In this page there is collection of differens maps/plans that we found during our researches on Detroit (web-sites, magazines, newspapers, internet resources etc…) and during our tours around the City (in public buildings, libraries, departments, stores, government and public offices etc…). Our idea is to compare all these maps and try to understand why people have so many different visions about Detroit’s neighborhoods borders and how much they are similar to the “official maps” that the City is using for planning his territory. For better pursue this project we have included in our questionnaire an optional question in which we ask the inhabitants to describe (in words or with a drawing) their personal idea about the borders of their neighborhood.
Follow also a list of some respondents’ responses.
Loveland’s Detroit Neighborhoods Map
From Loveland Technologies, makers of Why Don’t We Own This, this is an attempt to pull together various understandings of neighborhoods in Detroit. A continually controversial topic and likely only get more confusing as the city “redevelops.”
We got tired of looking at a Detroit split up by zip codes, and all the neighborhood maps of Detroit that are half empty, so we created a map where Detroit is completely filled in with neighborhoods.
We know it’s not 100% accurate (there’s probably no such thing as a completely accurate Detroit neighborhood map) so if you see things that are wrong, take it to the comments and let us know! The map will change as our understanding of peoples’ neighborhoods does!
We found this map on a WordPress blog called “DETROITography“, here the link on the blog-page where is published this map: DETROITography – Loveland’s Detroit Neighborhoods Map
Neighborhood boundaries as compiled by Department of Neighborhoods staff in concert with community groups in 2015.
The City of Detroit’s Department of Neighborhoods released their own update in 2015.
Neighborhood map inside the Fisher Building
We found this map inside the Fisher Building: this palace, known as “Detroit’s largest art object”, was originally conceived by the Fisher Brothers as an Ode to the American Work Ethic. Sitting at Detroit’s geographical and metaphorical center, this building is emerging as an engine of creativity and hub for the city. The Fisher Building hosted an exposition called “Maker CIty”, that is one of the differents steps included in the project called “Beacon Project” that two French photographer are pursuing from November 2016.
This exposition expands the use of the word “Maker” to include individuals working to build their communities and neighborhoods in resourceful and often astonishing ways. The map above is part of this project and show the neighborhood division on the basis of which the two curators of the expositions (Detroit photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard) have developed their project.
an exhibition of 27 large-scale works by Detroit photographers Michelle and Chris Gerard that highlight everyday heroes of Detroit: pastors, artists, small business owners, community activists and the like [-]. Each photo, accompanied by text that tells the individual story of the subject, will be installed in the series of vitrines that line the L-shaped arcade.
Through community activism, business incubation, culinary work, development, government leadership, Non profit work, musical and artistic projects based on neighborhood experiences, and pure innovation, these Makers and ChangeMakers are creating social, cultural and economic impact in hands-on, concrete ways.
Inside the Detroit Public Library
This interesting map doesn’t concern Detroit’s neighborhood but show the position of all the still open and already closed libraries in the City: on the wall, near this map, there were historical photos of all the now closing libraries of the City. Like schools, libraries are a typology of building that, when a city lose population, closes rapidly. In all Detroit area there are fifteen closed libraries and twenty-two (including the Main Library in Woodward Ave) that are, fortunately, stil open. This is an important food for thought.
ARISE Detroit’s Neighborhoods Day
Neighborhoods are the building blocks of any city. But in a city as geographically large as Detroit, simply keeping track of neighborhoods’ names and boundaries can be challenging. D3 analysts are continuing to collect Detroiters’ knowledge about their neighborhoods to refine and expand our neighborhood map.
DISTRICT 7 map
This is the District 7 plan on the basis of which District 7’s staff works on. We found this map in their headquarter, in the Adam Butzel Recreation Complex (10500 Lyndon, Detroit, MI 48238), and we asked if we could use it for our research.
According to Data Driven Detroit, a city-based organization that gathers and analyzes demographic data pertaining to Detroit, District 7 is home to 102,40 people, of which 87,792 are Black, 9,689 are White, and 2,579 are Latino. Other ethnicity groups in the district make up 2,355 of the population.