Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2019

E-Newsletter | October 1, 2019

Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2019 In the third quarter of 2019, DFC released a guide to managing stormwater projects, launched a new effort to green one Detroit neighborhood, and expanded its team to better serve Detroit – and much, much more. DFC Releases Guide to Bioretention A new publication gives Detroit commercial property owners, including […]

Quarterly Newsletter – Summer 2019

E-Newsletter | July 24, 2019

Quarterly Newsletter – Summer 2019 In the second quarter of 2019, DFC released new research on re-purposing vacant industrial property, won support for Working With Lots, built a larger team of land and water stewards in Detroit — and much, much more. DFC Releases New Research on Reusing Vacant Industrial Spaces Finding new uses for […]

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.

Detroit Future City to host Working with Lots “Best Practices” Workshop During Detroit Design 139’s Month of Design

September 9, 2019

Working with Lots program and four Detroit-based organizations to share secrets to vacant land transformation success DETROIT—Detroit Future City (DFC) will host a free learning workshop at the Alger Theater on September 10 at 6 p.m. as a part of Detroit Design 139’s (DD139) Month of Design. Titled “Working with Lots Designs,” the workshop will […]

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.

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Business Leaders of Michigan | One Detroit Full Episode

November 7, 2019

Christy McDonald, Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson dive into our “2019 Detroit Reinvestment Index” on the November 7, 2019 episode of One Detroit.   Click here to watch the segment on YouTube.

Detroit’s reputation is rising, but recovery still has a long way to go

November 3, 2019

John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press reports on our 2019 Detroit Investment Index which covers surprising findings, including higher “converge in … attitudes toward Detroit.”   Click here to read the full article.

National business leaders increasingly bullish on Detroit, survey says

November 3, 2019

Sherri Welch of Crain’s Detroit Business reports on our 2019 Detroit Reinvestment Index, which reveals national business leaders’ thoughts and perspectives on Detroit’s investment potential.   Click here to read the full article.

Working with Lots Implementation Tour 2019

October 17, 2019 @ 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

The grantees of 2019’s Working with Lots Program have been hard at work over the last six months transforming their vacant lots into beautiful landscapes. Join us for a tour of seven Field Guide Lot Designs throughout the city, and a conversation with the grantees.   We’ll enjoy food, drink, and conversation as we hear […]

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Placemaking & Incorporating Art

October 22, 2019 @ 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm

  Purpose:  This workshop will discuss the benefits of placemaking and how transforming vacant spaces can create a sense of place in a neighborhood and provide the community with a place to gather. Tips for raising funds, engaging the community in the placemaking planning process, event logistics, and place keeping will be covered. Through hands-on […]

Maintaining Rain Gardens Workshop at Detroit Cristo Rey High School

October 3, 2019 @ 03:15 pm - 04:30 pm

Learn how you can be a part of Detroit's sustainability movement and protect our waterways by planting a rain garden for FREE!

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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The Field Guide to Working with Lots

View the full, interactive Field Guide online now.
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Detroit Property Owner's Guide to Bioretention

Manage stormwater on a non-residential property.
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