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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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NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR 2014-2015 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)

The City of Detroit invites community organizations to submit proposals for projects to be funded by the 2014-2015 Community Development Block Grant/Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (CDBG/NOF) program.

All community organizations including neighborhood residents, business organizations, citizen district councils, block clubs, human service organizations, etc. who wish to participate in the development and implementation of either CDBG or NOF projects Continue Reading →

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Special Assessment District (SAD) City-Wide Coalition of Detroit

A brief outline of the SAD benefits for neighborhoods in Detroit!

Michigan Public Act 287 of 2011 § MCL 117.5i, as amended authorizes neighborhoods in Detroit to improve their individual areas by sharing the cost for enhanced crime prevention, snow removal and/or mosquito abatement services. The state law says:

“Whether or not authorized by its charter, a city with a population of more than ...

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Fourth Annual Community Development Summit – Reaching Across Boundaries

On May 14th and 15th, 2014, join community and economic development professionals, lenders, public officials, developers, planners, and others passionate about building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities for the Fourth Annual Community Development Summit. With a theme of Reaching Across Boundaries, sessions and workshops will highlight cross-sector and regional collaboration in community planning, land recycling, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and neighborhood revitalization. Quickly becoming the premier community development convening for the region, the Community Development Summit annually attracts ...

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Community Advisory Councils: Improving Resident Access to Detroit City Government

By Aaron Goodman, CDAD Community Outreach Associate

Establishment of Community Advisory Councils moving forward in City Council

At the City Council Formal Session on January 14th, 2013, Council addressed a letter sent by CDAD and its coalition partners requesting action be taken towards the establishment of the Charter-mandated Community Advisory Councils (CACs) in each council district.  City Council has referred the matter to the Planning and Economic Development Standing Committee.

 

This committee will begin the work of crafting the ordinance establishing CACs.  Throughout ...

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Community Benefits Agreements

By LaToya Morgan – CDAD Public Policy Manager & Aaron Goodman – CDAD Community Outreach Associate

 

CDAD has identified Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) as a policy priority area.  Community Benefits Agreements are a necessary tool to facilitate thriving communities as Detroit goes through a revitalizing and rebuilding era.  CDAD supports the creation of CBA’s throughout the city where large scale change is occurring that will impact resident quality of life, and when public tax dollars are being used in new developments.  ...

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