Quiet. Quaint. Quirky.
Located three miles east of downtown, along the Detroit River, the Villages of Detroit are a unique collection of waterfront communities each with authentic personality and charm. This includes historic neighborhoods, high-rise condos, edgy lofts and apartments, and affordable rental properties and new construction homes.
It’s no surprise that with this diverse housing comes diverse people. Artists, students, doctors and lawyers all call the Villages home. And they work together to make it a great place to live. From monthly cocktail parties and progressive dinners to neighborhood clean-ups and community gardens, people here are close-knit and involved, ready to make a difference in their neighborhood, the city and the world.
SUMMER IN THE CITY, IN AND AROUND THE VILLAGES OF DETROIT
Nothing to do? Not in The Villages of Detroit! Lots of home brew and major nearby events and activities to enjoy. Mark your calendars now for these events:
The Movement Electronic Music Festival- THIS WEEKEND
A short bike ride away from the Villages, over at Hart Plaza is Detroit’s world class electronic music festival.
The Movement Electronic Music Festival features: five technologically-rich outdoor stages; more than 100 artists; free Wi-Fi access on the grounds; a posh VIP setting located up and behind the main stage; dozens of official afterparties around the city; an interactive technology center featuring the hottest gear in the industry; and several art displays to stimulate the senses. Over 107,000 people from around the globe attended the 2012 festival.
Awards + accolades received by the festival include:
• Resident Advisor’s “Global Festival of the Month” for May 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2007.
• “Best Niche Festival” 2011 Rolling Stone.
• #1 on the 2010 New York Post list of “10 Outstanding Music Fests.”
• “Best Annual Event” by the Real Detroit Weekly reader’s survey in 2012, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
• “Best Festival” by Metrotimes reader’s survey in 2012, 2011 and 2009.
• “Best Festival of the Year” by Metromix.com’s reader’s survey in 2012, 2011 and 2009.
• “Festival of the Year” by URB Magazine reader’s survey in 2008.
• It begins at noon each day and ends at midnight. The first day of the 2013 festival is Saturday, May 25 and the last day of the festival is Monday, May 27.
More info at: http://movement.us/
2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returns to the Motor City May 31-June 2, 2013. The event will feature the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. The weekend collectively is referred to as the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and in 2013 it will feature IndyCar doubleheader races on Saturday and Sunday – the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.
More info at: http://www.detroitgp.com/
WYCD Downtown Hoedown
Next weekend over at Comerica Park The 31st Anniversary of the WYCD Downtown Hoedown is three days of fantastic entertainment by over 40 artists on three stages, to be held on May 31, June 1 and June 2, on the grounds surrounding Comerica Park!
More info here: http://wycd.cbslocal.com/2013-downtown-hoedown-lineup/
West Village Summer Party 6/5/13
All The Villages folks have one thing in common: They enjoy getting together to celebrate the season and their community. West Villagers show how its done at the upcoming West Village Summer Party, Weds. June 5th 6:30pm over at the Shipherd Greens Community Gardens. Bring a dish to share and the liquid of your choice.
Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour 6/8/13
Some of the Villages most beautiful and historically rich houses and gardens will be on display the Saturday, June 8.
The Historic Indian Village Home and Garden Tour is celebrating the 118th anniversary of our elegant, historic neighborhood. This is the tour’s 40th year. It is the second oldest tour of its kind in Michigan, preceded only by the Marshall Michigan Historic Home Tour. For more info:
Orion Music Festival
Detroit is second to no one when it comes to rock and roll. Witness this year’s Orion Festival to be held on June 8 and 9 on Belle Isle. More info at:
Jazz’in on Jefferson- Father’s Day Weekend
Our community partners over at The Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA) presents the 10th annual summer outdoor jazz festival, Jazzin’s on Jefferson – an outdoor music festival for the entire family on Father’s Day weekend.
The event takes place Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15 on Jefferson Ave., between Marlborough and Ashland (one block west of Alter).
All-Star Tribute Band featuring Thornetta Davis wsg Benny Reeves
Several pop-up businesses in newly renovated storefronts in the Historic Jefferson-Chalmer Business District.
FREE Kidzone on Saturday
Beer and liquor tents
Eastside Farmers Market (EBT accepted)
Neighborhood Waterfront Tours (provided by Show Me Detroit Tours)
For detailed information, please visit:www.jazzinonjefferson.com
DIA’s Inside/Out Project Comes to The Villages this Summer
The Villages of Detroit Community Development Corporation is pleased to announce that the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will be bringing reproductions of its most famous masterpieces from its collection to a number of Viilages neighborhoods as well as Belle Isle, pleasantly surprising and delighting residents from July through September, 2013. Sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 2013 is the fourth year of the DIA’s installation of their popular project, Inside|Out, where they bring framed reproductions to the main streets and landmark outdoor spaces in Southeast Michigan.
The DIA will be working with several area organizations to plan educational opportunities and other fun activities. For more info check out the Inside|Out Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/dia.insideout
New full-time businesses announced for The Villages!
