Detroit has been a city in flux for more than one hundred years. From its early days as a river trading post to the automobile era to the modern revitalization, Detroit never ceases to amaze with its ability to reinvent itself. There are many lessons in community development that practitioners and academics can learn from this city. For the Community Development Society, choosing Detroit for the 2018 international conference is a smart bet for the following reasons:
Dequindre Cut Bike Tour
Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Cut is an urban recreational path that runs from the Detroit riverfront to Eastern Market. A recent half-mile expansion extended the pathway to Mack Avenue at ground level, linking it to the cultural institutions of Midtown and beyond to Hamtramck via walking and biking paths. The pathway is also well known for its urban artwork and graffiti, including the 15-by- 100- foot Nature’s Wrath by Malt. To make it even more artsy, now through July, high-quality reproductions of masterpieces can be seen alongside the urban art “” as well as in locations across the metro area “” through the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Inside|Out program. Participants will take a bike tour through the cut to get the full experience.
Motown to EDM music walk
Detroit has long been the soul of music for decades. This workshop will be journey through the musical history of Detroit, including the Motown Museum and to the headquarters of the organizers of the annual Electronic Music Festival. See how music has been a key ingredient to fortifying the sense of community in Detroit.
Detroit’s farm to table restaurant boom
Detroit has become the most happening place in the US for high end cuisine, in part because of the farm to table movement and the expansion of urban farming in the city. This workshop will take a look at the genesis of urban farming in the city and how that connection with chefs and restaurants has led to a vibrant dining scene.
Innovations in nonprofits and philanthropy
Detroit Women’s Foundation, Write a House, River District Revitalization, philanthropy, particularly New Philanthropy among the growing set of urban young professionals in Detroit, has made an impact on the preservation and progress of Detroit. This workshop will visit some of the most innovative nonprofits serving the community of Detroit to explore how the partnerships of nonprofits and philanthropy are engaging in community development.
Community in boxing tour
Strap on your boxing gloves and come for a workout and a lesson in the power of comradery and spirit that the boxing gym offers. Hear how through the years the boxing gym has served to develop the character and social capital of its participants, ultimately leading to stronger communities.
Ummah – community connections through Islam
Metro Detroit is home to the largest Islamic community in the United States. Looking to escape political persecution and economic despair, Muslims have been emigrating to the United States and establishing lives in pursuit of the American Dream inn Dearborn. This MLW will take participants to visit and share with fellow community workers in the Islamic community in Dearborn. The tour includes a visit to a local mosque, dialogue with community leaders, and a sampling of local culinary fare.
Automotive history and future – tour of Henry Ford Museum
250 acres of innovation. 300 years of history. 26 million artifacts. Discover America — its culture, inventions, people and can-do spirit — and hundreds of hands-on ways to explore it, enjoy it and be inspired by it. Tour through the historic Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
Bringing manufacturing back – Detroit’s boutique specialty manufacturing revival
Take a look at how Detroit is leading the way in American manufacturing again through cottage and specialty manufacturing, leveraging the existing physical and human assets to forge a path into the 21 st century. This workshop will feature tours and discussions with the pioneers of Detroit’s new manufacturing - Shinola, Third Man Pressing (record manufacturing), Detroit Bikes, and the Packard plant revival. See how Detroit is taking steps into the future, building off the base they have.
A City Turned Canvas - Detroit Street Art
In this auto-centric area, you don’t have to park your car to see breathtaking beauty. It’s available — free of admission — on buildings, down alleyways and from 55 miles per hour. All of this outdoor art is possible in part because of the massive canvas potential that comes from Detroit’s changing landscape. “People are reclaiming empty spaces,” said Vince Carducci, dean of undergraduate studies at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit. “Detroit has always had a maker ethos. Artists are entrepreneurial, and they’re taking what’s perceived to be negative and turning it to a positive.” That’s precisely what has occurred over the past few years on gritty Grand River Avenue between Rosa Parks Boulevard and Warren Avenue. Works by the artist known as Malt, for example, who is featured prominently in the Grand River Creative Coordinator as well as in locations across the region, are recognizable by his forest scenes featuring birds and the juxtaposition of growth and decay — similar to a phoenix rising from the ashes. “One goal was to engage the creative community to take ownership of this area,” said Weaver, citing a sharp decline in territorial graffiti and vandalism since the project took hold. “Change has to start somewhere, and we start with art.” He’s not the only one. Property owners across the city are collaborating with street artists. When the venerable Grand Rapids pub HopCat came to town, founder and owner Mark Sellers worked with Weaver to commission soaring murals on every exterior wall, including Malt’s 1,500-square- foot, steely-eyed bird taking flight over the parking lot. This tour also includes Murals and Building Art in Detroit, One Campus Martius, The Heidelberg Project, How & Nosm, and The Z Parking Garage.
Detroit’s Promise – promoting post-secondary attainment through college access
In partnership with the city’s Detroit Promise Zone, the Detroit Promise, administered by the Detroit Regional Chamber, ensures that any Detroit-resident student graduating in the spring of 2017 from a high school in the city of Detroit will have a tuition-free path to an associate degree, technical certificate**, or bachelor’s degree at any one of five participating community colleges or 17 four-year universities.
Physical revival – Exploring housing innovations and Detroit’s architecture
Tiny houses, lighting the darkness, landmarks turned parking garages, this workshop explores the glories of Detroit’s past and the current challenges of and evolving city.
Ferndale Pride – Bringing the LGBTQAI community together and gaining allies
Ferndale Pride is the largest annual LGBTQAI event in Metro Detroit. The annual event has become a significant point of connection for the LGBTQAI community and their allies. This workshop will explore some of the history and significant spaces to the Metro Detroit LGBTQ+ community, as well the role that the Ferndale Pride event has had in to continuing to foster a sense of community and activism.
