What’s Trending in District 7

District 7 residents,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Littlefield Community Association on being awarded a 2015 Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) Placemaking Grant for District 7.  The grant opportunity was made possible with the generous support of the Kresge Foundation.

Placemaking is the process of people coming together to design, plan, implement and use great public spaces at the heart of their communities. One grant was chosen in each of the seven (7) city council districts. Successful projects demonstrated a link between their idea and a challenge identified by the neighborhood such as concerns around safety or access to public spaces. Projects also had to have a strong community engagement process and show involvement of their neighbors in planning, implementing and using the space.  Littlefield’s Hearts and Hands Joining Together Park Project was selected by CDAD for District 7.

Great work Littlefield Community Association in helping to strengthen our neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for Detroit residents!

For more information on CDAD’s Neighborhood Placemaking Grant, contact Madhavi Reddy, Strategic Framework Manager at madhavireddy@cdad-online.org, 313.832.4566.


Your partner in Detroit’s resurgence,


Gabe Leland
Detroit City Council – District 7

Movies Under the Stars – August 21st, 2015

Movie Flyer - August-page-001

DFC’s Ideas For Innovation Event, featuring Keynote Speaker, Roxanne Qualls, Former Mayor of Cincinnati

DFC’s Ideas for Innovation is a program series to connect the DFC Strategic Framework, Detroiters and the DFC Implementation Office together to engage in dialogue on moving the city forward. The program will also provide a set of publications that build from the events and serve as a resource to guide action across stakeholder groups. 


               event one
The Making of a Great City

In order to truly allow innovation to flourish within the city, what are the key ingredients needed for success? Speakers from Detroit and around the country will discuss some of these key ingredients, including alignment around a shared vision, strong civic leadership, commitment to civic design and participatory implementation.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 6 p.m.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

GM Auditorium 

Keynote speaker:
  • Roxanne Qualls
    Assistant to the Provost for Civic Affairs at Xavier University
    Former Mayor and City Councilmember of Cincinnati, OH
  • Jenn White
    Host of All Things Considered, Michigan Radio
  • Dayne Walling
    Mayor of Flint
  • Khalil Ligon
    Southeast Michigan Outreach Coordinator, Alliance for the Great Lakes
  • Gary Brown
    Chief Operating Officer, City of Detroit
Upcoming Ideas for Innovation events:
  • Opportunities for Innovation | May 2015 
  • Strengthening the City’s Neighborhoods | June 2015 
  • The Case for Open Space | July 2015 
  • Equitable Growth | September 2015 
  • The Making of a Shared Regional Vision | October 2015

Volunteer Positions Available: Accountant/Treasurer and Assistant Secretary

If you would like to work with an active community and be a part of the resurgence of Detroit, we are looking for you!

Below are the positions and descriptions.  These positions are voluntary only.

ACCOUNTANT/TREASURER : (This is a voluntary elected position; no payment is offered.)


1. Central role is to maintain financial records for Littlefield Community Association, Inc.
2. Manages the association’s bank account by depositing all money into a dedicated account  and by paying authorized bills
3. Provide balance accounts to Board and at community meetings
4. Collects club dues and issues receipts
5. Maintains receipts and disbursements, and prepares financial reports such as filing tax documents and keeping up-to-date financial records
6. Treasurer should understand and be aware of the association’s activities so that he/she may speak at any time about the financial feasibility of any suggested club action
7. Will be accountable to the executive committee as a whole, and to the Secretary individually for his actions and decisions


• Must have accounting background, detail-oriented skills that allow you to keep up with company expenditures, income, and tax requirements.
• Familiarity with accounting software is beneficial.
• Must be highly organized and enjoy working with numbers.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY: (This is a voluntary position; no payment is offered.)


1. Work with and report to Association Secretary
2. Attend Board meetings (when required) and community meetings
3. Take minutes at all meetings, review with Association Secretary, once approved distribute to Board members
4. Ensure meetings are effectively organized
5. Maintain effective records
6. Attention to detail

Note: These duties can change upon request from Association Secretary, or principal Board members.


The administrative assistant needs to be a well organized and pays attention to detail. Computer literacy, including the ability to use email and word processing and spreadsheet software, is helpful. Good interpersonal and communication skills are also important.

Alert: Detroit police are asking the public for help to locate missing 15-year-old Sharon Harris

According to a report by WXYZ — Detroit police are asking the public for help to locate a missing 15-year-old.

Police say Sharon Harris was last seen April 1 around 7 a.m. leaving her house in the 14300 block of Crescent Drive. She was headed to school.

Sharon is described as a black female, around 100 pounds with a thin build. She was last seen wearing a purple jacket, burgundy shirt and black pants.

We’re told she is in good physical and mental health.

