Grand Rapids, Development and Equity in a Market-driven economy

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

On Friday, MLive ran a story based on new recommendations from the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use that would promote greater equity with development projects in Grand Rapids. 

These recommendations are necessarily new, as they come out of a report that was presented to Grand Rapids by the Rose Center in March 2017, which we reported on

The MLive article lists nine recommendations from the Rose Center, but before we address those recommendations, it is important to state a few things up front.

First, a major problem with these recommendations are that they are rooted in idea that we can achieve equity within a market-based system of capitalism. There is just no historical evidence that equity can be achieved within a system of capitalism. In fact, within a market-based system we can be guaranteed that there will be greater inequity – class, racial and gender…

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