Posted by Shayna Pollock on March 28, 2012 | News
Knight Foundation and CEOs for Cities announce support for nine organizations
Detroit, Mich. – March 27, 2012 – Nine Detroit organizations that are accelerating citizen participation in public life will receive $65,000 through a partnership between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders.
The awards are part of Knight and CEOs for Cities’ joint effort to strengthen contemporary public life. Nationally, the two groups are exploring ways to foster more informed and engaged communities where people participate in decision-making, shape their neighborhoods with volunteer and civic commitments, enjoy communal spaces together and more.
In Detroit, individuals and institutions across the city are becoming part of a growing social innovation movement, seeding small-scale but transformational projects that are having an impact on community well being. This new support will strengthen a range of efforts – including virtual and real-world spaces where Detroiters can come together to discuss local issues, create new products and services and celebrate people having an impact on the city. A list of projects is below.
“Detroiters are blending entrepreneurship, creativity and civic action in imaginative ways. We hope these projects will…
Posted by Shayna Pollock on March 02, 2012 | City Dividends
New geo-coded data from the Center for Neighborhood Technology on housing and transportation costs further affirms that living in dense, livable communities is economical. According to an article on Atlantic Cities, from 2000-2009, housing and transportation costs increased at nearly twice the rate of incomes for the average American. Yet, for those in housing efficient locations, transportation costs only increased by half. Additionally, the data shows that when including transportation in the analysis of affordable housing, the percentage of neighborhoods considered “affordable” drops from 76 percent to 28 percent. When considering this data, which has far reaching policy implications, more expensive housing in city centers may actually be the more affordable option.
Posted by Shayna Pollock on July 22, 2011 |
Three CEOs for Cities partner cities, Cleveland, Detroit, and Memphis, will be placing a renewed emphasis on economic development in the coming months. Each one of only six pilot cities, they will be participating in The White House's Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative, an interagency program that aims to strengthen communities, neighborhoods, towns, and cities by strengthening the capacity of local governments to develop and execute economic visions and strategies. Through public-private partnerships and federal assistance, the cities will build comprehensive community plans that encourage economic growth and job creation.
In Cleveland, the program will focus on enhancing workforce development to maximize economic potential. Partners in Detroit will work to leverage High Speed Rail investment to spur economic revitalization in the downtown corridor. In Memphis, the program will focus on strengthening education and attracting new industry. Strong Cities, Strong Communities hopes to help cities throughout the nation by providing the resources necessary to bolster local economies.
For more information, read the release here.
Posted by Shayna Pollock on July 04, 2011 |
In The Young and the Restless, a report on the rapidly rising number of young, college educated people flocking to cities throughout the country, CEOs for Cities found that Detroit's population of 25-34 year olds with a four-year degree has increased by 59% since 2000. An article in the New York Times highlighted the thriving young culture and entrepreneurial spirit of Detroit thanks to the influx of the country's most mobile population. The article credited David Egner, CEOs for Cities partner and president and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation, as a main contributor to Detroit's newfound success. Hudson-Webber's 15x15 Initiative, which aims to bring 15,000 young, educated households to downtown Detroit by 2015, is working to attract and maintain a youthful talent pool. This "new generation of what city leaders are calling 'creatives'” is key to Detroit's resurgence and future success.
Posted by Shayna Pollock on March 21, 2011 |
CEOs for Cities partner organizations Wayne State University, The Kresge Foundation, and the Hudson-Webber Foundation are jointly sponsoring the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program. The fellows program aims to attract, develop, and retain promising young professionals to further the economic revitalization and development of Detroit. Accepting applications through April 15th, the fellows program will place professionals in public and non-profit agencies with the goal of turning the vision of Detroit’s future into reality.
Posted by Julia Klaiber on February 08, 2011 |
I'm not much of a football fan, but I'm a huge fan of the Chrysler commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. In it, the real star isn't the car at all, but rather the City of Detroit. Not even Eminem could steal the spotlight from the city whose dramatic fight for its future has been the subject of national media coverage. The commercial underscores what we know to be increasingly true about the connections between consumption and place. Just as with farmers' markets, where seeing the hands that grow your food makes it inherently more valuable, it suggests that the true value of the new Chrysler is where it is made -- in a city where "the hottest fires make the hardest steel," both literally and metaphorically. If you missed it, you can watch it here.
Posted by Shayna Pollock on January 25, 2011 |
“Live Midtown,” a neighborhood revitalization project in Detroit, promotes city living for employees of Detroit Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, and Wayne State University. The program, which is administered by the University Cultural Center Association, provides financial incentives for institutional employees to move intown. “Live Midtown” aims to stimulate the economy in Midtown Detroit through an influx of residents. Bob Riney, CEOs for Cities partner and executive vice president and chief operating officer for the Henry Ford Health System, hails the program for its ability to both create a vibrant urban area and its effectiveness in retaining employees by lowering travel time and commuting costs.
Posted by Julia Klaiber on March 05, 2010 |
All eyes are on Detroit, and so are ours. This week CEOs for Cities traveled to the Motor City to co-host the national Opportunity Dividend Summit with United Way for Southeastern Michigan, which serves a six-county area in what CEO Mike Brennan referred to as “the epicenter of the contraction.”
Last year, Brennan and his 100-person staff experienced a contraction of their own when they moved from a 12-story office building to an edgy new space in downtown Detroit. In the process two-thirds of them gave up their desks.
Posted by Julia Klaiber on February 25, 2010 | News
All eyes are on Detroit, including ours. CEOs for Cities will host our national Opportunity Dividend Summit in the Motor City next week with our partners at the United Way of Southeastern Michigan. And last week, Detroit's transit initiative, the privately funded M-1 line along Woodward Avenue, received a $25 million TIGER Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Recently Smart City was able to interview Matt Cullen, who is leading the M-1 initiative, about the impact he believes light rail can have on the city's redevelopment ambitions and why investing in Detroit now makes sense.
Posted by Sheila Redick on September 26, 2009 |
Time leads this week with a cover titled "The Tragedy of Detroit: How a great city fell -- and how it can rise again." It is the beginning of a year-long series on Detroit from multiple angles by magazines in the Time stable. The piece is generally fair, blaming the city's decline on the riots of 1967, subsequent white flight, the 20-year reign of Mayor Coleman Young and the deep friction he created with the suburbs, the auto industry and the UAW, and the politicians (particularly Rep. John Dingell) who enabled the industry to fight off higher standards that would have made them more competitive with foreign brands.
The result is a city of 900,000 residents, down from 1.85 million, spread over 138 square miles. The city is literally falling down, and there is little hope in the near-term of filling the city's many vacant, crumbling buildings.
Time's solution is to convert Detroit into the "Arsenal of the Renewable Energy Future." Arrgghh! Let's hope the reporting gets more sophisticated than this. A silver bullet for Detroit? There is no such thing -- for Detroit or any other city. Instead, it will take a combination…