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.
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.
Help your neighborhood get real projects to improve streets, parks, places to live & businesses by joining a Public Discussion in May & June hosted by neighborhood organizations with Detroit Planning & Development Department.
All residents, workers, property owners, and business owners are invited to attend two-hour interactive Public Discussions hosted by neighborhood organizations including Joy Community Association, Joy-Southfield CDC, ACCESS, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance & Franklin Park Community Association, Warren Avenue Community Organization, and Warrendale Community Organization.
The agenda includes interactive activities for humans of all ages, introduction to the city government’s Neighborhood Framework process & discussion of concrete projects you’d like the city and neighborhood organizations to undertake for improving the area’s physical environment for young people & all residents. Most meetings are meant for all residents, with two specialized meetings for business and property owners.
To mark the public kick-off of the year-long Cody Rouge & Warrendale Neighborhood Framework process, all area residents are invited to hear a presentation from nine area teenagers who have spent the last ten weeks interviewing city officials & neighborhoods leaders, attending public meetings, and trying to answer the question: What is a Cody Rouge & Warrendale Neighborhood Framework?
Information will be available about he coming year of activities—public discussions, youth programs, and neighborhood improvement projects—focused on the future of the west side neighborhoods of Cody Rouge & Warrendale, including Franklin Park, Joy Community, Warrendale, and Warren Avenue.
The event will begin with welcomes from the neighborhood groups participating in the Organizational Steering Committee, then turns over to nine area teenagers who have spent the last ten weeks investigating who makes decisions about their neighborhood, from streets and building demolition to parks and new businesses. The young people will present their report, then moderate a discussion among neighborhood leaders and audience members.
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED
Learn more & RSVP to Matt Williams, West Region Planner, at (313) 224-5594 or email
Faith Bevelle, Harmony Bevelle, Irving Bevelle, Paul Campbell, Evangelina Draper, Amiya Glover, Tyler Jenkins & Caleb Printup joined a 45-minute drawing exercise about the area around their church near West Chicago and Southfield Freeway.
We knew many people were curious who was in charge of demolishing abandoned houses in the neighborhood, so we talked to Arthur Edge of BSEED (Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environment Department).
Mr. Edge was adamant on answering our questions and telling what it’s like to work as a supervisor of demolition. This included difficult parts and scary stories of finding things in abandoned houses, and also positive parts like when neighborhood residents are grateful when a dangerous building is destroyed.
“I am responsible for the blight that is here in our city and I want to make a difference as far as making it safe for residents, for young people like you.”
“Right now the city is probably demolishing around 4000 buildings a year.”
“You can do anything, don’t let anything hold you back. I want to see you go to the top and be whatever you want to be.”