the Department of Neighborhoods

As is customary, this morning we took part at the DONs‘ meeting. Today’s meeting was our last and for the occasion we prepared a tiramisù for the entire staff; they helped us so much in these two months in Detroit so what better way to thanks them than a home-made italian tiramisù? We waited the end of the meeting and we ate all together our dessert: they loved it so much!

For get back to our research, today’s meeting has focused on the end of Motor City Makeover and on what the City can do for continue to fix Detroit and on how the City can do for involve its citizens more. It was an interesting meeting and, in general, everyone was satisfied about how Motor City Makeover was done. There was also a short speech of the Detroit Land Bank and of the Public Lighting Authority. They discussed also about the imminent launch of the QLine, the new tram-line on Woodward Ave (the opening day will be next Friday, May 12th). In all the last month were held , The following photo show one of the streetcars that pass in front of MOCAD (the Museum of Contemporary Arts Detroit) during these tests.

Credits: Instagram page “puredetroit313”


These two months of DONs’ meeting were very helpful for us because, apart from all the contacts that we took, we could get a clear idea on what is happening now in Detroit, on how the City is working on and what are the main issues requiring a solutions (for example increase public lighting, fix sidewalks, the problem of storm water, bord up houses and remove dumping areas, etc…).

Public Lighting Authority

Detroit Land Bank

ADA Ramp and Sidewalk Requirements

Storm Water

Water and Sewerage Department

METRO TIMES – Board up Detroit’s houses

CRAIN’S DETROIT BUISNESS – Board up Detroit’s houses

FACEBOOK PAGE – District 6 Board Up Team!

For lunch we decided to go to eat an hamburger for the last time at Slow Bar BQ on Michigan Ave and we also bought their fantastic sauces for take them home. To all those of you going to Detroit, please go to eat  at Slow Bar BQ: they are amazing (our favourite is “the Special Purpose“)! After this good lunch we decided to dedicate all the afternoon on a shopping spree: following a list of stores where you can go for buy clothes, souvenirs and much more.

Pure Detroit

The Peacock Room

The Salvation Army

City Bird

Flo Boutique


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