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Anna Thompson

City of Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Fitzgerald Revitalization Project

Summary

Fitzgerald Revitalization Project is an initiative led by the City of Detroit to stabilize and strengthen a neighborhood by transforming publicly owned vacant land and buildings into community assets.

Description

The Fitzgerald Revitalization Project is an initiative led by the City of Detroit to stabilize and strengthen a neighborhood by transforming approximately 400 publicly owned vacant land and buildings into community assets. The core idea of this innovation is recognizing that the residents who have stayed in this neighborhood, and the city as a whole, represent assets worth investing in.

Investment must strengthen the civic infrastructure of the neighborhood. In Detroit, neighborhoods with the strongest block clubs and associations tend to have the strongest sense of community. This means a sense of pride, responsibility, and ability to look after each other and their neighborhood. Removing disinvested structures, beautifying vacant lots, and renovating homes contributes to stabilization, increased property values, and improved quality of life for current and future residents of Fitzgerald.

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