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Presenting our 2019 Land + Water WORKS Ambassador Program!

E-Newsletter | Land + Water WORKS | April 16, 2019

The Land + Water WORKS Coalition is back for another year of exciting programming and we’re kicking it off with the launch of our 2019 Land + Water WORKS Ambassador Program.

Land Use & Sustainability Team Update – March 2019

E-Newsletter | March 12, 2019

Join DFC at the Volunteer Recruitment and Management Workshop! The Working with Lots Program is launching a workshop series! Throughout the next year we will be partnering with different Detroit organizations and businesses to offer nine workshops aimed at strengthening skills and capacity to successfully install Field Guide lot designs on your property and implement land-based placemaking techniques. […]

Detroit Future City Introduces Its Latest Report: “Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class”

E-Newsletter | February 19, 2019

Detroit Future City (DFC) is proud to introduce “Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class: The Opportunity for a Prosperous Detroit,” a comprehensive data report supporting attraction, retention and growth strategies to restore a demographic that once defined our city and many cities across America.

Detroit Future City Awards Fourth Year of Grants to Help Detroiters Revitalize Vacant Land and Hosts Working with Lots Convening

March 27, 2019

Detroit Future City awarded nine Detroit-based grassroots organizations with $97,000 in grants to support the implementation of lot designs from the Field Guide to Working with Lots. As a celebration and kick-off session to welcome grantees, DFC hosted a Working with Lots Convening on March 26, where this year’s cohort will get to know each other and begin planning their projects.

Detroit Future City Releases “Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class” Data Report

February 17, 2019

Detroit Future City (DFC) announced today the release of “Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle Class,” a comprehensive data report supporting attraction, retention and growth strategies to restore a demographic that once defined the city.  The report is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. As the city continues to experience a revitalization, “Growing Detroit's African-American Middle Class” provides a benchmark through which the African-American middle class can serve as a measure to track equitable growth. The report is a continuation of DFC’s commitment to providing accessible, data-driven strategies dedicated to moving the city forward, and stems from the 2017 release of its “139 Square Miles” report.

Detroit Future City Seeks to Help Detroiters Revitalize Vacant Land

January 16, 2019

Detroit Future City (DFC)’s Working with Lots Program is issuing another round of grants to transform vacant land into intentional, productive, and well-maintained landscapes. Now in its fourth year, the Working with Lots Program continues to look for Detroit-based partners who are passionate about improving the way their neighborhoods look and feel.

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Jacques: New investment to grow opportunity for Detroiters

June 26, 2019

In her latest article, Ingrid Jacques of the Detroit News talks the need to grow Detroit's neighborhoods and mentions Detroit Future City's "Growing Detroit's African-American Middle-Class."

Industrial Reports – July 2019

June 25, 2019

Industrial Districts: Rethinking Strategies for Adaptive Reuse Detroit has nearly 900 vacant industrial buildings and sites scattered throughout its extensive network of industrial districts. Innovative strategies will be needed to put these properties back into productive use in ways that promote equitable redevelopment in Detroit’s neighborhoods. In this report, Detroit Future City examines a range […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Experts Talk Cost of Living in Detroit

June 24, 2019

Stephen Henderson of WDET talks with Detroit Future City executive director, Anika Goss, about the current realities of living, raising families and opening businesses in the city of Detroit.

Join Us for a Green Bike Tour!

May 19, 2019 @ 01:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Join DFC for a 12-mile green water infrastructure bike tour of Detroit, organized by Sierra Club and Wayne State University.On this moderately-paced bike tour, you will stop to see rain gardens, green roofs, permeable pavers, rain barrels and other examples of green solutions in the City of Detroit.

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Building Benches

July 16, 2019 @ 05:30 pm - 08:30 pm

This workshop will guide participants through the process of constructing a simple wood bench. The hands-on component will include guiding attendees through the different aspects of the construction process, including marking and sawing lumber, drilling holes, assembling a bench, etc. Participants will have the option to choose between using hand tools or power tools. Participants will work together to assemble a bench during the workshop, and each participant will leave with all the materials for one bench, cut to size, and the know-how to assemble at home. RSVP to secure your spot. Class size is limited!

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Planting Techniques

April 25, 2019 @ 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

This workshop will teach participants the proper techniques for planting the common sizes of different perennials and trees. We will cover how to plant a seed, bulb, plug, quart and gallon pots, bare root trees, and balled + burlap trees. Proper watering methods will also be discussed. The hands-on component will involve planting exercises in an "I-do, we-do, you-do" format.

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