North End

Video: North End stakeholders envision the future of their neighborhood

Note: The original headline highlighted "residents" instead of "stakeholders," but not everyone featured in the video lives in the North End. 

With its speakeasies, Motown legacy, and unique racial integration, the North End certainly has an illustrious history. The neighborhood's future, however, is also bright. 

At the cusp of 2018, the North End has a lot to celebrate. The Detroit Black Food Security Network is constructing a cooperative grocery store at Woodward Avenue and Euclid Street. The North End is now a hub for a community-run equitable internet that distributes free internet to 50 households. There's numerous other projects underway. 

All this interest in development is not surprising to people who have been living and working in the North End. Although the neighborhood is made up of a diverse group of residents, everyone seems to agree one thing: the North End has invaluable qualities that must be preserved and furthered during Detroit's daring and sometimes daunting push toward the future. 

"When we look at cultivating community, we believe that everybody has a voice and their voice is important in how this community gets developed," says Jerry Ann Hebron, executive director of the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm.

The North End has secured its place as an arts and culture center, an industry-leading urban farming hub, a prototype for development, a technological incubator, and a testing ground for new and varied transit. The neighborhood is poised to be anything that the residents envision it to be, especially if they can establish a unified voice. 

Model D produced a video featuring Pamela Martin-Turner, director of Vanguard CDC, artist Ulysses Newkirk, and Hebron to hear their hopes for the North End and learn about the work that each of them are doing to contribute to the neighborhood's future.

This article is part of the "On the Ground" series, where a journalist is embedded in a neighborhood for three months to provide regular coverage. 

Support for this series is provided by the Kresge Foundation
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