Press Release

Detroit Future City Partners with College for Creative Studies’ CPAD Program

community+public arts: DETROIT (CPAD), a program of the College for Creative Studies, is partnering with the Detroit Future City Implementation Office and The Greening of Detroit to work with artists and four Detroit communities to transform vacant and underused spaces into New Urban Places. The new program combines visual and performing arts, culture, and green space to express unique community visions as part of a creative ecology for Detroit’s neighborhoods.

One large community-based public art project will be created in each of four target neighborhoods: Brightmoor and Cody/Rouge on Detroit’s northwest side, the North End in central Detroit, and Jefferson/Chalmers on Detroit’s southeast side. New Urban Places projects will be in line with the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework, utilize the arts expertise of the College for Creative Studies, and include the green infrastructure capacity of The Greening of Detroit to create demonstration projects for neighborhoods interested in using art to activate vacant spaces and remediate blight. The New Urban Places partnership is supported by a generous grant from The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program.


In the Media

New York Times editorial on fight against blight in Detroit

At one level, a new report about blight in Detroit can be seen as a cartographic inventory of the abandoned homes, vacant lots and rundown industrial sites that have spread through the once-thriving Motor City like a metastasized cancer. But there is another way to look at this important document: as the starting point for fresh conversation about what needs to be done to stabilize and revive Detroit and other declining cities around the country.

Detroit’s Fight Against Blight
The Editorial Board, June 7th 2014, New York Times Sunday Review

In the Media

Xconomy on online map of Detroit’s vacant and blighted properties

In January, Xconomy reported on the Motor City Mapping project to survey the city’s entire 139 square miles—nearly 400,000 parcels of land—and identify blighted properties in need of demolition.

Back then, a team of about 200 surveyors hit the snowy streets and spent roughly two months crisscrossing the city, using an app to catalog each parcel of land complete with a photo and identifying details. The project, mounted by Loveland Technologies and Data Driven Detroit, marked the first time Detroit’s vacant and blighted properties were systematically recorded into an updatable database.

Coming Soon to Detroit’s Blight Fight: People’s Property Dashboard
Sarah Schmid, June 4th 2014,

Press Release

Detroit Future City to Host Inaugural Blight Bootcamp Saturday

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office’s inaugural Blight Bootcamp on Saturday, June 7 will bring together the leadership of Detroit’s many successful blight fighting initiatives to speak with attendees about ways to get involved in eliminating blight in their communities.

Blight Bootcamp is free to attend, and will take place at Wayne County Community College District, 101 W. Fort Street, in downtown Detroit from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The DFC Implementation Office has secured two keynote speakers: Detroit Blight Removal Taskforce Member Linda Smith and City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods Director Charlie Beckham will speak at from noon to 1 p.m. during lunch.


In the Media

Detroit Future City to host ‘Blight Bootcamp’

On the heels of the release of the most comprehensive data set ever on blight in the city of Detroit, Detroit Future City (DFC) is hosting its first ever “Blight Bootcamp.”

This Saturday at Wayne County Community College District’s Downtown Campus (1001 W. Fort St.), DFC is putting on a series of free workshops that will equip ordinary citizens with tools to address blight in their neighborhoods.

Detroit Future City to host ‘Blight Bootcamp’
June 3rd, 2014, Model D


June 2014 E-Newsletter: Eliminating Blight in Detroit’s Neighborhoods

Blight removal is one of the most important steps towards improving quality of life in Detroit and it touches on almost every recommendation in the DFC Strategic Framework. When well-managed, transforming blight can include the creation of functional open space to stabilize neighborhoods, improve city systems, and provide economic development opportunities.

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office is helping tackle blight by informing decision makers, executing research-driven pilot projects to determine best practices, and conducting extensive civic engagement.

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