revitalization http://michiganradio.org en Stateside: Concerned residents and their neighborhood improvements http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-concerned-residents-and-their-neighborhood-improvements <p>Detroit's revitalization is a recurring topic on Stateside.</p><p>The city's vacant buildings are an interactive lesson in real estate and community maintenance.</p><p>Today, Stateside focused on neighborhood improvement and community engagement.</p><p>Heidi Alcock of the <a href="http://www.foreclosuredetroit.org/pages/Detroit_Vacant_Property_Campaign___Foreclosure_Detroit">Detroit Vacant Property Campaign</a> and Tom Goddeeris of the <a href="http://www.grandmontrosedale.com/">Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation</a> shared their revitalization goals.</p><p>Alcock started the Detroit Vacant Property Campaign to reduce the amount of abandoned buildings in Detroit- improving both property value and morale.</p><p>“One vacant property can be very dangerous on an otherwise stable block,” said Alcock.</p><p>“Beginning with the mortgage foreclosure crisis we’ve seen vacancy rate go from about 2% in 2000 to 11% in 2010. Probably the biggest impact it’s had on our community is that it has driven values down,” said Goddeeris. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:59:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10668 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Concerned residents and their neighborhood improvements Detroit's Roaming Table mixes civic engagement and urban planning http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-roaming-table-mixes-civic-engagement-and-urban-planning <p>Changing Gears reporter <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/kate-davidson">Kate Davidson</a> last week debunked the conventional wisdom that Detroit has 40 square miles of vacant land. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-has-tons-vacant-land-forty-square-miles?nopop=1">In her report she found </a>that in all likelihood the number is probably closer to half that.</p><p>Which, if you think about it, is still a lot of empty land.&nbsp;</p><p>Which is where the <a href="http://detroitworksproject.com/for-detroit-to-work-we-need-action-today/">Detroit Works Project</a> comes in -- that&#39;s the name of Mayor Dave Bing&#39;s revitalization plan for the city.&nbsp;The Detroit Works team has to figure out what to do with all that empty land. To help them find some answers, they&#39;re turning to Detroit&#39;s residents for help.</p><p>They&#39;re also enlisting the help of ... a table.</p><p><strong>A table, you say?</strong></p><p>Yes. But this is no ordinary table, dear reader. The purpose of this particular table is to &quot;disrupt people&rsquo;s everyday lives,&quot; according to Theresa Skora, who helped design it.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s meant to fold up and be put into a car and be taken around,&quot; says Skora. Which is why they call it the Roaming Table. &nbsp;And believe it or not this table &ndash; with its nifty green logo and stacks of glossy pamphlets &ndash; is key to the city&#39;s revitalization plan aka Detroit Works. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7227 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's Roaming Table mixes civic engagement and urban planning Bringing neighborhoods together to keep young people in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/bringing-neighborhoods-together-keep-young-people-michigan <p>A community organizer in Grand Rapids is trying to improve neighborhoods to keep young people from moving out of&nbsp;the&nbsp;state.</p><p>&ldquo;Neighborhoods are sellable. Young people have a hard time right now staying in Michigan because they feel that there&rsquo;s not the same cultural aspects or the opportunities for growth like in&nbsp;bigger cities,&rdquo; Johannah Jelks said.</p><p>24-year-old Jelks started the grassroots group &ldquo;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Generation-X-Y-for-MI/253773278436">Generation X &amp;&nbsp;Y for MI</a>&rdquo; a few years ago as her peers were moving out of Michigan.&nbsp;&ldquo;But actually if you look on a micro-scale neighborhoods have been attracting young talent at a rapid rate,&rdquo; Jelks said. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 02:14:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7224 at http://michiganradio.org Bringing neighborhoods together to keep young people in Michigan Artpod: Murals brighten streets, bring pride to Detroit neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-murals-brighten-streets-bring-pride-detroit-neighborhood <p>On today&#39;s podcast, we hear how an artist in Detroit wants to bring color to the city with his brush strokes.</p><p>http://traffic.libsyn.com/mrartpod/Artpod_081811.mp3</p><p>Artists in <a href="http://www.seattlemuralart.com/artist-team.htm">Seattle</a> and <a href="http://muralarts.org/">Philadelphia</a> who have been painting large murals on abandoned buildings in an effort to revitalize neighborhoods. Philadelphia for example, has around two-thousand murals to help brighten the city.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:40:38 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3810 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Murals brighten streets, bring pride to Detroit neighborhood New "Be Me" project champions black men in Detroit, Philadelphia http://michiganradio.org/post/new-be-me-project-champions-black-men-detroit-philadelphia <p>A <a href="http://michaelanthonyapparel.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/mentorship.jpg">new initiative</a> in Detroit focuses on the role black men and teens play in the city&rsquo;s revival.</p> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 20:08:37 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3709 at http://michiganradio.org Upscale Somerset CityLoft, indie 71 Pop set up shop in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/upscale-somerset-cityloft-indie-71-pop-set-shop-detroit <p>Retail stores are literally popping up around Detroit this weekend.</p><p>You use to have to drive about 30 minutes outside of Detroit if you wanted to shop at the tony, upscale <a href="http://www.thesomersetcollection.com/">Somerset Collection</a> in Troy. But now you can browse the shelves of Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in midtown Detroit. It&rsquo;s part of a new pop up mall of sorts called &ldquo;Somerset CityLoft.