The Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning is holding community conversations throughout the city this spring and expects to present a "Strategic Framework" for the city, think of it as a decision-making guide for the city, in August. Pilot projects for things like urban farming could follow that.
"We think there opportunities for cultivated landscapes," says Toni Griffin, a lead of the technical team for the Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning
. "There are a lot of conversations being held about urban agriculture."
The Detroit Works team will work with a number of community organizations to host the series of community conversations over April and May. Three community conversations will be held in each of the four sections of the city: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Central/Near East. The bottom line is to further extend the community dialogue so everyday citizens can help mold the Detroit Works planning process.
Former state Rep Steve Tobocman, one of the contributors to Detroit Works, points out that "every neighborhood (in the city) has a future."
"One of the strong suits of this process is that it has reached out to every aspect of our community for input," says George Jackson, steering committee chair for Detroit Works.
Source: Toni Griffin, Steve Tobocman and George Jackson, organizers of Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning
Writer: Jon Zemke
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