We announced in partnership with DEGC the line-up of new businesses coming to the Agnes block at the Fall festival. Here is the info from the DEGC :
|THE VILLAGES GOES FROM POP TO PERMANENT RETAIL AND RESTAURANTSDetroit, Michigan, 10/27/12 – The Villages Community Development Corporation, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), and the owners of the Parkstone Apartments and West Village Manor are supporting the opening of four new permanent retail establishments in the new Villages Business District located on Agnes Street between Parker and Van Dyke. The four new businesses are:Craft Workrestaurant and bar, which will feature a simple, well-executed menu for a casual, full-flavored dining and drinking experience. It is owned by Michael Geiger and Hubert Yaro. “The West Village is a wonderful historic Detroit neighborhood with great potential for the future. We hope to participate in the overall revitalization of the city by serving current residents and by attracting new visitors to the district,” Geiger said. He currently serves as a culinary arts instructor at the Art Institute of Michigan. Yaro is a partner at Ronin Sushi in Royal Oak and Commonwealth in Birmingham.Detroit Vegan Soul, a 100-percent vegan soul food cafe that is owned by Erika Boyd and Kirsten Ussery and was a finalist in the 2012 Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest. It offers a delicious, nutritious twist on soul food and comfort food, using only whole fresh (organic) foods without dairy, eggs, refined sugars or refined flours. “Historically this area has been a destination for good food and we want to bring that tradition back to the neighborhood. We live here, and we’re invested in improving the quality of life for the neighborhood,” Ussery said.Red Hook Coffee Shop, which will serve Stumptown Coffee and Pinwheel Bakery pastries. Coffee will be made-to-order each morning using the “pour over” method and pastries will include fresh baked banana bread, oatmeal cream pies and shortbread cookies. Sandi and Andrew Heaselgrave are the owners and residents of Detroit who “want to support our city. We believe The Villages could use a good cup of coffee.” The Red Hook also has a location in Ferndale.Tarot and Tea, a tea room with a focus on the mystical and healing arts, including tarot card readings and palmistry. The shop is owned by Nefertiti and will also sell teas, candles, crystals and locally designed clothing. “This neighborhood is conducive to electric, creative businesses that will prosper and help it to grow,” Nefertiti said. She currently owns and operates Textures by Nefertiti in Midtown Detroit.The retail stores and restaurants are supported by a partnership between DEGC’s Detroit REVOLVE, The Villages CDC, Parkstone Apartments and West Village Manor as part of an effort to recruit news businesses to The Villages.”This is a special neighborhood that is drawing high quality, independent businesses to serve existing residents and attract newcomers to the area. It is all part of our city’s resurgence,” said Michael Forsyth, program manager, Detroit REVOLVE.Brian Hurttienne, executive director, The Villages CDC, added: “Our pop-up retail stores gave us a taste of what was to come. Today we’re celebrating four permanent businesses operated by dedicated business and creative people who are committed to this neighborhood and to our city.”BackgroundREVOLVE is a collaborative program of the DEGC that partners with local leaders, building owners, entrepreneurs, and artists to activate vacant storefronts with transformational businesses and art installations. The goal of the program is to foster the evolution and vibrancy of Detroit’s neighborhood business districts.|
Model D talks about The Villages retail arriving in 2013
Executive Director Brian Hurttienne spoke to Model D on the latest news…
BULK PICK-UP TIMING IN THE VILLAGES
Best way to track pick-up in your area is to go to city website info source:
Each block may have a different date – so go to the City of Detroit website (www.detroit.mi.gov )and choose City Services at the top right of the page.
Then they can enter your street number and street name and it’ll give you bulk pickup dates, along with other info.
Housing and New Villagers
QUESTIONS ABOUT RECYCLING IN THE VILLAGES AND DETROIT?
GREEN TASK FORCE REPORT
GREEN Task Force – Vision of Greenways for Detroit’s Lower East Side
The GREEN Task Force, a coalition of Detroit-based non-profit groups, presents to you a vision and a realistic plan for creating a network of greenways on Detroit’s greater riverfront east. Just as greenways serve many functions – from recreational venues to economic linkages between neighborhoods – this report also aims at many goals. This plan serves as a catalyst for:
- Economic development
- A tool for bringing communities together
- A way of defining a new future for Detroit’s greater riverfront east
Based on more than a year of fact-finding and visioning, this outline for future greenways emerged from a well-founded process that listened to multiple stakeholders across a broad spectrum of Detroit; that is rooted in a systematic analysis of data, particularly the unique characteristics of the area; that has been benchmarked to successful national precedents for walkable urban communities; and that was developed with the assistance of a respected national design firm based in southeast Michigan.
We believe this report paints a picture of greenways that will belong not to the privileged few but to everyone in this great diverse city. To that end, our effort has provided not only a framework for understanding and moving forward with physical improvements, but a vision of hope. This hope lies in a framework to support sustainable neighborhoods: urban places that bring people together, that encourage healthy lifestyles, that are catalysts for community and economic development, and that foster environmental stewardship.
This is our vision. This is our hope. This is our act of faith in us and our city.
For more information and a complete download of this important report check out our Greenways page:
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