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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.

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 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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Letter to the Editor: Nuanced strategy needed for Detroit’s open space

September 29, 2019

The DFC team responds to a Crain’s Detroit Business article asking “What is the city [of Detroit]’s strategy for returning vast acreage of vacant land to productive use?” Click here to read the full article.

Detroit workshop to focus on green stormwater infrastructure

September 22, 2019

The Associated Press reports our upcoming Bioretention Guide workshop on Friday, September 27. During the workshop, green stormwater infrastructure and management will be addressed to Detroit business owners, nonprofit groups and faith-based organizations with non-residential property. Click here to read the full article.

Three Design and art events worth checking out in Detroit this week

September 9, 2019

ClickonDetroit reports on Detroit Future City’s involvement in Detroit Design 139’s 2019 Month of Design event. DFC partnered with Detroit Design 139’s month of design to celebrate how the Working with Lots Program is building the capacity for groups to spark community-led transformation projects using design and perennials.   Click here to read the full […]

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

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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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