading →

Old and new State Fairs

Living just a mile from the old State Fairgrounds site – a 162-acre site south of eight mile on Woodward Avenue’s east side – I have become intrigued by the place. The reason is that it links in with my two key professional interests – civic/community assets (typically this means parks, libraries, museums and the like) and … Continue Reading →

Community benefits: Does everyone agree?

Detroit City Council is considering an ordinance that would require developer consultation with communities in exchange for large public subsidies for developments. What exactly is it and should they pass it? The ordinance On October 9, Detroit City Council’s Planning and Economic Development subcommittee discussed a resolution for an “Urban Development Agreements” ordinance. The ordinance … Continue Reading →