DFC’s 2016 Knight Cities Challenge Finalists

January 12, 2016

The Detroit Future City Implementation Office is excited to have two of our community transforming ideas selected by the Knight Foundation as finalists in the Knight Cities Challenge. The Knight Cities Challenge seeks new ideas from innovators and will award grants –from a pool of $5 million– at the city, neighborhood and block level to those who will take hold of the future of their cities.

The Green Turn-Up Effect trains youth on environmental sustainability and landscape architecture to educate them on transforming vacant lots, creating profitable business models through this work, and  implementing what they learn; youth will partner with community members to develop their  ideas.

Side X Sidelots transforms vacant land in the city with the help of Detroit Future City’s “Field Guide to Working with Lots”; the project will recruit ambassadors to work with neighborhoods on using the step-by-step guide to transform vacant or underused lots.

We would like to thank the Knight Foundation for selecting Side X Sidelots and the Green Turn-Up Effect as finalists!

Click here for more information about the Knight Cities Challenge.