About the Project & Contact

Learn more & get involved!
Matt Williams
City of Detroit Planning & Development Department
(313) 224-5594

In 2019 and 2020, the Cody Rouge & Warrendale Youth-Centric Neighborhood Framework brought together city government, neighborhood organizations, residents, and more to create youth-centric plans for Franklin Park, Joy Community, Warrendale, and WACO. Public discussions, youth programs, and community events addressed and identified actionable projects for four main physical ingredients of these neighborhoods:
     1. Streets & Getting Around
     2. Houses & Apartments
     3. Businesses & Shopping
     4. Parks & Community Places


Project sponsors
City of Detroit Planning & Development Department
The Cody Rouge Project (DTE Energy, General Motors, Quicken Loans, and The Skillman Foundation)

Organizational Steering Committee
City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods District 7
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
Cody Rouge Faith Alliance
Cody Rouge Youth Council
Franklin Park Neighborhood Association
Friends of Rouge Park
Joy Community Association
Joy-Southfield CDC 
Islamic Center of Detroit
Warren Avenue Community Organization
Warrendale Community Organization

Consultant team
HECTOR, project lead
with Centric Design Studio, Hinge Collective, Marc Norman/Ideas & Action, Michael Marshall Design, Public Workshop, The Work Department, University of Orange


“Detroit neighborhood revitalization plan takes shape with youth input,” Detroit News, 5/19/21

“Youths play key role in Warrendale Cody Rouge revitalization plan,” Model D, 9/17/19

“Huntington Bank gives $5M to boost Detroit’s Warrendale area,” Detroit News, 8/21/19

“Teens join planning process to develop Detroit’s Warrendale neighborhood,” ClickOnDetroit, 8/21/19

“Ohio-based Huntington Bank Commits $5M to Revitalize Detroit Neighborhoods,” DBusiness.com, 8/21/19

“Passing the Planning Mic to the Next Generation, Today,” Next City, 10/4/18

“I’m also looking forward to seeing more youth-led efforts at the neighborhood level from the Congress of Communities building a youth-led community space to the child-centric plan in Cody Rouge.” —Dorothy Hernandez, managing editor, “Model D 2020 vision: The people, trends, projects, and stories we’re watching”, 12/31/19