Detroit Future City provides a variety of tools and resources for Detroiters interested in land stewardship, economic equity and advocacy. These include user-friendly guides, case studies and best practice examples. See below for our current tools and resources.
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.
A Detroit’s Property Owner’s Guide to Bioretention is helpful for small business owners, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations in Detroit who are looking to retrofit or add a Green Stormwater Infrastructure practice to their existing property. This guide will provide details on planning for and implementing a bioretention basin on your non-residential property to manage stormwater better.
Community Voice: A Blueprint for Incorporating Lived Experience into The Grantmaking Process
Community Voices is intended for philanthropic organizations and provides readers with a basic framework and toolkit to guide organizations on ways to integrate lived experience into every level of decision making. This report is designed to advance how grantmaking is done to better meet the needs of the communities that funders seek to serve.
The Detroit Housing Resource Library is a collection of research and toolkits in a central database that streamlines housing-related resources in the Detroit region pertaining to home repair, housing policy, evictions and more. Created via Airtable, it compiles resources under specific categories, descriptions, associated organizations, attachments, and links. This functions primarily as a repository for housing practitioners to help inform their work.