Community displacement in Detroit focus of panel

DEARBORN (AP) -- A Dearborn museum will host a panel representing neighborhoods in and around Detroit where residents have been displaced by eminent domain and other land-use decisions.

The program entitled "Place Unmaking: Voices from Detroit Communities" is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Arab American National Museum. The event aims to shed light on the history of community displacement and focus on Dearborn's South End, Detroit and Hamtramck's Poletown and Detroit's Delray and Black Bottom communities.

The panel will be moderated by Detroit demographer Kurt Metzger.

The program also will feature two exhibits on diverse communities that were subject to displacement. One highlights the former Little Syria neighborhood in New York City and the other is about the effect of race on housing in metropolitan Detroit from 1900 to 1968.

Published: Tue, Feb 19, 2013