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Published by Phil Green
Published 2017
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In the 2010s, several initiatives were taken by Detroit's citizens and new inhabitants to improve the cityscape by renovating and revitalising neighbourhoods. Such include the Motor City Blight Busters W and various urban gardening movements. W

Planning and development in Detroit includes efforts aimed at enhancing Detroit's economy and quality of life. In 1970, the private group "Detroit Renaissance" began to facilitate development in the city, while its successor, Business Leaders for Michigan, has continued to facilitate development into the 21st century. Projects have included new commercial facilities, revitalization of neighborhoods, hospitality infrastructure, and improvements to recreational and public facilities, such as the QLine. W

Detroit community action[edit | edit source]

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

Lower Eastside Action Plan, Detroit. Community-driven project designed to engage people in a process to transform vacant land and property into uses that improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and surrounding areas. LEAP on facebook

Pedal to Porch

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Slow Roll Detroit


Cycling in Detroit: Detroit is a popular city for cycling. It is flat with an extensive road network with a number recreational and competitive opportunities and is, according to David Byrne, one of the top eight biking cities in the world. The city has invested in greenways and bike lanes and other bicycle-friendly infrastructure. Bike rental is available from the riverfront and tours of the city's architecture can be booked.
The city has a strong cycling heritage, and first embraced cycling during the "golden age" of the 1890s.

Food activism[edit | edit source]

City Commons, cooperative of Detroit farms - Detroit Black Community Food Security Network - Detroit Dirt, compost company working to turn forgotten parcels of land in Detroit into urban farms that not only feed, but revitalize community - Detroit Food Policy Council - Earthworks Urban Farm

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Recycle Here!

Sharing[edit | edit source]

Maps: Detroit Solidarity Economy v2

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

Hantz Woodlands, managed by Hantz Farms

Resources[edit | edit source]

Apps for sustainability[edit source]

Detroit SeeClickFix, for reporting community issues to the city

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

DetroitData, Collaborate, compile, and share open data for effective community-based decision making in Detroit.

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Eco-friendly 'green' district launched in Detroit, Jun 7 [1]

Detroit Imagines a Citizen-Led Smart City, May 31 [2]

Public, not private, interests now rule riverfront plan, Mar 11 [3]

Re-imagining the Civic Commons: A 21st Century Vision for Detroit, Feb 15 [4]

Detroit's new LED streetlight network is illuminating the city while cutting its emissions, Jan 25 [5]


The Detroit Collective That Fuses Cycling and Storytelling, Dec 2 [6]

America's first sustainable urban agrihood is growing in Detroit, Dec 1 [7]

Detroit Vacant Lots Make Room for Green Stormwater Design, Jun 9 [8]


Banding Together to Build a Better CSA, November 10 [9]

Why bike commuting is taking off in the nation's car capital, October 27 [10]

Saying Goodbye to Grace Lee Boggs, October 6 [11]

Open-source Mapping Supports Social Justice Work in Detroit, September 16 [12]

How This Woman Is Helping Revitalize Detroit, One Garden At A Time, June 4 [13]

Can soup change the world? March 13 [14]


A brief introduction to Detroit's civic tech ecosystem, September 30 [15]

Detroit: Citizen-led growth, May 1 [16]


World's largest urban farm planned for the city of Detroit,[17] April 2


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