Page 122: "Typologically, exurban churches are modeled on the regional shopping mall."
Page 122: "Out on the edge, in the exurban setting, churches typically locate themselves on arterials between land use pods and surround themselves with huge parking lots to accommodate their members who come by car from distant points over a large region."
Fourth Presbyterian Church, a city-center church in Chicago
Page 124: "...such churches are in a position to draw both the committed and the curious on the basis of proximity and community engagement..." Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago.
Urban Village Church, on Division Street, Wicker Park, Chicago. The congregation worships in a rented theatre venue.
Open programming at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco / Photo: Chris Carlsson.
St. Gregory of Nyssa's Food Pantry amid the dancing saints
Full on Sunday. Embedded churches with a commuter congregation often flatten the surrounding neighborhood with huge parking lots that are used only several hours a week.
Empty the rest of the week. Parking prohibited at all times except for those who attend the church on Sundays. 24/6 dead space.
Page 132: With the collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s, "and the departure of several major employers...the city—especially the east side—fell prey to the familiar problems of disinvestment, unemployment, poverty drugs, crime, homelessness, and prostitution."
Page 1342: "They decided to establish a third place in the form of a cafe ...Thus was born 541 Eatery and Exchange, a neighborhood cafe —and much more—in a former bank building at 541 Barton Street."
Page 132: "...with a menu of real food at affordable prices in a family-friendly environment."
Page 133: "As a third place, 541 provides a venue for the exchange of ideas and stories, dialogue and counsel."
Page 133: "The jar gives customers an opportunity to pay it forward. Buy a button for a dollar and put it in the jar. Others can use the buttons to pay for their meals as they have need."
Page 135: "Fixing holes. Fixing what is broken. The repair of creation. This is indeed the work of a lifetime. And the fixing of our built environment—the wise redevelopment of our cities, the retro-fitting of our suburbs, the reconfiguration of dead malls, the re-design of our streets, the multiplication of transit options, and the creation of fine and fitting public places for the support of civic life—surely this is the work of several generations."
Brush Park Parcels: Proposed urban infill and redevelopment in Detroit, Michigan
The Brush Park neighborhood, halfway between downtown Detroit and Midtown, has experienced severe disinvestment over the past 60 years. Until recently, 40% of its lots were vacant. Other lots were occupied by delapidated housing. The Brush Park Parcels infill and redevelopment project covers 8.4 acres of Brush Park. The plan is for 400 residential units spread over rehabbed existing homes—most from the 19th century—new duplexes, townhomes, carriage houses (accessory dwelling units), and mixed-use apartment buildings. 20% of the residential units are reserved for affordable housing. In addition, the plan calls for 20,000 sq. ft. of retail space.