The DFC Implementation Office is committed to participatory implementation of the Strategic Framework. The following resources serve as tools to connect, inform and empower Detroiters and others in implementing the DFC Strategic Framework’s shared vision.

DFC Strategic Framework

The DFC Strategic Framework articulates a shared vision for Detroit’s future, and recommends specific actions for reaching that future. The vision resulted from a 24-month-long public process that drew upon interactions among Detroit residents and civic leaders from both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, which together formed a broad-based group of community experts. From the results of this citywide public engagement effort, in turn, a team of technical experts crafted and refined the vision, rendered specific strategies for reaching it, shared their work publicly at key points, and shaped it in response to changing information and community feedback throughout the process.

Download DFC Strategic Framework

139 Square Miles

Detroit Future City’s (DFC) 139 Square Miles report is the first comprehensive, citywide, data-driven report that our organization has produced for Detroit since 2012, when we released the DFC Strategic Framework, the 50-year shared vision for the city’s future.  This report focuses on four key areas: population, people, economy and place. This report shows that for the first time in 60 years, Detroit is moving toward population growth, with the economy on the rise and neighborhoods beginning to stabilize.

The 139 Square Miles report uses the most recent available data without analysis or critique. In developing 139 Square Miles, it was DFC’s aim to present Detroiters with objective facts in a manner that is understandable and accessible.  This report is for Detroiters, and it is our hope that 139 Square Miles is shared, used and referenced globally, so that all who are dedicated to Detroit’s stabilization and revitalization can work from an authoritative set of data.

The hyperlinks below provide access to the report’s key areas:

  • Click here to read the full report.
  • Click here to read about Detroit’s population trend.
  • Click here to read about Detroit’s people.
  • Click here to read about Detroit’s economy.
  • Click here to read about Detroit’s place.

DFC The Buzz

The DFC Implementation Office’s The Buzz initiative is a collaborative opportunity for Detroit-based barbers and mowers—whether professional landscapers, block clubs who know how to mow, or grounds crews from across the city— to work together through a series of activities to create barber-inspired mowing patterns for vacant lots in Detroit. The Buzz will lift up existing, neighborhood-based entrepreneurs who are interested in showcasing how a multitude of voices, professions and skills can viably contribute solutions to Detroit’s land management strategies through a dialogue about the potential of vacant land in Detroit.

Mowers and barbers will come together for a meet and greet informational session to facilitate a dialogue about style trends and land management in June.  The Buzz will host a workshop that pairs off mowers and barbers for a work day where participants will design, test and cut creative mowing patterns in July. Later the same day, there will be a community celebration to showcase the newly developed mowing patterns and to continue the dialogue regarding land stewardship in the community.

Click here to learn more about The Buzz initiative.


DFC Open Space Report

The DFC Implementation Office’s Open Space Report, “Achieving an Integrated Open Space Network in Detroit”, lays the groundwork for creating a new green and sustainable city that will improve the quality of life for all Detroiters. Open space is defined as structure-free land that is intentionally used. Building from the recommendations in the DFC Strategic Framework, the DFC Implementation Office worked with key stakeholders to create the Open Space Report, a comprehensive report that takes the essentials of the DFC Strategic Framework around open space, and outlines a set of considerations advancing the vision of transforming vacant land into an integrated open space network.

The DFC Implementation Office’s Open Space Report lays out existing conditions, stakeholder feedback, and key planning considerations for each potential type of open space, recommendations for land ownership models, considerations for funding the open space network, and key policy, regulatory and legal considerations. The DFC Implementation Office developed this initiative to advocate for and inform a city-wide open space plan with robust community engagement that allows all Detroiters an opportunity to share in the recovery of the city.

Click here to read the Open Space Report.

CCP Report: Open Space in Detroit

In an effort to continue to advance the transformation of Detroit’s vacant land into an open space amenity, the DFC Implementation Office applied for and received a technical assistance scholarship from the Center for Community Progress (CCP) to research ownership models and funding options for long-term open space in Detroit.  DFC worked with the CCP team, which consisted of CCP staff and consultants, to frame and inform the work, building off the recommendations in the DFC Strategic Framework, and to connect the team to key stakeholders working on open space in Detroit.  The report addresses two key questions:

  • What are the range of ownership models that could be considered for open space, depending on type of use, permanence of use, scale, and location?
  • What are the funding needs for the types of open space uses examined in this report and what existing or creative funding tools may be available to address those needs?

Check here to see a full report.

Ideas for Innovation

The DFC Implementation Office’s Ideas for Innovation is a six-part series to accelerate thinking around the organization’s five strategic planning elements and advance collaboration around publications that outlines actionable recommendations identified during the events. Each event results in a publication that highlights key takeaways and next steps in implementation of ideas and recommendations suggested during the event.

Event 1: The Making of a Great City, April 14 @ 6:00–8:00pm
Event 2: Opportunities for Innovation, June 2 @ 6:00–8:00pm
Event 3: Strengthening the City’s Neighborhoods, June 25 @ 6:30–8:30pm
Event 4: A Case for Open Space, July 30 @ 6:00-8:00pm
Event 5: Equitable Growth, September 29 @ 6:00–8:00pm
Event 6: The Making of a Shared Regional Vision, October 27 @ 6:00-8:30pm

Learn more about Ideas for Innovation

A Field Guide

The DFC Implementation Office has developed the Field Guide to Working with Lots that provides a print and web-based interactive tool to help Detroit residents and contractors identify useful options and specifications to transform vacant land into an asset.

Learn more about the Field Guide

2014 Yearend Report

In 2014, the DFC Implementation Office opened a brick-and-mortar hub to engage Detroiters interested in contributing to Detroit’s transformation and cultivating innovative action. Also, DFC has become a recognized center for thoughtful exchange about creative, impactful, and innovative ways to fulfill the DFC Strategic Framework. The following report summarizes DFC’s initiatives and the priorities they fulfilled over the course of last year.

Download the 2014 Yearend Report

DFC Resource Guide

The DFC Implementation Office is dedicated to empowering Detroiters by connecting them to resources. The DFC Resource List can serve as a starting point for organizing, planning, referrals or partnering for projects and other opportunities. We hope you find it helpful and if there are additional resources we can share, please send us the information at

Download the Resource List