The Detroit Future City (DFC) Field Guide to Working with Lots is a tool to better connect Detroit residents, businesses, and institutions to resources and to each other in order to learn, collaborate, and better practice land stewardship in Detroit.

This tool grew from a process that blends ideas from over 50 Detroit-based organizations with different voices and perspectives. You will see that the Field Guide draws inspiration from many projects that have been done in Detroit, from the region, and a few from beyond, too.

People and land are two of Detroit’s most precious resources. The Field Guide will help connect you with information, inspiration, and others working towards a future of local resiliency. This is a future where residents and institutions are actively involved with the stewardship of Detroit’s land. It is the DFC Implementation Office’s intention to continue refining and building the resources in the Field Guide with your participation and feedback, to ensure it continues to be of value to you and our city.


Thank you to all who have participated in the development of DFC’s Field Guide to Working with Lots. Your dedication, insight, bravery and commitment have contributed tremendously to the creation of the Field Guide and to helping enhance the quality of life and access to resources for Detroiters.

The Field Guide is made possible with support from the Erb Family Foundation.

Detroit Future City is supported by the Kresge Foundation, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Americana Foundation, among others.

Design Direction

Detroit Future City

Design Team

  • Van Dyke Horn Public Relations
  • Gyro Creative Group
  • Hamilton Anderson Associates
  • The Work Department

Production of Website

Gyro Creative Group

Media Genesis

Production of Printed Book

Inland Press


Andrew Potter, unless otherwise credited