||Detroit With a mix of community development and economic development, Detroit is focusing on its low-density commercial corridors and redeveloping select properties to provide residents with a variety of services.
With a mix of community development and economic development, Detroit is focusing on its low-density commercial corridors and redeveloping select properties to provide residents with a variety of services. The city is participating in the Project for Municipal Innovation (PMI), the Integration Initiative (TII), and the Catalyst Fund with the goal of increasing opportunity for residents.
Currently, Detroit’s low-density commercial corridors are not meeting their potential to be high-quality districts that drive local business success. Detroit’s Woodward Corridor Initiative (WCI) is one of the efforts working to “redensify” Detroit’s urban core by improving safety, schools, employment and small business opportunities. Specifically, WCI is encouraging anchor institutions to “live local, hire local, and buy local” and fostering land use planning, transit corridor development and neighborhood revitalization designed to secure direct benefits for residents while attracting new investment.
A development of homes near a hospital in DetroitA young man stands in front of his employer's building in Detroit, MI
Additionally, Southwest Housing Solutions, a leading provider of human services, and housing and economic development in Detroit, has leveraging funds from Living Cities Catalyst Fund to purchase a four-story historic building on Michigan Avenue to provide low-income community residents with access to a one-stop shop for primary medical care and counseling services.
Living Cities continues to work with partners in Detroit to deploy blended capital solutions that improve outcomes for the city’s low-income residents and communities of color.
WORK IN DETROIT
The Catalyst Funds: Our Impact Investing
We deploy concessionary, flexible debt from socially motivated investors to improve the lives of low-income people and the communities where they live.
BLOG POST by Nadia Owusu, Apr 4, 2014
Celebrating the First Three Years of the Integration Initiative
The Integration Initiative
Our signature, multi-city initiative supports cities that are reshaping programs, policies and resource allocation to achieve enduring change that benefits low-income people.
BLOG POST by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Bradford Frost, Apr 4, 2016
The Evolution of Collective Impact in Detroit
BLOG POST by Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Benjamin Kennedy, Jul 1, 2015
$30 Million Now Available for Detroit’s Main Street
The Project on Municipal Innovation
We work with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center to convene and support a network of mayoral chiefs of staff and policy leaders who advance transformative change through innovation in city government to improve the lives of residents.