Gotta thing for cars, culture, gaming, music or sports? Detroit has your back with loads of thrilling events and mainstay attractions that cover every category. Detroit has the A to Z in top-notch experiences and to-dos. Have a blast filling your days and nights with a mixed bag of big-city fun, laid-back encounters, cultural wonders and high-octane entertainment.The automobile may be Detroit's biggest claim to fame – and we've got truck loads of car-lovin' activities year-round to prove it – but it's definitely just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to completely defining the Detroit experience. We've also got awesome art galleries and museums, America's greatest history attraction, Vegas-style gaming, Motown's first recording studio, beautiful beaches, shopping meccas and a fantastic foursome of professional sports teams. Plus, the people around here are just plain fun to hang with no matter the what, why or where.
Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Belle Isle
Designed by famous architect Albert Kahn, the conservatory features permanent displays of rare flora, including one of the largest municipally owned collections of orchids in the nation. Daily: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Belle Isle Aquarium
Zoo, (313) 852-4083; Aquarium, (313) 852-4141. The aquarium is open all year and houses freshwater stingrays, coral reef fish, electric eels and other unique displays. The zoo will not open this season due to cuts in the budget by the City of Detroit. The animals are moving to their new home, the Detroit Zoo. The Detroit Zoo is open year round, with extended evening hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Belle Isle Park
Accessible by a bridge at the foot of East Grand Boulevard, this 1,000-acre island park features a zoo, aquarium, conservatory, Great Lakes museum and plenty of room to hike, barbecue, watch boats, bicycle and more. Original landscaping by the Dean of American landscape architects, Frederick Law Olmstead. Daily 6am-10pm.
New home of the Detroit Tigers. State-of- the-art facility hosts ball games, concerts, and private events. Numerous locations and suites available with endless entertainment opportunities.
Detroit Institute of Arts
The DIA, among the top 10 museums in the country, offers over 100 galleries with art from ancient to modern times. Among the DIA's renowned works are French Impressionist, German Expressionist, American and Flemish paintings.
Detroit International Riverwalk
The Detroit International RiverWalk spans more than three miles, from Rose Parks Blvd. to the Belle Isle Bridge. This breathtaking feature offers the RiverWalk Café for guests to fuel up for an enjoyable walk, run, bike ride or just to relax.
Detroit is the New Black
Inspired by the city, combining minimalism and high street aesthetic to achieve the perfect balance of urban fashion.
Detroit Opera House/Michigan Opera Theatre
With superb acoustics and an orchestra pit large enough to accommodate 100 musicians, the restored 1922 theater is the home of Michigan Opera Theatre, which produces grand opera and presents a dance season. For ticket and show information, call (313) 237-SING (7464).
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Hall, one of Detroit’s most prized cultural and historic landmarks, was restored and modernized as part of the $60 million music center's project. See the Events Calendar for more information.
The largest outdoor farmers market in the nation, encompassing more than 43 acres and founded in 1841, moving to its present site in 1891. It is a large hub for the Michigan food industry with farmers, retailers, wholesalers and vendors.
Located in Detroit’s entertainment district, this elegant venue offers guests a unique site for corporate events, private parties, concerts and social gatherings with impressive technical capability and support, interactive entertainment, creative decor options and delectable catering.
Come see the best of Broadway at this elegant theater in the spectacular Fisher Building. Box office hours Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. when there's not a show. Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-7:30 p.m. when there is a show.
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant/Model Automotive Heritage Complex
Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the birthplace of the Model T- the most significant automobile of the 20th century. Come walk the floors where the first 12,000 Model T's were assembled.
Built in 1928 in the tradition of great movie palaces, the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Detroit hosts a variety of events, including Broadways shows, drama, comedy and musical events, and the annual holiday classic "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular," starring the Radio City Rockettes.
For great gaming action surrounded by a historic and bustling entertainment district in the heart of the city, there’s only one choice: Greektown Casino-Hotel. Always fun and friendly, and amidst the action. It’s where real Detroiters play! Must be 21.
Right in the heart of the city, and named for the late U.S. Sen. Philip A. Hart, this Isamu Noguchi- designed plaza is the site of Detroit's summer-long riverfront festivals and the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival.
London Chop House
In 1938, the London Chop House began a tradition of serving Detroit’s elite the finest aged steaks, chops and fresh seafood. Come experience a new era in fine dining.
Pool tables and a large dance floor provides an ideal backdrop for one of the city's legendary rock rooms. Place where Eminem rap battle from “8 Mile” occurred.
Opening in 1915 as the largest theatre in the world of its kind, The Majestic Theatre has been the site of memorable concerts from touring artists such as The Black Keys, George Clinton, Black Eyed Peas, Flaming Lips, Wilco, Sheryl Crow and more. Also a unique site for special events.
MGM Grand Detroit
The evolution of entertainment has arrived. Indulge your senses at our ultra chic hotel and resort- style spa. Or, feed your desires at three signature restaurants. Then, spark your imagination with the hottest gaming and lounges in the land.
A tribute to Detroit’s rich cultural heritage, MotorCity Casino Hotel offers an exciting combination of dining and entertainment in a unique gaming environment and luxury hotel. Easily accessible downtown location with secure self-parking and complimentary valet parking. 21 or older.
Long known as Hitsville USA, the museum is home of the world-famous Studio A, where The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and countless others recorded with the Funk Brothers. Group rates available for 20 or more visitors.
ST. Andrew's Hall, The Shelter & The Society Room
This iconic venue hosts a multitude of live acts and is a favorite of Detroiters. Composed of three versatile rooms including St. Andrew’s Hall, The Shelter and The Society Room. Conveniently located near Greektown and Detroit People Mover stops.
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