In the Media

In the Media

Face Time: Ken Cockrel Jr. responds to Detroit Future City’s criticisms

December 24, 2014

We dropped by the Detroit Future City’s implementation office to chat with Ken Cockrel Jr., the executive director, about the think tank’s proposed 50-year framework of ideas and some of the criticism the group has faced. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Metro Times: What’s Detroit Future City’s relationship with the mayor […]

Street Beat: Detroit Future City, M-1 Rail, And The New District Detroit

December 19, 2014

Jill Washburn looks at the rebirth of Detroit through the eyes of various organizations who are forging the future. Watch the Segment 4 interview with Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. here. Street Beat: Detroit Future City, M-1 Rail, And The New District Detroit Jill Washburn, December 19, 2014, Street Beat CW 50   

The Detroit hustle: When love for the city goes beyond the 9-to-5

December 17, 2014

Allandra Bulger and Michael Forsyth know what it means to hustle. Both are part of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows, a two-year leadership program of Wayne State University that matches mid-career urban professionals with partner organizations in the city. Forsyth is a member of the inaugural cohort, which began in 2011. Bulger is in the second […]

Detroit’s blight-removal campaign ramps up

December 14, 2014

Softening an international reputation as the home of urban ruin porn, the campaign to rid Detroit of blighted eyesores is at last showing results, with the city demolishing about 200 vacant houses a week, four times the level of a year or so ago. The city believes it can sustain a rate of 200 demolitions […]

Detroit Future City Implementation Office Activates 52 Pilot Initiatives

December 9, 2014

After activating 52 pilot initiatives in 2014, the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office has solidified its position as the team local leaders call-on to help strategically coordinate actions and inform decisions for catalyzing the transformation of Detroit. “It’s been an extremely productive year that gives us plenty to build upon in 2015,” said Kenneth […]

I-375 project delayed, to be announced next year

December 5, 2014

Officials have decided to delay unveiling proposals for the redesign of downtown Detroit’s aging I-375 freeway until early next year. The Detroit Downtown Development Authority and the Michigan Department of Transportation were going to reveal options and seek public feedback on Monday, but canceled the meeting Friday. In a news release they said the delay […]

Detroit Strategic Framework

The DFC Strategic Framework, a shared vision for Detroit’s future, is the result of a massive, citywide public-engagement effort. It recommends a series of ideas, strategies and approaches on how to best use the city’s abundance of land, create job growth and economic prosperity, ensure vibrant neighborhoods, build an infrastructure that serves citizens at a reasonable cost, and maintain the high level of community engagement integral to the long-term revitalization of Detroit.
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The Field Guide to Working with Lots

The Field Guide to Working with Lots is a user-friendly tool to connect Detroit residents, businesses, and institutions to resources to learn, collaborate, and better practice land stewardship in Detroit. This step-by-step guide provides readers with instructions on how to transform vacant land in their neighborhoods into 38 landscape designs ranging from installation by beginning gardeners to professional contractors. View the interactive guide now.
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The State of Economic Equity

Detroit Future City’s (DFC) report, “The State of Economic Equity in Detroit,” illustrates the deep disparities that persist in Detroit and provides recommendations that provide a path to an economically equitable Detroit in which all Detroiters are meeting their unique needs, prospering, and fully and fairly participating in all aspects of economic life within a thriving city and region.
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