Neighborhood Garden project curbs crime, grows hope

Neighborhood Garden project curbs crime, grows hope

They say plant a seed and things will start to blossom. That’s exactly what Barb and Joe Matney did in their Warrendale neighborhood. The far west section of Detroit that lies only four blocks from the border of Dearborn has not been the safest place in years past. Abandoned houses on many blocks didn’t help, […]

Tell us who is changing your neighborhood Detroit

Tell us who is changing your neighborhood Detroit

Fixers. The city of Detroit is loaded with them. Ask any city resident to tell you about a person or group that’s changing their neighborhood and you’ll quickly discover that there is a lot more activity going on than makes the headlines. Without much fanfare and, oft times, less than adequate support, these change agents […]

Neighborhood growth accelerator: Detroit LISC recognizes groups moving the needle forward city-wide

Neighborhood growth accelerator: Detroit LISC recognizes groups moving the needle forward city-wide

When it comes to rebuilding Detroit, many groups in the Motor City have been happy to dig right in and get things done. A drive down one of the city’s major arteries reveals new shops, restaurants, condominiums and apartment buildings, a visual delight for residents inside the city border and beyond. Parts of Woodward, Livernois, […]

Michigan Community Resources helps east side residents re-purpose vacant lots into flower farms with blight busting blooms

Michigan Community Resources helps east side residents re-purpose vacant lots into flower farms with blight busting blooms

Brightly colored blossoms will replace concrete cracks and overgrown weeds in lower east side Detroit communities this summer. With support from a $25,000 Kresge Innovative Projects grant in 2015, the technical assistance provider, published, Greenfill Development: A Guide to Repurposing Vacant Lots for Flower Farming Enterprises. The guide outlines two unique business models that will […]

Passing the Baton: Neighborhood leaders prepare to mentor their successors

Passing the Baton: Neighborhood leaders prepare to mentor their successors

Passing the baton signifies many things – working as a team, establishing bonds, carrying lessons forward. To Dotti Sharp, it also symbolizes leadership transitions, turning neighbors into activists for their neighborhoods. Through her work with Michigan Community Resources (MCR), Sharp recently helped recognize 24 Detroiters at the “Power of One Dedicated Woman” breakfast. The event […]