February 1, 2019
Detroit Future City (DFC) has developed the Field Guide to Working with Lots that provides a print and web-based interactive tool to help Detroit residents and contractors identify useful options and specifications to transform vacant land into an asset.
The Field Guide was launched in 2015 by DFC with the support and input from community partners and stakeholders. It supports several imperatives in the DFC Strategic Framework by providing Detroiters with a tool to help create an innovative open space network, green infrastructure, economic development, and better quality of life in Detroit neighborhoods. The Field Guide was funded by the Erb Family Foundation.
The Working with Lots Grant Program aims to accelerate vacant land revitalization in Detroit using the Field Guide. The grant program encourages community groups, faith-based institutions, non-profits, and businesses to install one of 38 lot designs to address stormwater concerns, activate community spaces and create more attractive neighborhoods. The grant program awarded its first cohort of grantees in 2016 with installations taking place throughout the city of Detroit. Since then, DFC continues to invest in communities and vacant land transformation through the program. The Working with Lots Grant Program has been founded by the Erb Family Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.
Click here to learn about the 2019 Working with Lots Grant Program.