If anyone has information regarding her whereabouts, please contact police at 313-596-5840.

Contact Information:
Detroit Police Department

Blight 101: An Educational Series

Detroit Future City’s Neighborhood Priority: Improving the Quality of Life in Neighborhoods

DFC’s Neighborhood Priority: Improving the Quality of Life in Neighborhoods

The DFC Strategic Framework recommends a variety of ways to strengthen Detroit’s neighborhoods by celebrating existing assets and strengths, while addressing specific challenges. The goal is to improve our quality of life in Detroit, with more sustainable, inviting, affordable, and diverse places to live.

The DFC Implementation Office’s Neighborhoods Priority focuses on stabilization through efforts to eliminate blight, improve public safety and improve neighborhood-level quality of place.  Additionally, through our civic engagement work, neighborhood stabilization is a strong component of all DFC Implementation Office priorities – economic growth, land use, city systems, and land and building assets.

To successfully catalyze the recommendations in the DFC Strategic Framework, the DFC Implementation Office executes initiatives and equips community partners with tools and opportunities to help them fuel their future neighborhoods of the future city.

Below are some examples of DFC’s work and the work of our partners that are helping to stabilize our neighborhoods.  These examples demonstrate how Detroit’s diverse range of neighborhoods can be experienced, celebrated, impacted and supported.

Experience Neighborhoods:

My Neighborhood, My Heritage
Student Views of Jefferson Chalmers: Pop-Up Photography Exhibit
October 22 – 25
Hello Again Records, 14401 E. Jefferson Ave. at Chalmers

The DFC Implementation Office is partnering with Michigan Historic Preservation Network’s Jefferson Chalmers Preservation Demonstration Project. Phase one was implemented in Spring 2014 and included three neighborhood workshops on caring for older homes. Phase two, entitled “My Neighborhood, My Heritage,” engages local students in exploring the history, cultural heritage connections and current conditions of their neighborhood through discussion and photography.  Visit the Michigan Historic Preservation Network website for additional information.

Invest in Neighborhoods: 

Knight Cities Challenge
Knight Cities Challenge is offering $5 million to uncover ideas to make cities more successful with a focus on how your idea advances talent, opportunity or engagement. Grant proposals are due November 14 at 5 p.m.   Detroit Future City is partnering with the Knight Foundation on an information session about the Challenge.  Register here for additional information. Visit the Knight Cities Challenge website for more information.

Kresge Detroit Neighborhood Project Initiative
In support of the DFC Strategic Framework, the Kresge Foundation launched the Kresge Innovative Projects Detroit, a new, $5 million, three-year initiative to fund Detroit-based nonprofits in their efforts to strengthen neighborhoods across the city.  The initiative will provide support through implementation grants and planning grants.  Applications are due December 2.  Visit the Kresge Foundation website for additional information.

ArtPlace America 
On September 11, the DFC Implementation Office partnered with ArtPlace to host a workshop for the fifth round of its National Grants Program and look at how arts and culture, when integrated into a larger set of strategies, can be used to implement community visions and help address community needs.  Those who want to apply must register to submit a Letter of Inquiry by 3:59 p.m. on November 3. Visit theArtPlacewebsite for additional information.

Impact Neighborhoods:

Fifth Annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Rising Summit
Saturday, November 1, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wayne County Community College-Downtown
The DFC Implementation Office executive director Kenneth Cockrel Jr. will be the keynote speaker for the ARISE Detroit Neighborhood Summit. Additionally, DFC staff will participate in sessions that will equip residents with strategies and tools to effectively address challenges including reducing crime, fighting blight, establishing neighborhood block clubs and repurposing vacant land. Visit the ARISE Detroit!website for additional information.

Creating Great Neighborhood Places in Detroit
Friday, October 24 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration and Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Tech Town, 440 Burroughs St. Detroit 48202
Placemaking is becoming one of the most widely used models to promote community development and engagement.  Join Community Development Advocates of Detroit to better understand what exactly Placemaking looks like at the neighborhood level and how can you utilize it to energize and revitalize your community.

CPAD ‘New Urban Places’ 
The DFC Implementation Office has joined with (community+public arts:DETROIT), an initiative of the College for Creative Studies, and Greening of Detroit to implement community-driven arts projects with a green infrastructure component in four neighborhoods. Come learn more and join the process! All meetings are from 6 p.m.– 8 p.m. on the dates and at the locations below.

       November 11 – Cody Rouge/ Don Bosco Hall 19321 W. Chicago St. Detroit, MI 48228
November 18 – NorthEnd/ Vanguard 2785 E. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48221
November 19 – Brightmoor/ City Covenant Church 13624 Stout St. Detroit, MI 48223
November 20 – Jefferson Chalmers/ Location TBD
Visit the CPAD website for additional information.