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Detroit Future City unveiled; project receives $150M from Kresge

DETROIT — After more than two years of planning, the Detroit Works Project Long-Term Planning unveiled its plan to re-imagine the city of Detroit at an open house Jan. 9 at their home base at 2929 Russell St., in Eastern Market.

Dubbed Detroit Future City, the project provides a long list of recommendations for reframing the city’s development over the next 50 years. The “framework” covers multiple elements including:

– Economic growth, focusing on seven employment districts where job growth is already occurring, and encouraging local entrepreneurship

– City systems would include innovative landscapes that would actively clean the air and water.

– Neighborhoods: Quality-of-life issues will be addressed in all neighborhoods, while some will fuse art and industry in “Live+Make” neighborhoods.

– Land use, divided into three typologies: neighborhood, industrial and landscape.

– Civic engagement, which would involve informing, educating and equipping key stakeholders to continue to “take the plan to the city.”

The effort is led by project manager Toni Griffin, of New York City.

While the cost of realizing Detroit Future City is yet unknown, the Kresge Foundation pledged Jan. 9 to donate $150 million over five years to go toward implementing the project.

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