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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

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

The Greening of Detroit is an urban forestry program and non-profit partner in The Detroit Partnership; it was founded in 1989. In addition to planting trees in the Detroit area, the organization engages in urban forestry education, job training, and other community programs. In 2011, Greening planted 12,156 trees in Detroit, and as of November 2017 has planted over 100,000 trees in the city since the organization's inception. The organization is involved in urban farming, working to maintain and improve urban farms in Detroit. Greening is also working to improve air quality. Its annual operating budget is approximately $3.8 million. Lionel Bradford is the president of The Greening of Detroit.

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

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]

The QLine (stylized as QLINE), originally known as M-1 Rail by its developers and the Woodward Avenue Streetcar by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), is a streetcar system in Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan. Opened on May 12, 2017, it runs along M-1 (Woodward Avenue).

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability intiatives[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.

News and comment[edit | edit source]

2017

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]

2016

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]

2015

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]

2014

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

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

2009

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


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