Press Releases

Press Releases

Detroit Future City, U-M’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study and New Economy Initiative team up to produce report on Detroiters’ Perceptions of Entrepreneurship and Economic Opportunity

June 22, 2020

A new report entitled “Entrepreneurship and Economic Opportunity in Detroit – Perceptions and Possibilities” was released today by Detroit Future City’s (DFC) Center for Equity, Engagement and Research, the University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study (DMACS), and the New Economy Initiative (NEI). The report surveyed 733 Detroiters in 2019 to better understand perceptions […]

DFC Appoints Director to Run its Center for Equity, Engagement and Research

June 15, 2020

DETROIT – Detroit Future City (DFC) has named Ashley Williams Clark as the director of its recently formed Center for Equity, Engagement and Research (The Center). Clark’s appointment to this position marks an important step in the Center’s year-long planning effort that launched in January. At the onset of Clark’s role as director, she will […]

Detroit Future City Seeking Applicants for Vacant Land Revitalization Grants

February 18, 2020

DETROIT – Detroit Future City (DFC) is offering grants to transform vacant land in Detroit into intentional and well-maintained landscapes as part of its fifth annual Working with Lots Program.   This year, Detroit-based grantees will receive between $7,000 and $10,000 to implement a selection of lot designs from the Field Guide to Working with […]

DFC Opens Center to Advance Economic Equity in Detroit, Region

January 22, 2020

Detroit Future City Opens Center to Advance Economic Equity in Detroit, Region “Center for Equity, Engagement, and Research” Launches with Announcement Event   DETROIT – Detroit Future City (DFC) is announcing the opening of a new department within the organization, the Center for Equity, Engagement, and Research, which builds upon DFC’s significant portfolio of research […]

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 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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