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Detroit Innovation Features

Beverly Frederick

In northwest Detroit, residents have been revitalizing their neighborhood for years

With the assistance of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, hundreds of residents in northwest Detroit have been volunteering their time to clean up, beautify, and revitalize their neighborhood.

Alice Bagley and Kennedy Weakley sort TimeBank t-shirts

Surveys and meetups: How Detroit organizations are using low-tech methods to increase their reach

Even in a digitally focused world, old-school methods can sometimes get the job done more effectively, especially when it comes to real community engagement.

Monique Tate, digital steward trainer with the Equitable Internet Initiative

How a surprising partnership will result in internet for Detroiters lacking access

Called the Equitable Internet Initiative, the project will provide internet to 150 Detroit households and was made possible by a partnership of organizations with different strengths and missions, coming together for a common cause. 

Kenyetta Campbell outside of the Cody Rouge Action Alliance's office space in Don Bosco Hall

A bottom-up approach: Cody Rouge residents develop big plans for their neighborhood

Cody Rouge on Detroit's west side has suffered from blight and depopulation in the last decade plus. But residents, along with several powerful foundations and corporate partners, have developed an ambitious plan to bring the neighborhood back.

Ezekiel Harris, executive director of MACC Development

A common space: Mack Corridor plan takes a community-centered approach to revitalization

MACC Development is in the process of transforming the lobby of a former furniture warehouse into a community space called The Commons. That's part of its broad vision for the corridor involving the whole community. 
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