More than 200 community events have been organized by block clubs, churches, businesses and other groups for the 8th annual Arise Detroit! Neighborhoods Day Aug. 2.
Thousands of volunteers are participating to celebrate the work of community groups. Activities will include festivals, educational events, community cleanups and planting.
Neighborhoods Day promotes ‘common vision’ for Detroit residents, volunteer
Darren A. Nichols, July 22th 2014, The Detroit News
Detroit Future City would like to commend Crain’s June 30 article on the work and priorities of new Detroit CIO Beth Niblock (“New CIO Beth Niblock starts from scratch to overhaul Detroit’s ‘fundamentally broken’ IT system”). Detroit is lucky to have a person of her caliber and vision working diligently to improve technology infrastructure and open data in City Hall.
Letter: Detroit fortunate to have Niblock
Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., July 13th 2014, Crain’s Detroit Business
In downtown Detroit, at the headquarters of the online-mortgage company Quicken Loans, there stands another downtown Detroit in miniature. The diorama, made of laser-cut acrylic and stretching out over 19 feet in length, is a riot of color and light: Every structure belonging to Quicken’s billionaire owner, Dan Gilbert, is topped in orange and illuminated from within, and Gilbert currently owns 60 of them, a lordly nine million square feet of real estate in all. He began picking up skyscrapers just three and a half years ago, one after another, paying as little as $8 a square foot. He bought five buildings surrounding Capitol Park, the seat of government when Michigan became a state in 1837. He snapped up the site of the old Hudson’s department store, where 12,000 employees catered to 100,000 customers daily in the 1950s. Many of Gilbert’s purchases are 20th-century architectural treasures, built when Detroit served as a hub of world industry. He bought a Daniel Burnham, a few Albert Kahns, a Minoru Yamasaki masterwork with a soaring glass atrium.
The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit
Ben Austen, July 11th 2014, New York Times Magazine
Civic engagement, the open and ongoing two-way dialogue among all stakeholders, is critical to Detroit Future City’s mission – to advance the transformation of Detroit.
During the Detroit Future City planning process, Detroiters jointly shaped the development of the DFC Strategic Framework through the involvement of a broad range of participants. Civic engagement has played a significant role in the formation of the DFC Implementation Office’s priorities, projects and initiatives to stabilize and ultimately transform the city of Detroit. As the DFC Implementation Office works to bring the framework to life, participatory implementation is about catalyzing the actions of a broad range of stakeholders across sectors and geographies to work collectively to improve the quality of life for all Detroiters.
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