&quot;</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:12:08 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3506 at http://michiganradio.org Upscale Somerset CityLoft, indie 71 Pop set up shop in Detroit 16,000 employees offered cash incentives to move to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/16000-employees-offered-cash-incentives-move-detroit <p>Several Detroit businesses are paying their employees to move to the city as part of a new incentive program called &quot;<a href="http://detroitlivedowntown.org/">Live Downtown</a>.&quot;</p><p>Employees can get $20,000 dollars toward the purchase of a new home. Those who rent will get up to $3,500 for two years. Even employees who already live in the city <a href="http://detroitlivedowntown.org/incentives">can get money</a> to make home improvements.</p><p>Here&#39;s a list of the 5 companies behind the new &quot;Live Downtown&quot; program:</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:06:53 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3456 at http://michiganradio.org 16,000 employees offered cash incentives to move to Detroit Artpod: Flint, public art, and revitalization http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-flint-public-art-and-revitalization <p>Flint is in the spotlight on today&#39;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510078">Artpod</a>.</p><p>We talk a lot about Detroit&rsquo;s path to revival, but drive an hour northwest to Flint and you&rsquo;ll find a city whose struggles are similar if not worse than Detroit&#39;s.&nbsp; Now a coalition of artists, city officials and residents is trying to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/re-imagining-flint-one-art-installation-time">re-write Flint&#39;s story</a> through art.</p><p>http://traffic.libsyn.com/mrartpod/Artpod_072111.mp3</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:50:57 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3423 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Flint, public art, and revitalization Re-imagining Flint, one art installation at a time http://michiganradio.org/post/re-imagining-flint-one-art-installation-time <p>Detroit&rsquo;s path to revival has been in the news a lot lately. Drive an hour northwest to Flint and you&rsquo;ll find a city whose struggles are similar if not worse than Detroit&#39;s. But a coalition of artists, city officials and residents is trying to re-write Flint&#39;s story through art.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976694.mp3</p><p>Flint&#39;s problems are pretty well documented: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-breaks-25-year-old-murder-record">murders</a>, <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1631222/Michigan.News/A.Week.Of.Arson.Fires.In.Flint.">arson</a>, blight, poverty, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-moving-ahead-police-layoffs-after-city-breaks-murder-rate-record">massive police layoffs</a>, and the dubious honor of being named one of the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-tops-fbis-most-violent-cities-list">most violent cities</a> in the country.</p><p>Plus there&#39;s Michael Moore&#39;s 1989 movie <a href="http://dogeatdog.michaelmoore.com/rogerme.html"><em>Roger &amp; Me</em></a>, which basically memorialized Flint&#39;s decline on the big screen.&nbsp;It&#39;s a movie <a href="http://stephenzacks.blogspot.com/">Stephen Zacks</a>&nbsp;would rather forget.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;People know Michael Moore, they know <em>Roger &amp; Me</em>, so you respond to that question for your whole life. You keep answering the question: What&#39;s wrong with Flint?&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 00:16:04 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3202 at http://michiganradio.org Re-imagining Flint, one art installation at a time 400 to attend Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/400-attend-rust-belt-artist-belt-conference-detroit <p>Hundreds of artists will be in Detroit this week for the third annual <a href="http://www.rustbelttoartistbelt.com/about/">Rust Belt to Artist Belt</a> conference.</p><p>The goal is to get artists, educators and creative entrepreneurs together to brainstorm how they can help revitalize post-industrial cities like Detroit, Flint, and Cleveland.</p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:04:51 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1917 at http://michiganradio.org 400 to attend Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference in Detroit Wayne State hopes 'Detroit Fellows' program will help revitalize the city http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-hopes-detroit-fellows-program-will-help-revitalize-city <p><a href="http://wayne.edu">Wayne State University</a> hopes its new <a href="http://wayne.edu/detroitfellows/">Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program</a> will help give an economic boost the city of Detroit.</p><p>The program is modeled after a <a href="http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/news/press-releases/rockefeller-foundation-teachers-collegehttp://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/news/press-releases/rockefeller-foundation-teachers-college">similar program in New Orleans</a>, which recruited folks from across the country to help rebuild the city after Hurricane Katrina.</p><p>Ahmad Ezzeddini from Wayne State University will run the new Detroit fellows program:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;If we look at the New Orleans model: Out of the cohort of 25, 22 of those folks are still in New Orleans, and 18 of them are with the same employer. And that&rsquo;s four years after the program ran. We hope to duplicate the same thing here.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Ezzeddini says they plan to hire 25-30 people who have &quot;three to five years&rsquo; experience, preferably [with] a graduate degree in urban planning, business, law.&quot; He says the fellows will be paid to work in Detroit for two years, and the <a href="http://wayne.edu/detroitfellows/resources.php">jobs </a>will focus on neighborhood and economic development. They will also get leadership training from Wayne State.</p><p><a href="http://wayne.edu/detroitfellows/application.php">Applications</a> are due April 15.</p><p>The program is funded with support from the <a href="http://www.kresge.org/">Kresge Foundation</a> and the <a href="http://www.hudson-webber.org/">Hudson-Webber Foundation</a>. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 20:44:12 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1800 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne State hopes 'Detroit Fellows' program will help revitalize the city