The real problem is accepting inequity as the norm.
The real problem behind gentrification is accepting inequity as the norm - but community planning is the antidote. Engaging the communities in decision making, empowering them to shape the future of their neighborhoods, and giving them directive of how investments are made can bring more equity into development.
The West Park Farmers Market stalls — whose installation at a newly closed Kercheval near Wayburn inspired heated debate among residents and nonresidents alike — are getting a new home.
At least in part due to pressure from Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park community members, and in light of the growing national conversation around racism in America, the Grosse Point Park City Council has reached an agreement with the City of Detroit to reopen Kercheval and reconnecting Detroit and Grosse Point.
A report on how to make Detroit a more innovative city. Includes a deep dive into latest thinking on innovation in general, defines the three principles of an innovative city, and provides cross-sectoral recommendations for creating an innovation eco-system in Detroit.
An insightful look at innovation and tangible recommendations for how to innovate #Detroit, from a great group of thought leaders, including Urban Social Assembly ED, Chad Rochkind.
But many of the insights can be applied to other cities, regardless of what growth and economic state they're in!
Artist Craig Wilkins has conceived of converting old doors, salvaged and donated from the cityâ��s homes, into works of art.
Craig Wilkins of Door Stops aims to take on more than blight with his creative bus stop designs! Using doors from abandoned homes across Detroit, the innovative bus stop design will provide a place for patrons to rest as they wait, shelter from poor weather conditions, a mobile solution for a changing public transit system, a visual cue to the bus stop location, a forum for local artists, and hopefully, a changing public perception of public transportation!
Kenny Dixon Jr.—aka Moodymann—represents the second wave of homegrown Detroit electronic music masters. His new self-titled album throws in plenty of gospel, blues, house music, and roller-rink funk on top of his singular sound.
The $1.5 million Motor City Mapping survey is designed to help city residents do just that
The Motor City Mapping survey aims to paint a comprehensive picture of the extent of blight in Detroit, to better inform city redevelopment efforts. But some are concerned that the rush to turn results into action may be detrimental for city in long-term.
Writeahouse is a Detroit-based charity that trains people in carpentry and related trades by having them renovate houses, then gives the houses to writers (novelists, journalists, poets), encouraging them to relocate to Detroit.
Write-A-House strives to not only teach youth valuable carpentry skills they can put to great use across the city, but also to establish Detroit as a literary hub!
Goldman Sachs will commit $20 million to provide small business owners with business and management education, capital, and business support services. Key partners include local nonprofit organizations, education institutions, and development funds.
We spoke with Todd P about why Mexico needs a popular, affordable, culturally significant music festival, his involvement with 285 Kent, and what it means to run a DIY venue in 2013.
One of the best articles I've read on making music accessible, providing an opportunity for up-and-coming musicians to be heard and seen, and the changing landscape of the music scene overall...all from a major force in the Brooklyn music scene, Todd P!
How do you choose 126 good ideas for cities from the more than 7,000 proposals submitted to the first Knight ...
From over 7,000 proposals on how to improve their communities, the Knight Foundation has selected 126 finalists from 26 cities. Grant recipients of the $5 million that Knight has allocated to this initiative will be announced April 1, 2015.
The issues that finalists proposals aim to address include:
- Bring public life back to public spaces (24%)
- Supporting a changing urban economy (20%)
- Promoting a robust civic life (17%)
- Building connections between diverse communities (11%)
- Changing the stories communities tell about themselves (11%)
- Reimagining civic assets, such as libraries, parks, trails and school grounds (10%)
The Ford Foundation announces a new round of grants for civic engagement in Detroit, while Hantz Farms noted for fulfilling its agreement with the city.
$1.3 million will be distributed to 7 organizations across the city of Detroit to promote civic engagement and address issues of inequality, school reform, civic leadership and representation, and neighborhood redevelopment.
Part of the drivers of poor civic engagement and representation, however, is that only certain neighborhood and communities are engaged. I'm curious to see how much of the entire city of Detroit this money will reach or whether the funding will be concentrated in certain communities.
While the city, state, foundations, and creditors negotiate the contours of the Detroit plan to escape municipal bankruptcy, it is important to remember the work that is going on to return Detroit’s neighborhoods to a semblance of livability. Making that happen are the nonprofit organizations that scrape together financial and human resources to get things done.
WIth the need for social services, community redevelopment, and economic growth in Detroit at a high point, many nonprofis are stepping in to fill the gaps the government has left behind. NPQ highlights four organizations with innovative and effective programs, stressing the need for foundation and state and federal public agency funders to continue to support and reinvest in Detroit’s nonprofits.
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I'm a Master of Public Administration candidate at the School of International and Public Affairs, graduating in May 2014. Post-graduation, I plan to move to Detroit and pursue a career in the social sector, facilitating greater coordination between nonprofits, foundations, and the public/private sectors, in order to improve effectiveness and scale impact. In applying to be a Challenge Detroit 2014 Fellow, I hope to gain a stronghold in the city, better understanding the players and needs of the community.
Detroit may not the richest U.S. city, but it's a place where millennials can build wealth
The main thing to remember about Detroit is that "the starting point is not zero: Detroit is so large that it has more good to revitalize than other big cities could ever hope to have."
That being said, revitalizing a city with such deep roots and long history into one that will thrive in the 21st century city and beyond may require a new approach, not just for the private sector, but for nonprofits and the government alike.
In Motor City real estate market, Chinese companies see potential where others see plight
Despite many seeing China as a place for growth and economic development, the Chinese are looking stateside ... to Detroit.
They're "very used to the concept of building form the ground up. So coming into a city where there is opportunity, they don’t look around and say, 'Oh, I see all these vacant fields or houses that are run down.' What they see are opporutnities."
The plan for obtaining 50,000 EB-2 visas over 5 years would require an easing of federal immigration rules
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is looking to push the envelope in immigration regulations by requesting 50,000 visas to attract educated immigrants to Detroit.
The immediate effect, if enacted, may be economic growth, but it should be complemented with a longer-term plan to increase the skill and education level of the local population - if he really wants the city to thrive.
Rob Collier, president of the Council of Michigan Foundations Government cuts at all levels and the ensuing increase in demand for social safety-net services are expected to continue to bedevil nonprofits in the coming year.
With further federal funding cuts and potential cost increases locally, Detroit nonprofits will have to find new ways to stretch their dollars. But this also serves as an opportunity for the sector to collaborate to improve coordination, reduce duplication, and improve efficiency to ultimately serve the community better!
Catherine Hoke saw the opportunity to defy the odds. After a successful career in venture capital, helping entrepreneurs launch companies, she created a program to do the same for ex-cons: Defy Ventures.
From convict to entrepreneur, Defy Ventures is giving ex-cons a chance at a new life. And it's working wonders:
"Since the program began, it has served 75 ex-cons, launched 44 businesses, achieved an 87% employment rate and created a 94% increase in annual income. Even more impressive, Defy Ventures’ participants have had a zero percent rate of recidivism: Not a single person has gone back to jail."
Music lovers and makers across the globe celebrating Cassette Store Day on Saturday in celebration of 50 years of the recording relic.
Mashable just reported that vinyl sales have increased 17.7% since 2011 (http://mashable.com/2013/09/15/vinyl-sales-music/) but the real kicker is the increasing resugence of cassette tapes. Labels like Stones Throw are taking it back as far as they can and putting out limited releases on cassettes, siting a different sound quality .... and a bit of nostalgia as their drivers!
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