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.
On December 5th, Michigan Community Resources, in coordination with The Villages Communities will be hosting a community forum on how to improve neighborhood safety.
The forum will consist of multiple breakout sessions where experts will discuss a range of topics related to neighborhood safety including: Community Approaches to Neighborhood Safety; Creating a Community Safety Strategy; Improving Safety through Blight Mitigation and Target Hardening and The Utilization of Technology in Improving Neighborhood Safety. Confirmed presenters at the December 5th forum include: The Detroit Crime Commission, No More Broken Windows, Detroit Police Department; Wayne State University Center for Urban Studies and representatives from neighborhood groups across Detroit who have been effective in developing community responses to neighborhood safety concerns.
The forum will take place at the Church of the Messiah beginning at 6pm and running until 8pm. All are welcome. If you have any questions or simply want to RSVP your participation, please contact Michigan Community Resources Education and Outreach Program Manager, Dalton Roberson, Jr. at (313)969-7197 or via email at DRoberson@MI-Community.org
NOW Open Detroit Vegan Soul
8029 Agnes, between Van Dyke and Parker
The Villages of Detroit welcomes this outstanding take on
vegan foods. Great menu and great folks.
DVS and owners Erika Boyd and Kirsten Ussery are featured in this Detroit News article on the array of new restaurants opening.
Nothing to do? Not in The Villages of Detroit! Lots of home brew and major nearby events and activities to enjoy. Updated list for Fall and beyond right here.
The Belle Isle Conservancy and the Villages Community Development Corporation are pleased to announce that the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has installed reproductions of its most famous masterpieces from its collection to the Villages and 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 third 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.
“Having the artwork of the DIA on display in our communities lets us know how fortunate we are to have a world class museum in our city.” says Brian Hurttienne, Executive Director of the Villages CDC. “We are happy to host the art and let our neighbors and friends find out about our wonderful community!“
“Belle Isle has new treasures with these great works of art on view for everyone!” says Michele Hodges, President of the Belle Isle Conservancy. “We are so happy to have the support of the City of Detroit Recreation Department with the DIA to have this installation happen. Inside|Out is yet another great reason to visit the Villages and Belle Isle”.
The DIA will be working with several area organizations to plan educational opportunities and other fun activities throughout the next couple of months. Look for announcements on the Belle Isle and Villages Facebook pages or our websites www.BelleIsleConservancy.org or www.thevillagesofdetroit.com for a map to all of the pieces and a listing of programs celebrating our participation in DIA Inside|Out. Check out location MAP HERE
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 Work restaurant 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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