Providing a set of tools that communities can use to collect data on paper or via a smartphone app, then export or visualize the data via an easy-to-use dashboard. The city of Detroit has used the tools, created by Code for America fellows, to track urban blight.
To foster a community of urban bike design by helping the East Side Riders - artists who build bikes as a means of expression - open a shop and expand
To mount an art installation on the abandoned Roosevelt Hotel highlighting the potential held by vacant urban spaces in collaboration with the Hygienic Dress League, the Detroit Civic Intervention and local community activist Philip Cooley
Knight Foundation invests in community success by supporting civic innovation, founded on robust civic engagement, in talent, opportunity and place. In Detroit, we focus on innovative places, talent and civic infrastructure that accelerate Detroit’s revitalization.
We invest in places that accelerate talent and advance opportunity. Some of our initial investments emphasize the Eastern Market and TechTown districts, but we are also seeking prototype investments in other areas of Detroit primed to accelerate talent and opportunity.
We invest in residents, including immigrants and entrepreneurs, as drivers of economic growth, job creation and neighborhood revitalization. In this area investments will primarily accelerate the work of intermediaries such as the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and Global Detroit.
We invest in innovation in governance and civic capacity. As Detroit navigates bankruptcy and a new civic infrastructure, our investments will support development of these areas in partnership with the public and private sectors.
We invest in civic innovation at the intersection of talent, opportunity and place to enable our communities to succeed.
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Detroit Community Advisory Committee
• Abir Ali
• Sheila Cockrel
• Phillip Cooley
• Stephen Henderson
• Sarida Scott
• Marc Schwartz