Neighborhood Revitalization Category

Working Together in Banglatown

Global Detroit, Popps Packing, Muslim Family Services and Detroit HOPE Center hosted a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday May 13th. Residents, community members and community organizations pitched in to clean up an area of Banglatown. This effort was in conjunction with the Motor City Makeover, an [...]

Banglatown project forges new paths towards inclusive community building

By Sloan Herrick, Deputy Director With the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation, Global Detroit partnered with goodgood, an interdisciplinary design firm, to weave professional design and design-oriented thinking throughout a resident-centered engagement and planning process in Banglatown, [...]

The organic nature of organizing and gardening

At the corner of Scotten and Branden in Southwest Detroit, the remains of once vibrant tomato and bell pepper plants recently weathered their first frost. This new community garden is the result of collaboration and a community’s collective effort to get to know its neighbors. [...]

Detroit’s Fayrouz Saad and Family Recognized by President Obama

On Thursday, July 21st, President Obama hosted his first-ever Eid al-Fitr celebration (which marks the end of Ramadan) at the White House. He was joined by Muslim American leaders from across the country. The President highlighted the many contributions Muslim Americans have made for centuries [...]

African leaders visit Detroit to learn immigrant integration strategies

Earlier this month, Global Detroit was honored to host a group of 25 Fellows from the Young African Leaders Initiative, a national effort to help rising African business and civic leaders connect with American businesses and leaders. We were invited to organize a discussion of the immigrant welcoming [...]

Global Detroit, Banglatown Join Kresge Innovations Projects

In March, Global Detroit was thrilled to be one of nearly two-dozen winners of the Kresge Innovation Projects – Detroit Round Two awards to enable us to deeper engage in the revitalization of the Banglatown neighborhood. The $25,000 grant will enable us to leverage an [...]

Global Detroit’s Pioneering Efforts Honored with National Innovation Award

Today, Global Detroit was honored to receive one of the first-ever Renewal Awards, created by the National Journal and Atlantic magazines with Allstate, to recognize the innovators, grassroots organizers and problem-solvers who are making progress against the greatest challenges facing America. The awards identify and celebrate [...]

Refugee Resettlement Groups Tour Detroit Public Schools

While it is hard to think past the tragic events in Paris and their potential implications for refugee resettlement, Metro Detroit has been the largest recipient of refugees from Iraq over the last decade. With its large Arab population and one of the largest Syrian [...]

From the Director – Immigrants: The Vacant Property Solution

By Steve Tobocman On Wednesday, May 20th the Welcoming Economies (WE) Global Network convened some 20 leaders representing 9 of the nation’s major land banks (or their equivalents), as well as representatives from the Partnership for a New American Economy and the Legacy Cities Partnership [...]

It’s Time to Get Involved

This coming May marks the fifth anniversary of the release of the Global Detroit Study! Can you believe it has been that long? Maybe, we need a celebration or some time to reflect upon all of the immigrant economic development and welcoming programs, infrastructure, and [...]