In the Media

In the Media

DFC Sponsors Neighborhoods Rising Summit To Offer Ideas, Tools, Actions To Transform Detroit

October 28, 2016

Every Detroit neighborhood must be livable, lovable and vibrant for our city to truly transform. Its future depends on it. Our neighborhoods are looking for ways to: Fight blight and crime Set up strong block clubs Find volunteers Help youth find the right path Find funding Groom future leaders Train for jobs The 7th annual […]

Turning Detroit’s Abandoned Homes Into Greenhouses Using the DFC Strategic Framework

October 24, 2016

When Steven Mankouche first saw the house at 3347 Burnside Street in Detroit, in 2013, it was buckling and scarred with burn marks. An artist named Andy Malone, who lived nearby, had just purchased the lot for $500 and was hoping to find some way to bring it back to life. Mankouche, an architect, and […]

Where Small Businesses Are Powering Inner-City Neighborhoods

October 20, 2016

It’s no secret that small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy, typically making up 64 percent of net new private sector jobs in a given year. It turns out, that’s even more true when it comes to the economies of inner cities, according to a new report from the Institute for a Competitive Inner […]

Kresge Foundation Seeks Detroit Nonprofits to Fund $2M in Neighborhood Projects

October 14, 2016

As part of the third round of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, a three-year, $5 million pilot initiative, the Kresge Foundation is planning to provide $2 million in grants to 15 to 20 community-based nonprofit groups across the city that will work on neighborhood transformation projects. The first two rounds of the initiative distributed $3 million […]

Have An Idea To Transform Detroit Neighborhoods? Kresge Foundation Giving $2 Million In Grants

October 14, 2016

Have an idea on how to make a neighborhood better? The Kresge Foundation is seeking 15-20 community-based nonprofit groups across Detroit to share $2 million for projects to transform neighborhoods. The funds are for the third round of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, a $5 million pilot initiative launched in 2014. Unlike earlier rounds, this one […]

How Detroit’s turnaround began long before bankruptcy

October 14, 2016

So many new developments are popping up around the greater downtown Detroitthat historians may one day try to pinpoint the exact moment when Detroit began its turnaround. Many no doubt will point to the city’s 2013-2014 trip through municipal bankruptcy.. But choosing the bankruptcy as the turnaround point underestimates groundwork laid earlier, in some cases many years […]

DIY spirit brings businesses to vacant Detroit land

October 14, 2016

Detroit resident Ron Shelton knows it’s a gamble to sink his scant finances that include earnings from carpentry work into a small apple orchard and cider mill in a neighborhood with vacant land and aging homes. “A profit would be nice. I’d have to see where that goes,” Shelton, 51, said after hauling a rusting […]

Using the DFC Strategic Framework to Rethink Vacant Land Transformation

October 14, 2016

On Friday, March 6, 2015, the city of New Orleans posted more than 1,700 properties online and began auctioning them off. Most were vacant lots. The city was hoping to attract investors who could put these properties back into circulation, so to speak, in part to raise tax revenue and also to continue chipping away […]

Do-it-yourself spirit brings business to vacant Detroit land

October 4, 2016

Detroit resident Ron Shelton knows it’s a gamble to sink his scant finances that include earnings from carpentry work into a small apple orchard and cider mill in a neighborhood with vacant land and aging homes. “A profit would be nice. I’d have to see where that goes,” Shelton, 51, said after hauling a rusting […]

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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