Event 3: Strengthening the City’s Neighborhoods

Ideas For Innovation

About The Event

June 25, 2015 @ 6:30–8:30pm
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers Road Detroit, MI 48235

DFC’s Ideas for Innovation third event “Strengthening the City’s Neighborhoods” is part of “Move Detroit”– an immersion week of workshops, discussions and activities with Gil Peñalosa, founder of 8 80 Cities, who seeks to create vibrant, inclusive and innovative public places.

Gil Peñalosa will kick off the event with a presentation on moving from ideas to action. After the presentation, attendees will then break into one of three sessions to discuss the following topics:

Bringing Back the People! Animating Your Public Space
This workshop will equip participants with tools to animate public spaces through low-cost, high-impact community projects that boost community engagement.

Workshop Leaders:
Emily Monroe and Ryan O’Connor of 880 Cities

How to Conduct a Safe Route to School Neighborhood Walking Audit
Participants in this workshop will learn how to conduct a Safe Routes to School Walking Audit to gather data on conditions around their local school as an important tool to improve student safety.

Workshop Leaders:
Katie Johnson
Adrianna Jordan
Meg Thomas Ackerman-Michigan Fitness Foundation;
Annie Ellington, Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative;
Monica Johnson, Detroit Public Schools;
Ramona Washington, WSU Center for Urban Studies- AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project

Resourcing Your Idea
This workshop provides tools for thinking creatively about how to resource the planning or implementation of your idea.

Workshop Leaders:
Shamyle Dobbs, Michigan Community Resources;
George Jacobson, Kresge Foundation;
Amy Kaherl, Detroit SOUP
Quincy Jones, Osborn Neighborhood Alliance

Event Publication

Strengthening The City’s Neighborhoods Publication [PDF]

Michigan Radio’s “The Next Idea” (media partner)

Click here to read the essay “We’re all pedestrians but our streets beg to differ” by Joshua Elling, Executive Director of Jefferson East Inc. in Detroit.
Click here to listen to the interview on “Stateside with Cynthia Canty” with Joshua Elling and Victoria Olivier, DFC Deputy Director for Neighborhoods

Event Video

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