Tag Archives: Detroit

Combining Crowdfunding And Place-Making To Help Communities Improve Themselves

Before moving forward on a revitalization project, Midtown Detroit Inc. faced the usual civic project hurdles: Did people in the area actually even want this? Would they actually use and care for it? And, equally important, was there any grant money available to offset the costs? To find out, MDI turned to Patronicity, a Detroit-based online fundraising platform that’s pioneering a new form of crowdfunding dubbed “crowdgranting.” Read more... Read more

Housing Market Revival is Key to Detroit’s Economic Recovery

A healthy housing market builds current residents’ wealth, attracts new residents, stabilizes neighborhoods, and generates revenue for local government. Although Detroit’s housing market has been plagued by weak demand, an oversupply of aging and dilapidated housing stock, and a lack of sufficient income and access to capital for potential homebuyers, emerging trends and innovative practices are moving the city toward greater economic recovery. Read more... Read more

Detroit’s El Moore Building Gets An Eco-Friendly Rehab

​ The El Moore was built in 1898 as eight luxury apartments—unusual for a neighborhood then dominated by large single-family houses. After falling into disrepair, local preservationists wanted to create a place that would contribute to the community. So they came up with the idea of a combination of apartments and hotel rooms. The dual setup creates an interactive community experience, where visitors could meet residents and spend time in a Detroit neighborhood. Read more... Read more

Revamped City Planning Aims at Neighborhood Revivals

Under Detroit’s new Director of Planning, Maurice Cox, the city’s planning efforts now focus not on the already revitalizing downtown but in places where city planners for decades have paid little if any attention — Detroit’s hard-hit neighborhoods. Read more... Read more

‘Agrihood’ Project Focuses on Farm-to-Table in Detroit

Detroit officials announced a partnership that will help transform a long-vacant apartment building into a community center and cafe to anchor its growing agricultural campus. The project is being touted as the nation’s first urban “agrihood,” an alternative neighborhood that’s built around the farm-to-table model featured mainly in rural and suburban settings. Read more... Read more

Turning Detroit’s Abandoned Homes Into Greenhouses

Two years after Detroit emerged from bankruptcy, its urban-farming scene is flourishing, with some 1,400 farms and community gardens spread across the city’s 139 square miles. Many local growers worry that they will be uprooted as the city woos development projects, and with them, much-needed taxes and jobs. But green spaces don’t have to be at odds with revitalization, says Maurice Cox, the city’s director of planning and development, who notes that farms and gardens are a key element of... Read more

Webinar: Strategic Partnerships in Detroit to Create Stronger Connections between Youth and the Trades

Long-term investments are sorely needed to connect youth to the trades – and to change the general public’s perception of the trades – but we can’t lose sight of the partnerships already taking place. The Urban Manufacturing Alliance’s Workforce Community of Practice will feature two organizations’ creative partnerships to bringing youth into the trades. Both examples of partnerships demonstrate intentional inclusion of underserved communities and the benefit manufacturing jobs can bring to them and their communities. Register now... Read more

Detroit’s Downtown Rebounds, but Neighborhoods Lag Behind

While downtown and Midtown are on the rise, several other neighborhoods have yet to bounce back from population loss, disinvestment and scores of foreclosures. The under-construction Little Caesars Arena, which house the Detroit Pistons and the Red Wings, is the centerpiece of a coming 50-block entertainment district in a part of downtown that’s already nearly at capacity with new residents and new businesses. But some say the city is missing the kind of targeted spending that could reduce the number... Read more
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