People, Progress and Challenges
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Buy Tickets
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
5.0 CE Clock Hours for social workers (provider MICEC #0067)
$109.00 per person, includes bus transportation, lunch, all admissions, fees and program materials as well as a certificate of attendance upon completion of the program.
Pick up at Southfield Public Library or meet at the 5e Gallery, Midtown resident
 
Presenters: 
Linda Yellin, LMSW: private practice; Founder, Feet on the Street Tours
Piper Carter: co-owner, 5e Gallery; community activist
Mona Ross: owner 234 Winder St. Inn; President, Brush Park Community Development Corporation
Scott Lowell: co-owner, Traffic Jam & Snug; Cass Corridor property developer
Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt: founder, Patronicity and LaunchGood, Midtown Detroit
 
Description: 
Midtown Detroit is a diverse area made up of many neighborhoods, including Brush Park, the Cultural Center/museum district, New Center, and the Cass Corridor, each with their own character; small businesses, retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues; blighted properties and rehabbed apartments from affordable to high end lofts, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and social service agencies. Midtown is home to many new residents, community activists and creatives, along with low-income senior residents. Participants in this program will learn about current and future redevelopment efforts. We will discuss important questions, including: What is revitalization? What is its effect on people? Does it leave the disadvantaged behind? How do the opinions of the various stakeholders differ? By experiencing and exploring the Midtown area up close and hearing from the community activists, developers, and residents making a difference in the community today, we will increase awareness of the tensions around these issues, and gain an understanding of the challenges of progress, and the resources available.    
 
Agenda:

9:00 AM :  Registration, participants meet at the Southfield Library

9:30 AM :  Depart from the Southfield Public Library for the 5e Gallery in Midtown Detroit         

10:00 AM:  Arrive & meet other participants at the 5e Gallery, tour and presentation by Piper Carter -- building community in an area with diverse needs; outreach efforts to youth through art, music and technology 

11:00 AM:  Bus tour with Linda Yellin “Overview of Midtown": Cass Corridor, Cultural District, and the new Sugar Hill area, showing progress, challenges, new developments, and people making a difference  

12:00 PM:  Visit 234 Winder Street Inn, presentation and bus tour of Brush Park with Mona Ross, balancing growth with new and old residents 

1:00 PM:  Lunch at Traffic Jam & Snug with presentation by owner and Cass Corridor property developer Scott Lowell – community resources; revitalization in the shadows of blight

2:00 PM :  Neighborhood tour, a few blocks of walking to highlight rehabbed apartments and properties in various stages of revitalization 

2:30 PM :  Visit Green Garage, tour and presentation with Chris Blauvelt

3:30 PM :  Program ends, return to the 5e Gallery, sign out and receive certificates, bus departs for Southfield library

4:00 PM :  Arrive back at Southfield Library

 

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