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Impact Project: Roosevelt Park

Roosevelt Park lies beneath Michigan Central Station (below), an iconic and currently unused structure, and acts as a transitional public place between the Corktown and Southwest neighborhoods and commercial districts.

 

We worked with Human Scale Studio, an urban planning firm that exists at the intersection of community engagement, tactical urbanism, and long-range planning to help them answer […]

Living and Playing Detroit: Visits From Home

The month of May brought visitors from home into my life in Detroit.

In early May, I drove to Fort Wayne, IN to meet up with a colleague and mentor from Phoenix. Beth was the first to teach me about trim pieces, navigating a professional design studio, and how to buy and remodel her own home.

On […]

A Matter of Value(s).

A woman lives on the street in downtown Detroit. In need of help, people call for resources but assistance is not assured: it’s Memorial Day weekend and organizations are understaffed on this Friday afternoon.

Throughout this year, we’ve seen the way various non and for profit companies operate.

Let’s take two abstracted company models that you might find in […]

Magical Realism in Detroit

I experienced my first midwestern winter this year in Detroit. Maybe it was the shorter days, or the people seen less frequently, or the fog that hugged Lafayette Park and diffused the lamp glow. Whatever the case, I found it a new experience that left room for interesting human interactions, a sort of magical realism, ¿verdad?

Sitting […]

Give Detroit: Advancing Systemic Change

As one of the five Challenge Detroit pillars, Give Detroit is a major component of the fellowship. In addition to quarterly service events in which we all take part, there is a monthly requirement for service hours. So far this year, fellows have delivered meals to seniors through Focus: HOPE and volunteered at the Clark […]

Why Challenge Detroit?

A little over a year ago, I hit the “submit” button on my  Challenge Detroit application from my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. I had never been to Detroit.

I didn’t tell many people that I had applied. After all, it was just Phase 1: a pitch and resume. And a few weeks later, when I made […]

Local Leaders Propel Detroit

In January, President Obama visited Detroit, where he attended the North American International Auto Show and visited Midtown.

There has been a lot of discussion about where the president directed his time, energy, and dollars while in Detroit. A discussion that is part of the larger conversation in Detroit about investment and development in the Midtown/Corktown/Downtown […]

Transformation Through Design Thinking

“Other than an orange traffic cone, what else could this object be?”

My challenge group was asked this question as a creative warm-up exercise during our most recent project with Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

A hat, a leaky ice cream cone, a peg leg? A megaphone, or maybe a sand castle mold?

 

As part of our Challenge Detroit […]

A Day in the Life: 2 Ways

Life as a Challenge Detroit Fellow can feel like a binary existence, balancing life at our host companies and as fellows during Challenge Fridays. Here’s an example of a day in the life as a fellow at my host company, Mosher Dolan, and during a Challenge Friday.

At my host company:

6:20 am Alarm sounds for the third time, I hear […]

Becoming a Local: Supporting Local Businesses in Detroit

Last week, our first Challenge Project came to a close. Over the course of five weeks, we worked with the Mayor’s Office to contribute to a small business directory initiative. This directory is an opportunity to increase awareness of small businesses throughout the whole city and demonstrates the city’s support of neighborhoods, their economies, and their people.

Aside […]