The Center for Equity, Engagement, and Research

With equity and engagement as two guiding principles, Detroit Future City (DFC) is positioned to provide relevant and accessible research centered around advancing the quality of life for all Detroiters. Recognizing an opportunity to grow in this important role, DFC incorporated a new division within the organization, the Center for Equity, Engagement, and Research. To equip Detroit stakeholders with data and research, DFC will engage and encourage cross-sector leaders to increase economic equity.

The Center continues to build upon DFC’s research portfolio of publications and special reports, which provides up-to-date information to residents and key stakeholders. The portfolio enhances DFC’s Community and Economic Development and Land Use and Sustainability programs and provides easy-to-understand data and metrics on key issues facing Detroit.




  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Hudson-Webber Foundation
  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.


  • Brookings Institute
  • Connect Detroit
  • Mass Economic
  • Strategic Growth Group
  • Van Dyke Horn


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Our Research

Publications & Reports

By conducting research and analysis, Detroit Future City (DFC) develops resources for interested parties to understand Detroit’s current conditions better. When DFC provides up-to-date information for key stakeholders, we help empower others to create the most positive impact possible.

Using the data presented in our publications and reports, DFC continually advocates for and informs residents of the Strategic Framework’s citywide land revitalization plan, using robust community engagement that allows all Detroiters an opportunity to share in the recovery of the city.

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Exploring Opportunities for Equitable Development in a Southwest Detroit Industrial District

Produced in collaboration with the Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) and the Detroit Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), “Exploring Opportunities for Equitable Development in a Southwest Detroit Industrial District” is DFC’s latest examination of strategies for the adaptive reuse of vacant industrial property in Detroit. Equitable development is defined as a range of approaches for creating healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities where residents of all incomes, races, and ethnicities have access to the opportunities, services, and amenities they need to thrive.

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