Friday, September 16, 2016
Midtown: Evolution of an Urban Neighborhood ‐ Walking Tour
Come experience how historic rehabilitation has taken Detroit's Midtown neighborhood from
an economically depressed area to a thriving urban hub. Midtown's neighborhood historic
district designations helped save many buildings from demolition, including the magnificent
Forest Arms Apartments. Ferry Street is a microcosm of rehabilitation successes including the
Inn on Ferry Street, adaptive use of large houses as condominiums, executive offices for College
of Creative Studies, and infill housing. Woodward Avenue is hopping with the rehabilitation of
early 20th century commercial buildings to the adaptive use of midcentury office buildings and
Spotlight on Jefferson Chalmers: Collaboration, Community, and Historic Preservation
How can communities use small‐scale interventions—the rehabilitation of a single house,
physical improvements on a block, small‐scale job‐training or skills education, for example—to
spur greater neighborhood impact?
Take a closer look at recent community revitalization projects in historic Jefferson Chalmers,
from the new Main Street Redevelopment plan in the National Register‐listed commercial
district to ongoing initiatives in the residential and waterfront sections of the neighborhood.
Hear from community stakeholders about how historic preservation strategies as well as
partnerships between local, state, and federal entities have played a crucial role to
neighborhood stabilization and economic development.
Jane’s Walk in East English Village neighborhood
Detroit Jane's Walks are walks organized to honor the legacy of Jane Jacobs and to support
Detroit communities to host storytelling walks. Walks are meant to showcase a side to Detroit
that is often missing from the dominant narrative surrounding Detroit, and are led by
committed citizens sharing their knowledge about and love for places.
This walk will focus on the history of the East English Village neighborhood. Our route will take
us through the commercial and residential sections of the neighborhood and some of the
points of interest we will be highlighting include: Alger Theater, Cadieux Farmhouse, and
Kensington Station. Be ready for several guest speakers and storytellers to share the history of
several locations along our route. Learn more about the Jane’s Walk model and how to start a
citizen‐led neighborhood walking tour in your community!
Take in views of downtown Detroit and several neighborhoods and see how community groups
and other nonprofits are utilizing vacant properties to improve water quality, increase food
security, and create safe and healthy recreational spaces. This tour will showcase examples of
adaptive reuses of vacant property that serve a higher purpose such as revenue generation,
stormwater management, and food production.