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…

Seeking Neighborhood Framework Investigators!

If you are between 15 and 24 years old, apply today for a part-time position (with stipend) working on the Cody Rouge & Warrendale Neighborhood Investigation!

From February to April 2019, young people from the west side neighborhoods of Cody Rouge and Warrendale will work with designers, artists, and urban planners to investigate who makes decisions about the area’s streets, houses, stores, parks, water, sewers and more. Then, we’ll make drawings, posters, poems, and other things to share what we learn.

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2/8 School Rep Convening!

Friday morning, February 8, students from eight area schools came together at St Suzanne Cody Rouge Community Resource with a team from the City of Detroit Planning & Development Department for a morning of neighborhood discussions, drawings, and debates about Cody Rouge and Warrendale. Participating schools: Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School, Briethaupt Career and Technical Center, Carver STEM Academy, Cody High School, Dixon Educational Learning Academy, Gardner Elementary School, Henderson Academy, and Mann Learning Community .