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Location Detroit, Michigan

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

Networks and sustainability intiatives[edit | edit source]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]

The Greening of Detroit 30th Anniversary Video
Authors: Ryan Hebert, Oct 21, 2019
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The Greening of Detroit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to inspire the sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, healthy living, education, training and job opportunities. The Greening serves communities in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck, Michigan.

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]

MoGo vs No Go
Authors: MoGo Detroit, Mar 24, 2021
  • Let's ride, Detroit, MoGo, Metro Detroit's non-profit bike-share organization
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Detroit is a popular city for cycling. It is flat with an extensive road network with a number of recreational and competitive opportunities and is, according to cycling advocate 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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

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

Recycle Here!

Sharing[edit | edit source]

Maps: Detroit Solidarity Economy v2

Sustainable transport[edit | edit source]

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The QLine (stylized as QLINE), originally known as M-1 Rail by its developers, is a 3.3-mile-long (5.3 km) streetcar system in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Opened on May 12, 2017, it connects Downtown Detroit with Midtown and New Center, running along Woodward Avenue (M-1) for its entire route. The system is operated by M-1 Rail, a nonprofit organization.

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

Resources[edit | edit source]

Apps for sustainability[edit | 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.

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References[edit | edit source]

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Keywords us cities, sharing cities, solidarity economy
Authors Phil Green
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 92 pages link here
Aliases Detroit
Impact 685 page views
Created February 20, 2017 by Phil Green
Modified June 8, 2023 by Felipe Schenone
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