May 2021 City of Detroit Presentation

On May 19, 2021, amid continued negotiations among city government departments and community organizations, the City of Detroit Planning & Development Department, along with the General Services Department, Housing & Revitalization Department, Public Works Department, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Land Bank Authority, and Invest Detroit made their public presentation of planned projects for Cody Rouge & Warrendale. “Implementation is next.”

Open PDF in google drive (download also available).

11/13/19 Draft Neighborhood Framework Public Meeting

Franklin Park President Bobbi Johnson presents a potential project for Joy Road

At the 11/13 Neighborhood Framework Public Meeting, young people, community leaders, and Detroit city government staff presented a progress report and draft Neighborhood Framework to a packed room at the Boys & Girls Club on Tireman Avenue.

In the handout below, which you can download as a PDF file, you’ll find the current list of potential projects as well as “neighborhood tours” that show how these projects will connect to each other to create a healthier, more prosperous, and youth-friendly Cody Rouge & Warrendale.

Attendees used the Grading Sheet below to evaluate each potential project and show support.

Neighborhood Framework Investigator & Youth Council member Taylin Hodges reviews work so far
Detroit Planning & Development Department Project Manager Matt Williams
Presenters LaKendra Reynolds-Smith, Taylin Hodges, Mouley Yusef Labour, Khadijah Harris, Alexcia Stoner, Chanel Cole, Skylah Pounds, and Rayshaad Marshall all participated in previous spring and summer Neighborhood Framework activities

11/13/19 Neighborhood Framework Public Meeting

Facebook event link

What is the Cody Rouge & Warrendale Youth-centric Neighborhood Framework?

Over the last nine months, residents & groups have worked with the Planning & Development Department to propose potential projects for streets, houses, parks, businesses & more.

Now come see what their draft plan & let city government know what you think.

Cody Rouge & Warrendale Neighborhood Framework
Public Meeting
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
5:30 pm Doors open
6–8 pm Presentation & feedback session
Boys & Girls Club
16500 Tireman Ave

Free & open to the public

Refreshments & child care provided

October 2019 Potential Projects Guide

Download the Cody Rouge & Warrendale Potential Projects Guide today!

All west side residents of Warrendale, Warren Avenue Community, Joy Community, Franklin Park, and Gardenview are invited to learn about potential public projects for their neighborhoods and advocate for their priorities for street safety, redeveloping vacant houses, shopping on West Warren Avenue and Joy Road, improving parks, and more.

Since January 2019, young people, neighborhood organizations, and residents have worked with the Detroit Planning & Development Department to develop near-term public projects and a long-term Neighborhood Framework for these neighborhoods to be safer, friendlier, and more nourishing for all young people. You can see videos from the 4/30/19 Public Kick-Off and read the Public Discussion notes from ten meetings in May and June organized by neighborhood groups and Detroit Planning & Development Department.

August 2019 Warrendale & Cody Rouge Public Discussion Notes

In May and June, Cody Rouge & Warrendale neighborhood organizations and the Detroit Planning & Development Department organized ten Public Discussions where residents were invited to learn about the Neighborhood Framework and share their agendas and priorities for the area.

You can now download the official notes from these conversations “to learn what is important in the community for the community.”

Detroit Youth Urbanism Summit 2019

Since July, a group of west side young people have been working together with educators Denis Rochac, Marcellus Armstrong & University of Orange @uoforange to develop their version of youth urbanism. Join them Wednesday August 21, 5-7 pm for their final event, Detroit Youth Urbanism Summit 2019!

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Cody Rouge & Warrendale Youth Urbanists Invite You to

Detroit Youth Urbanism Summit 2019
“Taking Us Back”

We’ll have:
A Time Machine! 
Ways to get yourselves involved in shaping the future!
our Space Evaluation Tool, AKA “Safe 4 Youth Rubric”! All Teens invited!
Also for people of all ages!
Free Event! 
Free Food!

See you Wednesday, August 21 from 5 – 7 pm! 
St. Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource Center 
19321 West Chicago, Detroit MI 48228 “Detroit Youth Urbanism Summit is an opportunity for us young adults to take control and make change in our community” 

As part of the year-long Cody Rouge & Warrendale Youth-Centric Neighborhood Framework, 21 teenagers from the area worked for six weeks to learn about their city and the neighborhood. To share what they have learned, they have planned & produced the “Detroit Youth Urbanism Summit 2019 Taking Us Back,” an event to bring together young people from the neighborhood and others interested in our city and the well-being of youth. “Taking Us Back” will be an evening of youth-led events including performances, group activities, and more. 

Check us out on @detroityouthurbanist_

More about Cody Rouge & Warrendale Youth-Centric Neighborhood Framework

8/24/19 Neighborhood Framework Open House!

All residents of Franklin Park, Joy Community, Gardenview, Warrendale & Warren Avenue to see what is being planned for this part of west side Detroit on Saturday, August 24, 2–6 pm at the beautiful Brennan Pool building in Rouge Park!

Over the last six months, residents & groups have worked with the Detroit Planning & Development Department to propose potential projects for streets, houses, parks, businesses & more as part of the Warrendale & Cody Rouge Neighborhood Framework. Now come see what they have come up with & let city government know your priorities.

As Joy Community Association President Andy Webb said, “This is an opportunity to learn what is important in the community for the community.”

+ Free & open to humans of all ages!
+ Child care provided & refreshments served!
+ Learn about the Neighborhood Framework!
+ Meet young people, resident groups & professionals working with city government for a better neighborhood

Download PDF flyer

6/29/19 Community Picnic Table Factory Produces!

Over a sizzling sunny June 29 on Detroit’s west side, residents & groups from across Warrendale & Cody Rouge came together to build picnic tables, which were then distributed to sitting areas created by Evergreen Block Club, Westwood Block Club, Warrendale Community Organization, Joy Community Association, and the Joy-Southfield CDC Farmer’s Market.

Salute to our brave leader in the effort Public Workshop & all who made the event possible including Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation, Warrendale Community Organization, ACCESS, Brightmoor Maker Space, Sunbridge Collaborative, Nick Tobier, Ordinary Clothing Brand & Sit On It Detroit.



6/29 Join the Community Picnic Table Factory!


Saturday, June 29, join neighborhood groups & fellow Warrendale & Cody Rouge residents to build picnic tables for community gathering spaces across the west side! Block clubs, neighborhood associations, and organizations have requested picnic tables to enhance various properties as places for people to come together, celebrate, relax, and enjoy life. Come see us and help out on Joy Road at Artesian, there will be other fun building activities for humans of all ages, and all volunteers will enjoy delicious foods.

Download the flyer as a PDF.