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Diane Van Buren
President, Zachary & Associates, Inc

If you intend to make the world a better place, the environment is number one. If we’re working in economic development and historical preservation, then the next step is to rebuild in a way that does not impact negatively on the environment. Too often the cheapest system is the system of just throwing everything away and building new in a very cheap way. With historical preservation, its not the cheapest way to do it, but it’s the way that you get the most character. We’re deeply committed to the history of Detroit. So we wanted to preserve that history of Detroit . . . tell the story. Otherwise it’s gone, it’s just completely lost.

Ernest Zachary
Founder, Zachary & Associates, Inc.

To think about the future, you have to have a vision looking forward. It’s an important thing that cities need to do. We have not done that. From a political point of view in recent years, we’ve only been concerned about balancing the budget, laying off policemen, turning the lights off, anything to reduce the costs; not enough thinking about where we’re going to be ten or twenty years from now.

From June 5, 2012, interview