Help us make Detroit's neighborhood descriptions and city map right
Here's how Detroit residents can help us create a comprehensive local guide
Last year, we launched TheNeighborhoods.org with a few things in mind: Communicating with Detroit residents about ongoing updates from city government, creating more media and content for and from Detroiters, and sharing our stories from the city with the world.
But above all, The Neighborhoods is a place where you can learn more about your neighborhood — or a neighborhood you’d like to call home someday. One of the more popular features of the site is the clickable citywide map, in which more than 200 neighborhoods across the city each have their own page that has descriptions of the area and key statistics, ranging from number of homes in the neighborhood to number of schools and parks, available for perusal.
Some neighborhoods, however, are missing descriptions. A handful of neighborhoods are missing pages altogether. We’ve also received feedback on neighborhood names and boundaries, or if neighborhood descriptions can be edited.
Here’s where we need your help.
We’re inviting Detroiters to help us make sure the map is right, and to make sure each neighborhood’s profile is reflective of the neighborhood. All you have to do is tell us what we need to fix, and we will take the appropriate action to make it right.
Have a look around the map, find your neighborhood, and let us know what’s needed. How? You can do so in a few ways:
1. If you’re reading this on Nextdoor, feel free to drop me a message on Nextdoor in my inbox and I’ll follow up directly.
2. Email me at FoleyA@detroitmi.gov or email our general inbox at TheNeighborhoods@detroitmi.gov.
3. If you’re reading on Facebook, leave a message underneath this post or drop a message in The Neighborhoods’ Facebook message inbox.
4. Contact your City of Detroit district manager or deputy district manager, who can also follow up with me.
Making sure all Detroiters have a sense of place is key not just to our city’s progress, but our city’s identity. Here’s a chance for all of us to make sure we’re being seen here.