When I started Challenge Detroit, I wanted to be intentional about continuing my transit advocacy work and maintaining some level of participation in the transit conversations happening in Detroit. I’ve been to some great events the last few months and made a list of my favorites:
Fair Fares Town Hall: Motor City Freedom Riders hosted a community town hall meeting at Cass Corridor Commons to engage bus riders on DDOT’s proposed fare increase in September. I designed the flyer!
Mobility Week Detroit: A week of events on mobility innovation in Detroit, including Techstars Mobility Demo Day, where companies from the mobility startup accelerator presented their businesses.
Dearborn Multimodal Transportation Plan Presentation: After a year of planning and community engagement the City of Dearborn presented a draft of their (ambitious!) multimodal plan.
Mobili-D Happy Hour: The City Solutions team at Ford hosts this happy hour every third Thursday, organized by fellow Alexa Borromeo!
Riding With Aunt DDOT: Artist Bree Gant had a screening of her short film “Riding with aunt DDOT” at Redbull Arts Detroit in Eastern Market.
Civic Data Happy Hour: Jerry Paffendorf and Geoff Perrin host this happy hour at Queens bar downtown on cities, data, transit, housing, tech, and more.
Untokening Detroit: This conference at Marygrove college focused on bringing marginalized communities to the center of the mobility and transit conversation..
Mobility and Transit Panel: Transit Riders United hosted a panel discussion facilitated by Stephen Henderson with Elliot Darvick of Lyft, Lisa Nuszkowski of Mogo, and Gary Bulluck of the Detroit Office of Mobility Innovation.
Automotive Design, Mobility, and the Built Environment: AIA Detroit presented a screening of “Abstract: The art of design” and a panel of designers and architects including Chrysler head of design Ralph Gilles.