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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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Detroit veteran works to help his neighborhood see itself differently

May 20, 2019

Model D visits past Working with Lots grantee Ron Matten during the 2019 Motor City Makeover. Click to read the full article.

25 Detroit Brand Stars Who Are Defining a New Era for the City

May 15, 2019

DFC's Excutive Director, Anika Goss, was featured as one of Adweek's 25 Detroit Brand Stars "who represent the talent and tireless passion that the business and nonprofit sectors bring to bear for the city each day."

A prescription for breaking down barriers to equitable growth

May 6, 2019

An opinion piece by Crain’s Business Detroit discusses equitable growth in Detroit and mentions DFC’s “Growing Detroit’s African-American Middle-Class” report.   Read the full article here.

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: 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.

Working with Lots Workshop Series: Maintaining Perennials and Trees

June 11, 2019 @ 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

This workshop will discuss the maintenance needs of gardens in their first two to three years, including water needs and weed identification, along with tips to suppress weeds, and techniques for weeding, pruning, mulching, and composting. The hands-on components will include weeding, pruning, and mulching. RSVP to secure your spot, class size is limited!

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