Thinking of putting kids in charge of things calls to mind a Richie Rich or a True Jackson, but in this case, it’s kids on the westside of Detroit who are running things.
“Welcome to my new home!” Maria Walkenbach shouts, arms raised and hands above her head as a steady stream of contractors, cameramen and, well, whoever else wanted to stop by to say hello.
Inside a two-bedroom home on Ashton Street in Warrendale, Walkenbach is all hugs, laughs and smiles. There is no furniture in any of the rooms, which are all freshly carpeted except for the kitchen, which has new laminate hardwood floors. Soon it will be full, because today, the former Southwest Detroit resident takes ownership of the home.
As part of ongoing Strategic Neighborhood Fund initiatives, the City of Detroit has commissioned a planning study to examine future development designed to benefit children in Warrendale and surrounding neighborhoods.
Several firms presented ideas to the westside communities at a forum last month, leading to the appointment of New York-based urban design, planning and civil arts studio Hector to lead efforts to make the Warrendale area the first with a focus on child development.
Invest Detroit and the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department invites residents from the Warrendale and Cody-Rouge areas for an all-day event on Saturday, July 14, to hear ideas from five design teams pitching the City on ideas for child-centered development in the neighborhoods.
From 8:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., each of the five teams will have a 40-minute presentation on their ideas to make the neighborhoods more amenable to families. There will be a 15-minute question-and-answer session following each presentation.
As Small Business Saturday approaches, The Neighborhoods will be highlighting small businesses across Detroit this week. Our first stop is Family Bakery in Warrendale.
At the corner of Joy Road and the Southfield Freeway is the infamous “Murder Mac” McDonald’s, a combination fast food stop and gas station that, as one might deduce, has been plagued with violent shootings over the years. It’s the stuff of Detroit legend, and it has sparked more than a few tweets, memes and even a dedicated Facebook page.
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.