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What's Up in the D

There is the Detroit you hear about and think you know...and then there is the Detroit experienced at the League's 2013 Convention. But don't take our word for it. Check out some of these videos and see what others are saying too:

A Pleasant Surprise: Reflecting on Detroit's Downtown Revitalization

SXSWi: "We are Moving to Detroit and So Should You"

A Pleasant Surprise: Reflecting on Detroit's Downtown

Ad for new Google Map App Features Detroit

Detroit Dedication: Beyonce

Real Homes inside the city of Detroit

Placemaking, Detroit Style

Successful placemaking is not about implementing a “one size fits all” step-by-step method that works in every situation. It is a dynamic, strategic approach to economic revitalization based on individually evaluating each community’s strengths and weaknesses in the core “quality of life” issues—and then developing tools and strategies that use those strengths to meet the challenges at hand.

The following case studies show some of the ways Detroiters have successfully enhanced their sense of place using this dynamic approach in creative and surprising ways.

hatchHatch Detroit
The Hatch Detroit Contest seeks to give life to big ideas by granting $50,000 to the best, most innovative and promising local retail business concepts.


alleyThe Alley Project (TAP)
A garage studio and alley gallery that showcases legal street art produced by local youth and community members. Professional artists, teens, and neighbors have worked together to build an infrastructure for creative expression and community responsibility in a neighborhood that is diverse and thriving but also sees a high rate of illegal activity.

futballDetroit City Futbol League
A very recreational adult co-ed soccer league based around neighborhoods designed to bring communities together in a fun and unique way while marketing different areas of the city. In its third season the league consists of teams representing 28 Detroit neighborhoods with nearly 800 registered participants, over 80 percent of whom are city residents.


A pop-up retail initiative that partners community leaders, building owners, entrepreneurs, and artists to activate vacant storefronts with transformational businesses and art installations. Businesses have included eateries, galleries, and clothing shops, among many other entrepreneurial ventures.

dequindreDequindre Cut
The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a 1.35-mile intown recreational path developed through a public, nonprofit, and private partnership that offers a pedestrian link between the Detroit Riverfront, Eastern Market, and many residential neighborhoods.

diaDIA Inside|Out
Inside|Out brings 80 reproductions of masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) museum’s collection to the streets and parks of greater metro Detroit, pleasantly surprising and delighting residents of the participating communities and engaging them in dialogue about art.

recycleRecycle Here
Recycle Here! started out as a traditional drop-off center in a community with few recycling options. Through the creativity of its staff, volunteers, and participating citizens, it has become a community gathering place and a showcase for artists and musicians.

artist'Artist Village Detroit
The Artist Village serves as a creative hub for artists, students, business owners, and neighbors living and working in the heart of Old Redford. A once abandoned commer­cial strip serves as the center of the village and houses the historic Redford Theatre, a small coffee shop, vintage clothing store, and an art education program.

soupDetroit Soup
A small group of individuals looking to make a difference in their community and trying to find a tool to financially support them in a modest way. The size of SOUP dinners are largely dependent upon the venue but can grow to over 100 participants with awards ranging from $500-2,000.


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