DFC's Neighborhood Priority: Improving the Quality of Life in Neighborhoods

The DFC Strategic Framework recommends a variety of ways to strengthen Detroit’s neighborhoods by celebrating existing assets and strengths, while addressing specific challenges. The goal is to improve our quality of life in Detroit, with more sustainable, inviting, affordable, and diverse places to live. 

The DFC Implementation Office’s Neighborhoods Priority focuses on stabilization through efforts to eliminate blight, improve public safety and improve neighborhood-level quality of place.  Additionally, through our civic engagement work, neighborhood stabilization is a strong component of all DFC Implementation Office priorities - economic growth, land use, city systems, and land and building assets. 

To successfully catalyze the recommendations in the DFC Strategic Framework, the DFC Implementation Office executes initiatives and equips community partners with tools and opportunities to help them fuel their future neighborhoods of the future city. 

Below are some examples of DFC’s work and the work of our partners that are helping to stabilize our neighborhoods.  These examples demonstrate how Detroit’s diverse range of neighborhoods can be experienced, celebrated, impacted and supported.    

Experience Neighborhoods:

My Neighborhood, My Heritage
Student Views of Jefferson Chalmers: Pop-Up Photography Exhibit
October 22 – 25
Hello Again Records, 14401 E. Jefferson Ave. at Chalmers

The DFC Implementation Office is partnering with Michigan Historic Preservation Network's Jefferson Chalmers Preservation Demonstration Project. Phase one was implemented in Spring 2014 and included three neighborhood workshops on caring for older homes. Phase two, entitled "My Neighborhood, My Heritage," engages local students in exploring the history, cultural heritage connections and current conditions of their neighborhood through discussion and photography.  Visit the Michigan Historic Preservation Network website for additional information. 

Invest in Neighborhoods: 

Knight Cities Challenge
Knight Cities Challenge is offering $5 million to uncover ideas to make cities more successful with a focus on how your idea advances talent, opportunity or engagement. Grant proposals are due November 14 at 5 p.m.   Detroit Future City is partnering with the Knight Foundation on an information session about the Challenge.  Register here for additional information. Visit the Knight Cities Challenge website for more information.

Kresge Detroit Neighborhood Project Initiative
In support of the DFC Strategic Framework, the Kresge Foundation launched the Kresge Innovative Projects Detroit, a new, $5 million, three-year initiative to fund Detroit-based nonprofits in their efforts to strengthen neighborhoods across the city.  The initiative will provide support through implementation grants and planning grants.  Applications are due December 2.  Visit the Kresge Foundation website for additional information. 

ArtPlace America 
On September 11, the DFC Implementation Office partnered with ArtPlace to host a workshop for the fifth round of its National Grants Program and look at how arts and culture, when integrated into a larger set of strategies, can be used to implement community visions and help address community needs.  Those who want to apply must register to submit a Letter of Inquiry by 3:59 p.m. on November 3. Visit the ArtPlace website for additional information.

Impact Neighborhoods:

Fifth Annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit
Saturday, November 1, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wayne County Community College-Downtown
The DFC Implementation Office executive director Kenneth Cockrel Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the ARISE Detroit Neighborhood Summit. Additionally, DFC staff will participate in sessions that will equip residents with strategies and tools to effectively address challenges including reducing crime, fighting blight, establishing neighborhood block clubs and repurposing vacant land. Visit the ARISE Detroit! website for additional information. 

Creating Great Neighborhood Places in Detroit
Friday, October 24 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration and Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Tech Town, 440 Burroughs St. Detroit 48202
Placemaking is becoming one of the most widely used models to promote community development and engagement.  Join Community Development Advocates of Detroit to better understand what exactly Placemaking looks like at the neighborhood level and how can you utilize it to energize and revitalize your community. 

CPAD ‘New Urban Places’ 
The DFC Implementation Office has joined with (community+public arts:DETROIT), an initiative of the College for Creative Studies, and Greening of Detroit to implement community-driven arts projects with a green infrastructure component in four neighborhoods. Come learn more and join the process! All meetings are from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the dates and at the locations below.  
       November 11 - Cody Rouge/ Don Bosco Hall 19321 W. Chicago St. Detroit, MI 48228
       November 18 - NorthEnd/ Vanguard 2785 E. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48221
       November 19 - Brightmoor/ City Covenant Church 13624 Stout St. Detroit, MI 48223        
       November 20 - Jefferson Chalmers/ Location TBD
Visit the CPAD website for additional information. 

DFC in the News

Detroit Free Press: Kresge to help fund the dreams of Detroit neighborhoods 

WDIV Local 4: Detroit project aims to plant 400 trees in one day

WWJ Newsradio 950: Charlie Langton Talks Post-Bankruptcy with Esteemed Panel


Arise Detroit's Neighborhood Summit
DFC is a sponsor of Arise Detroit's 5th annual Neighborhoods Summit on Saturday, November 1. The Summit aims to equip Detroit residents with strategies and tools to address many of the issues they face throughout the year ranging from blight to establishing neighborhood organizations.

For more information and to register click here
Knight Cities Challenge

Knight Foundation, in partnership with DFC, will host a Q&A about the Knight Cities Challenge and Detroit ideas for successful communities driven by talent, opportunity and engagement. Attend this community information session on the new Knight Cities Challenge.

Register here

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