Press Release

Gil Penalosa to Keynote Detroit Future City ‘s Workshops on “Strengthening City Neighborhoods” Thursday, June 25

June 16, 2015

Detroit Future City is participating in “Move Detroit” – an immersion week of workshops, discussions and activities – by hosting its third Ideas for Innovation event “Strengthening the City’s Neighborhoods”. The celebrated founder of 8 80 Cities, Gil Penalosa will kick-off the event with a presentation on moving ideas to action and then the attendees will be able to participate one of three workshops.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers Road, Detroit MI 48235

Bringing Back the People! Animating Your Public Space
Focus:Equip participants with tools to animate public spaces through low-cost, high impact community projects that boost community engagement
Workshop Leaders: Representatives from 8 80 Cities

How to Connect a Safe Route to School Neighborhood Walking Audit
Focus: Learn how to conduct Safe Routes to School Walking Audit to gather data on conditions around their local school as in important tool to improve student safety.
Workshop Leaders: Representatives from Michigan Fitness Foundation, Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, Detroit Public Schools and WSU Center for Urban Studies – Americorps Urban Safety Project

Resourcing Your Idea
Focus: Tools for thinking creatively about how to resource the planning or implementation of your idea.
Workshop Leaders: Representatives from Michigan Community Resources, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit Soup and Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

“Ideas for Innovation” was established to provide a platform for collaboration and discussion on Detroit’s future. Strengthening the City’s Neighborhoods is the third in a six part series  funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The  first two were attended by 500 people and centered on Ideas for Innovation and What Makes Great Cities.



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