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As Downtown and Midtown surge, remember the neighborhoods

Neighborhoods Summit 2013

 

Lately, the newspaper headlines and television and radio newscasts have been full of breathtaking news about commercial and housing developments of all kinds in Downtown and Midtown, highlighted by the breaking ground on the new Red Wings sports complex, another downtown building purchase by Dan Gilbert D, the M-I Rail Project and other doings.

All of it is good, and we applaud it because it’s definitely great news for Detroit.

Rising Summit Flyer 2014 - Front2  compressedBut to paraphrase an old song standard, “Unless the Neighborhoods Swing, It Won’t Mean A Thing.”

That’s why the 5th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit on Saturday, Nov. 1, is so important. Detroit must be more than a place simply to visit, work in or go to a sports event or a concert.

It must be a place that people want to live. That’s why, once again, we expect hundreds of residents to show up for 12 workshops, a chance to collaborate with one another and share their ideas on how to make their neighborhoods better.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College District., 4001 W. Fort. You can register for the summit at www.arisedetroit.org

You will learn first-hand from folks like John George of Motor City Blight Busters on attacking blight and deconstructing houses, Kalia Keith of the College for Creative Studies on using community to art to beautify neighborhoods, Derek Blackmon of Black Family Development on successful community crime initiatives … and many, many others.

Nearly 60 community people with expertise on all kinds of issues … including developing neighborhood business, acquiring abandoned buildings and procuring grant funding … will be sharing their ideas at the summit.

But this not just an event to hear about what other people are doing. We want you to come and share YOUR ideas on what you are doing in your neighborhood.

Workshop at the 2013 Neighborhoods Summit

Workshop at the 2013 Neighborhoods Summit

Keynote speakers will include Ken Cockrel, executive director of Detroit Future City, who will be updating the community on the ambitious effort to promote neighborhood revitalization across the city. Representing Mayor Mike Duggan will be Lisa Howze, director of external affairs, who will share information on the city’s home auction program and other neighborhood improvement initiatives.

Through the generosity of our sponsors, the Kresge Foundation and Detroit Future City, we will provide a continental breakfast and lunch, as well as exhibitors offering a wide range of information on various programs and services.

And it’s all free!

Learn, Teach, Rise..

Click on the link to register and we’ll see you on Nov. 1

– Luther Keith is executive director of ARISE Detroit!

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