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9 January 2013

A New Vision for Detroit

A New Vision for Detroit

After two years of work and some 30,000 conversations with the public, a diverse coalition has introduced “Detroit Future City,” a broad vision for a prosperous, connected, just and sustainable Detroit. Informed by an in-depth study of the city, “Detroit Future City” presents both visionary and practical ideas for moving this important American city forward.

The Ford Foundation believes that public participation is an essential ingredient of any successful urban planning process—and we are dedicated to Detroit, having committed $47 million to the region over the past five years alone. As part of our continuing support, we provided funding that helped make community engagement central to the work of assembling “Detroit Future City.” This resulted in tens of thousands of conversations, ideas and suggestions from Detroiters that greatly informed the final product, which includes recommendations to improve the quality life for all of the city’s residents.

“Now more than ever before, we believe that the knowledge and innovation emerging in Detroit can not only unlock the potential of the city, but serve as a model for other cities across the country,” said Pablo Farías, the foundation’s vice president of Economic Opportunity and Assets, at an event marking the launch of the report. The framework “is a sign of incredible progress and momentum, and today marks an exciting step forward for the city.”

An editorial in the Detroit Free Press also offered praise for the new vision: The “long-awaited strategic framework is more than a plan for stanching the city’s infrastructural bleeding—it’s a blueprint for how a decaying city can reinvent itself.”

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The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

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