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…
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.
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 .
On January 18, Detroit Development and Planning Department staff Lindsey Barrett & Dave Walker led a School Rep Workshop with young people at Dixon Educational Learning Academy about the neighborhood around the school & how it is planned.
In many student drawings, streets and roads are given major visual and organizational prominence.
On January 16, Detroit Development and Planning Department staff Lindsey Barrett & Dave Walker led a School Rep Workshop about the neighborhood around the school & how it is planned.
The group began by drawing maps to show what they knew about the area.