Graham Sustainability Institute

Federal Investments and Economic Disparity in Detroit

Project Team

Brian Min – Political Science, LSA
Jowei Chen – Political Science, LSA

Project Summary

In 2011 the Graham Institute partnered with the non-profit organization Data Driven Detroit (D3) to initiate the Detroit Sustainability Indicators Project. The overall project consisted of six U-M faculty-led research teams that worked to develop data, tools, and analysis to help decision makers in Detroit consider sustainability in their planning and redevelopment efforts.
Federal investments are critical to a city’s infrastructure. This team's collection and analysis of four decades of data revealed that federal grants remained stagnant in Detroit from the mid-1990s even as they increased in other Rust Belt cities. The project data show how funding changed across Detroit's neighborhoods over time, and further analysis can help identify factors that helped certain organizations succeed in finding alternative funding. 
For more details, read the final report (PDF)
This project received a $30,000 Detriot Sustainability Indicators Project Grant in 2011.