In the Media

In the Media

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 […]

Detroit Knight finalists think outside the box

January 18, 2015

Erin Kelly is looking for a few good men — and women — as long as they cut hair or cut grass. She’s working on a plan for them to work on the same clients: vacant lots in Detroit. The thirtysomething landscape architect, who works for Detroit Future City, submitted a proposal that is among […]

Here Are the Knight Cities Challenge Finalists

January 12, 2015

Launch a floating, sustainable farm in Miami’s waters. Invite artists to treat Charlotte bike lanes like blank canvases. Watch fixed benches evolve in public spaces in Columbus, Ga. Offer a new urban babysitting service that aims to get people out in downtown Akron. Pair barbers with landscape contractors to transform overgrown vacant lots in Detroit. […]

Why the Motor City’s 50-Year Plan Should Be a Blueprint for Other Urban Areas

January 9, 2015

Detroit is riddled with problems. As the struggling city climbs out of bankruptcy and rethinks a revitalization plan, community leaders and nonprofits are banding together under a 50-year plan to transform the Motor City into the thriving urban area it once was. Detroit Future City (DFC), which found its inception in city hall, has grown […]

Detroit, a living example of positive business

January 8, 2015

Lately in my conversations with journalists, there have been two questions I am asked. They first comment about our mission at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, which is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. They are interested in our focus on positive business and ask if there […]

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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