Strategic near-term efforts to stabilize and improve our city will demonstrate to all stakeholders that change is possible. Detroit Future City (DFC) has identified priorities to ensure that resources are strategically leveraged and deployed. To guide our actions over the next two years, five implementation priorities have been identified. While they will guide our actions, they are part of a larger, living organization of strategies and tactics, each driven to maximize the impact of investment and decision-making throughout the city. These priorities are intended to broadly arrest decline and stabilize the city, and they will remain part of a living document that can be adjusted and updated as implementation evolves.
The Economic Growth element proposes strategies to grow Detroit’s economy for all Detroiters by supporting economic sectors in Detroit that have already shown success in job creation including digital and creative jobs, industrial employment and entrepreneurship, and attracts new residents and businesses.
The Land Use element offers strategies that take into account current realities and future needs of Detroit’s land. The strategies follow the zones in the Strategic Framework that offer guidance on best uses of land with consideration of vacancy rates and land use according to three characteristics: neighborhood, industrial and landscape.
The City Systems element addresses reforms to the service delivery systems throughout the city including water, waste, energy, and lighting and transportation.
The Neighborhood element provides strategies to create a diverse range of neighborhood styles and choices that will appeal to a wide variety of people, while also strengthening all neighborhoods across the city. Quality-of-life issues are addressed with a set of citywide strategies that affect all Detroiters.
Land and Building Assets
The Land and Building Assets element calls for all of the different public agencies that hold land to align their missions around a single, shared vision. This collaborative effort will be built around the aspirations of the city outlined in its land use and environmental plans, economic growth strategies and neighborhood revitalization efforts providing a collective approach to land and buildings in the city whether publicly or privately owned.
Land and Building Assets
The foundation of all of the planning elements and the single most important factor in determining successful implementation of the Strategic Framework is Civic Engagement. DFC is committed to participatory implementation, in which the organization and its partners engage in multiple layers simultaneously from individuals and neighborhoods, to sector-based activity to systemic reforms.