Chris Matus, MUP, is an urban enthusiast with a background in public policy and creative writing. He is involved with community development efforts in Detroit, Michigan and is a staff writer for The Urbanist Dispatch.
Chris received his MUP from Wayne State University in Detroit. His research focused on place-making initiatives and economic development; particularly the role of arts and culture in economic growth and the many benefits of public parks and urban green space. He authored a report that researched the health of metro Detroit’s music scene and recommended ways local governments and business groups can highlight live music as an economic growth tool. Chris also contributed to the development and execution of a parcel survey in support of Detroit’s efforts to update its master plan and address discrepancies between it and the city’s zoning ordinance. He presented a report of the survey’s results to university leaders, city officials and community stakeholders, as well as at a conference hosted by the Michigan Association of Planning.
Before his work in urban planning, Chris attended Michigan State University, where he received degrees in social relations and policy and English. He served as the president of the MSU Student Housing Cooperative, worked as a gardener with the university’s grounds crew and contributed editorial content to the State News. After graduation, he accepted a position in the Detroit office of US Senator Carl Levin, where he works as an advocate for Michigan’s residents and their communities.
When not working, Chris enjoys playing music and cooking with friends, wandering aimlessly through cities with his beautiful wife, and exploring the forests and beaches of Michigan with his spunky mutt.
Chris can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest posts by Chris Matus (see all)
- The Quiet Progress of a Detroit-Windsor Passenger Ferry - July 28, 2014
- Address Sprawl for a Stronger Metro Detroit - May 28, 2014
- Farmers and Urbanists Unite! - February 17, 2014