Michigan Public Act 145 and its Effects on Downtown Development
Duane, William M.J.
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The purpose of this paper is to examine the dynamics of the entities and forces surrounding the whirlwind that PA 145 has created, focusing on the problems downtown development public/private partnerships face. Kalamazoo has been chosen as a representative case for a number of reasons. The structure of Kalamazoo's DKI is unique in that for the most part it combines the dynamism of private business with the concern for civic welfare of government. It has been extremely successful in the past, but faces an uncertain future due to a government action that took place to solve a problem unrelated to downtown development. This subject deserves attention in a time when the desire for large scale reform and change is growing in the United States and the world. What the difficulties of the Kalamazoo DDA have to offer us is a view of the negative consequences of radical change that can come of the best intentions.