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In the Media

The Detroit Future City Community Innovation Fund

March 28, 2016

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office is partnering with Impact Detroit and the Kresge Foundation to announce a new project funding opportunity. This process will award grants of up to $15,000 each to approximately four to ten Detroit based organizations to realize planning and/or implementation projects for the summer of 2016. Grant funding will […]

DFC Presents: Lots of Stories, Featuring Ms. Dorothy Baker

March 23, 2016

This spring, Dorothy Baker, a resident of Detroit’s east side since 1966, will implement DFC’s Four Seasons lot design to accommodate stormwater runoff and allow water to infiltrate back into the soil in the Osborne community. Click here to read DFC’s Lots of Stories blog, featuring Ms. Dorothy Baker.

DFC Presents: Lots of Stories, Featuring Jeffrey Jones with Bounce Back Detroit

March 23, 2016

This spring, Bounce Back Detroit, a nonprofit organization that promotes healthy active lifestyles through unique and engaging activities, will combine DFC’s 8 Mile Rain Garden and the Urban Edge lot designs to help manage stormwater, and keep it from running into Detroit’s overloaded storm sewer system. Click here to read DFC’s Lots of Stories blog, featuring Jeffrey […]

Kresge Foundation awards $1.5 million in grants for Detroit projects

March 17, 2016

The Kresge Foundation is awarding $1.5 million in grants to projects or planning efforts aimed at improving and revitalizing Detroit neighborhoods. The Troy-based foundation said Wednesday that the grants are going to 21 nonprofits. They will fund projects that include repurposing abandoned buildings and vacant lots, rehabilitating parks and teaching high school students about entrepreneurship. […]

Kresge Foundation Commits $2.2 Million For Detroit Revitalization, Neighborhoods

March 16, 2016

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Kresge Foundation has approved over $2 million in grants for revitalization efforts throughout Detroit. Kresge President and CEO Rip Rapson made the announcement Friday, saying 10 grants will fund projects like fighting blight across the city’s neighborhoods. “Now is the time to advance the recovery of neighborhoods across the city,” Rapson […]

Kresge grants to transform vacant lots, buildings

March 15, 2016

The Kresge Foundation today announced grants totaling $1.5 million to 21 civic groups to undertake revitalization projects in Detroit neighborhoods. The grants will be used to renovate vacant buildings, convert vacant lots to gardens, introduce high school students to the concepts and practices of entrepreneurship and much more. The grants are the second round of […]

Seed Saturday Detroit

March 9, 2016

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office will participate in the first annual Seed Saturday Detroit –a community seed exchange for gardeners, birders, beekeepers, urban farmers, and individuals who want to build, maintain and enjoy a healthy natural environment in southeast Michigan. This seed exchange and seminar will discuss native plants, butterflies, beekeeping, mulching, perennial […]

Green infrastructure techniques are for properties big and small

March 8, 2016

A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency – Tools, Strategies and Lessons Learned from EPA Green Infrastructure Technical Assistance Projects – highlights practical solutions for planners, engineers, and citizens to design their communities in ways that improve water quality and conserve water, strengthen the local economy, and enhance community and infrastructure resiliency. Green infrastructure […]

Designing the equitable city: A conversation about the value of local and global exchange

March 1, 2016

How can design help us build more equitable cities? This conversation between Nina Bianchi, a partner in in the Detroit-based design firm The Work Department, and Graig Donnelly, director of the Detroit Revitalization Fellows program at Wayne State University, highlights the value of local and global exchange, particularly between Detroit and Medellín, Colombia, where Bianchi […]

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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