Feedback: Detroit Future City sets the record straight

January 28, 2015

The team at Detroit Future City wanted to set the record straight regarding several statements made about the think tank in our Jan. 7 cover story about efforts to rebrand a Southwest Detroit neighborhood as “Springwells Village.” The following comes in from DFC executive director Kenneth Cockrel Jr.:

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Strategic Framework does not recommend “moving people from less-populated areas into denser ones” as was stated in a recent article published by Metro Times. Nor does DFC recommend creating “enclaves” that receive investment while the others around it do not, which the article also stated.

DFC recognizes the challenges people face in all areas of the city. Our organization has identified opportunities for strategic reinvestment that can improve quality of life, reduce overall costs for services, improve service delivery and fulfill long-term opportunities for land reutilization to generate energy, food, advanced systems, and jobs.

The DFC Implementation Office is working daily with many stakeholders, including residents and community partners — from all areas of Southwest Detroit and across the city’s 139 square miles — to activate these opportunities, and offer information and resources to all Detroiters.

Feedback: Detroit Future City sets the record straight
 January 28, 2015, Metro Times