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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 […]

DFC Strategic Framework

The Blueprint for Detroit's Future
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Growing Detroit's African-American Middle Class

A deep dive look into the growth, attraction & retention of the middle-class households.
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Detroit Property Owner's Guide to Bioretention

Manage stormwater on a non-residential property.
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The Field Guide to Working with Lots

View the full, interactive Field Guide online now.
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