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My Wish List for Detroit

Every year my family takes a vacation to the same old place– Cedar Pointe.  It would be cool if we could just stay in the city and hangout and have a staycation in the D. However,  Detroit doesn’t have  much entertainment for residents.  There are a few interesting  attractions but not as many as there should be in a big city like this. We are in  Motown! We have the Detroit Princess Boat, Belle Isle; they are fun but they ...

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Community Land Trusts

Clarification

[In a move toward greater transparency, the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) has made information available regarding properties available for auction, property sales, rules for bidding on and purchasing properties  available financing via its website. In this article, the term ‘quasi-governmental’ as refers to an agency that is created and funded by government but operates independently.]

 

By Kathy Ralston, a CDAD Summer 2015 Intern

In the wake of the Detroit bankruptcy, there are many reasons to be optimistic for the city’s future. To the majority of ...

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My perspective on violence in our city

Adults don’t realize that young people watch everything they do—we are very perceptive. From my observation, some adults are well put together, but some just didn’t mature along with the others. I think maturity is a large part of being an adult because you have to know how to control your emotions and anger.

In the city of Detroit, we see a lot of things going and one of the biggest is violence. Violence is not a single person, but a ...

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How can young people contribute to their neighborhoods, and work in their community with adults?

The first step for adults when working with a young person is to  take a step back and ask them what they want in their community and what they want to see happen. Help them figure out projects and program to help them improve their neighborhood like fixing up a park, adding a basketball rim or neighborhood cleanups. Most young adults love to use social media, so maybe adults can work with the young person to learn how to use ...

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Statewide Community Benefits Conference: Justice for Our Neighborhoods

By Kathy Ralston, summer 2015 intern for CDAD

On Friday June 5, over 100 individuals from communities all over the state of Michigan attended the Statewide Community Benefits Conference: Justice for Our Neighborhoods. The all-day event was held here in Detroit at the Federal Reserve Bank on East Warren. The conference featured an impressive array of speakers and facilitators who shared their insights on Community Benefits Agreements (CBA) happening in several cities around the country and the facts behind the myths surrounding the ...

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A Tale of Two Cities: From Detroit to New Orleans

By Madhavi Reddy, CDAD Strategic Framework Manager, on her trip to NOLA

With the generous support of the Ford Foundation, I recently was able to travel to New Orleans with a group of grantees for a learning visit. The purpose of the visit was to learn from folks in New Orleans about their work in the years since Hurricane Katrina. The devastation experienced by New Orleans may not be an exact match to what is happening in Detroit, but there are ...

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Community Land Trust

Throughout the country’s low-income urban areas Community Land Trusts (CLTs) have emerged as strategic way to bring some stability to economically challenged neighborhoods. Community Land Trusts have popped up in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, and many other major cities. This begs the question, what is being done on the Community Land Trust front here in Detroit, and can this model potentially help our city? To answer this question we must first take a look at what ...

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July Brown Bag – Expanding Networks and Opportunities:

By Madhavi Reddy & Aaron Goodman

CDAD Brown Bag lunches occur every other month and each focuses on a topic of particular interest to Detroit’s community development and neighborhood-based organizations.  These sessions offer CDAD members an opportunity for informal peer-to-peer learning and dialogue with invited experts on a specific topic of discussion.

The topic for the  July 22 Brown Bag was Expanding Networks and Opportunities:  Part II in a series of Racial Equity in Community Development.  CDAD members learned from the experiences ...

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Final Blog in Three Part Series: Reflections from Community Leaders Forum

 

Posted: 20 May 2014 02:36 PM PDT

                       

Below is the final of three blogs reflecting perspectives on the Fed’s Community Leaders Forum, which took place on March 5 and 6 in Washington, DC. Our guest bloggers in order of posting are Michelle Hoereth of IFF, Renee Hatcher of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and Sarida Scott of the Community Development Advocates of Detroit.

A key purpose ...

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Vacant v. Blighted: Buildings as Assets

By Emilie Evans – Michigan Historic Preservation Network

A prevalent narrative in Detroit is that all 80,000 of the city’s reported vacant and blighted structures should be taken down.  While not every building can or should be saved, it is important to remember that not everything that is vacant is blighted.

Blight is a pervasive word used in the not-too-distant past to justify the wholesale clearance of tens of thousands of properties across cities in the U.S. through Urban Renewal. Today, blighted ...

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