Knight Contest’s Detroit Finalists Propose Innovative Civic Projects

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transform vacant or underused lots.

Dequindre Cut Market by Detroit RiverFront Conservancy: Creating spaces for entrepreneurs to set up shop along the Dequindre Cut with shipping container pop-up shops that will add to the vibrancy of the neighborhood and attract new interest.

Bike-alogues: Exploring Detroit’s untold history through monthly bike tours leading participants through different areas of the city and giving residents a chance to tell the story of their neighborhoods.

Walk In, Don’t Knock by Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: Creating a new public plaza at the Wright Museum, the world’s largest African-American history museum, to provide a public space for residents to connect around cultural and community issues.

Storefront Speakeasy by Live6: Transforming abandoned commercial storefronts with a pop-up culture cafe showcasing regional live music and spoken word.

Neighborhoods Rising by ARISE Detroit: Using the power of radio and community by introducing ARISE Detroit radio listeners to programs showcasing organizations and individuals working for positive change and encouraging them to join efforts to contribute to city growth.

Give One, Get One by City of Detroit: Creating sustainable micro-parks in Detroit neighborhoods that are designed in response to community needs, require few resources, and are easy to maintain.

The Green Turn-Up Effect by Detroit Future City Implementation Office: Training youth on environmental sustainability and landscape architecture to educate them on transforming vacant lots, creating profitable business models through this work, and implementing what they learn. Youth will partner with community members to develop their ideas.

What We’ve Never Learned Before Will Surprise Us by Welcome Mat Detroit: Breaking down community barriers with a conversation series that focuses on race relations and immigration, addressing important issues such as refugee policy, and equity and police conduct.

College Core Community Corridor by the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, University of Detroit Mercy: Building a pedestrian greenway and open spaces on vacant land that connects the area between the University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College. The project will be driven by neighborhood residents and a resident task force from each project block.

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