Attend a Public Discussion near you in May & June!

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. Please find a Public Discussion near you and register today! Joy Community Association Thursday, May 9, 6 pm Thursday, June 13, 6 pm The Village of St. Martha’s 15875 Joy Road Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance & Franklin Park Community Association Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm Monday, June 24, 6:30 pm Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance 19321 West Chicago Joy Southfield CDC Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 pm Second Grace Church 18700 Joy Road Thursday, June 27, 6 pm (FOR BUSINESS & PROPERTY OWNERS) Ss Peter and Paul Church Activity Center 7685 Grandville Ave (enter at Westwood parking lot side) Warrendale Community Organization Wednesday, May 22, 6 pm Thursday, June 20, 6 pm Ss Peter and Paul Church Activity Center 7685 Grandville Ave (enter at Westwood parking lot side) Warren Avenue Community Organization Thursday, June 6, 5:30 pm Friday, June 21, 5:30 pm Polish Legion of American Vets, 7900 Greenfield Road (enter via Yinger Ave or gas station on Tireman) ACCESS Date TBD (FOR BUSINESS & PROPERTY OWNERS ) 18900 Joy Road

4/30 What is a Cody Rouge & Warrendale Neighborhood Framework? Public Kick-off & World Debut

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

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3/7 Interview with Arthur Edge, Supervisor for Dangerous Buildings

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.”

(Blog Post by T.H)

2/16 Jeff-Chalmers Final Neighborhood Framework Meeting

To see what a Neighborhood Framework looks like in another neighborhood, we checked out the final meeting of the process for Jefferson-Chalmers on the east side.
So this is how adults figure out the future of their neighborhood? Sitting in a big room with some posterboards and making speeches? This gave us many ideas for different types of meetings and events that can be more youth-driven.

We got to meet some city government urban planners, including Planning Director Maurice Cox, who promised to meet with us later.

We saw the kinds of projects that the Neighborhood Framework was proposing, like new ways to use old buildings.

We also heard from people who were critical of the process, who said they thought the framework was a sham, that the city government was just doing what it wanted and ignoring long-time residents. We got their numbers and said we’d like to talk more.

It seems a Neighborhood Framework is not a simple thing, and not just a good thing, or a bad one. The investigation continues…