February 2012 
Roaming Table
roaming table man

The Roaming Table has been roaming to many places in the city. Here's a brief summary:


Saturday, Jan 21st - Black Family Development, Inc Community Block Club Meeting at the American Serbian Memorial Hall (19940 Van Dyke, 48234). Special thanks to Process Leaders Alice Thompson, James Ribbron and Sandra Turner-Handy and Sam Butler of Michigan Community Resources.


Thursday, Jan 26th - Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Board Meeting at Brush Park Manor and Paradise Valley (2900 Brush St, 48201). Special thanks to Roger Meyers, of Presbyterian Villages.


Saturday, Jan 28th - Open Market at Eastern Market Shed Three (2934 Russell St, 48207). Special thanks to Jim Sutherland (Eastern Market Corporation), Street Team Members Essie Jones, Amos Mixon, and Stacey Streeter, and volunteers, Brooke Ellis, Ceara O'Leary, and Agata Pieniek.


Wednesday, Feb 1st - Southwest Solutions Wellness Center at 5716 Michigan Ave, 48210. Special thanks to Dan Loacano and John VanCamp of Southwest Solutions.


Friday, Feb 10th - Lunch Hour at Slows Bar BQ (2138 Michigan Ave, 48216). Special thanks to Process Leader Phillip Cooley, and Ambassadors Melissa Holland and Nana Danoa Paintsil.


Wednesday, Feb 16th - Brightmoor Alliance Community Meeting at Leland Missionary Baptist Church (22420 Fenkell St, 48223). Special thanks to Street Team members Kathryn Barnett, Essie Jones and Karen C. Walker and Ambassador Jeff Adams.


Saturday, Feb 18th - Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Basketball Game at Cass Tech High School (2501 Second Ave, 48201). Special thanks to Zenobia Awada, Mayor's Office, Street Team member Essie Jones, Ambassador Caryl Conway and Elizabeth Luther of Michigan Community Resources.


For more information about the Roaming Table, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/detroitworksproject1 - it will take you to the the "Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning YouTube Channel", where you can watch videos of where the Roaming Table has been.  


If you or your organization would like to host the Table at an upcoming event, please contact Theresa Skora, Roaming Table Coordinator at (313) 259-4407 or tskora.dcdc@gmail.com.


Ambassador Training Session

Ambassador Logo 
The next Ambassador training session is scheduled for Friday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The training will take place at our HomeBase office located at 2929 Russell Street, in the Eastern Market. The training sessions will help citizens gain familiarity and a comfort level in talking about and representing Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning to the community.

The training session will be interactive, fun, and informative. It will also feature
an Ambassador toolkit, facilitator training session, role playing demonstrations, and active listening exercises to strengthen the tactics needed to inspire city stakeholders to get involved in helping shape Detroit's future. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an Ambassador for Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning, please contact info@detroitlongterm.com.   

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Following the Open House on January 20th , the HomeBase has continued to attract much foot traffic.  About 170 people have stopped into the HomeBase for a meeting or an informal conversation about the project.  It has been great to be able to share the project with so many people.


Not only are we bringing in people to the HomeBase, we are constantly improving our space! Be on the lookout for an invitation to our next open house that will feature art submissions from the youth of Detroit and other local artists.

Street Team
street team logo

For the month of February, The Street Team has been focused on residential and commercial literature drops in Southwest Detroit, attending existing community meetings around the City and hosting conversations and community dialogues at various events, including supporting the Civic Engagement team with the Roaming tables.  One of the Street Team members is in communications with University of Detroit Mercy to start a dialogue series on the Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning with students.  
The first meeting with all current participants is scheduled for March 2, 1:30 p.m. at the UDM Campus.


For more information about the Street Team, please contact Shamyle Maya Nesfield snefield@mi-community.org.


New Council District Map- Option 3

After several public hearings on four proposed City Council district maps, the Detroit City Council has selected the third of the four proposed maps. The chosen map can be viewed online at http://www.detroitmi.gov/Portals/0/docs/legislative/cpc/pdf/Layout%20option%203.pdf.  


Detroiters will vote on council members by districts in 2013 for the first time since 1918. Voters will elect seven council members by district and two at large.


City officials said they followed three criteria in creating the proposed maps: Districts had to be of equal populations, be compact and contiguous, and not split any ethnic groups clustered within the city.

Last year, voters approved a City Charter calling for City Council representation by district. The revised charter took effect January 1, 2012.

DDOT: New CEO, New Buses, Service Changes
Ronald Freeland

Mayor Dave Bing announced the appointment of new Detroit Department of Transportation CEO Ron Freeland and debut of the newest buses to the DDOT fleet.  Freeland previously served as a senior executive and board chair of various bus, ports and rail systems in Maryland and  Virginia and worked in New York and California.   


These new buses - made in America by the Gillig Company - are part of DDOT's newest fleet of 46 buses, which began arriving January 30. Drivers are being trained to drive the new buses, which are being prepped for service and will be integrated into the existing fleet over the next several weeks.

DDOT Service Changes

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced it will implement a series of route adjustments and alternatives identified to help the transit system improve operational efficiencies and service reliability. The service changes, effective March 3, 2012, will help to move DDOT toward operations that are consistent with its budget, and will help to provide fare stability for its customers.

Learn to Swim Program
black boy swimming
Don't swim but would love to learn how? The Detroit Recreation Department is currently offering Learn to Swim Programs at five recreation centers. The cost for the 10-week session is $10 for two, one-hour sessions per week beginning March 26 through June 1. Please call the various centers listed below for the Learn to Swim Program days, times, and ages. Note: For each of the participating centers, swim lessons are offered during adult swim for 18 years and older upon request, and annual center membership is required for all ages.


Adams Butzel   

10500 Lyndon   

Tuesday and Thursday  (17 years of age and under)     

5-6 p.m.  




2260 S. Fort   

Wednesday and Friday (17 years of age and under)    

5:30-6:30 p.m.  



Coleman A. Young

2751 Robert Bradby   

Tuesday and Thursday (6-12 years old)

Wednesday and Friday (13-17 years old)     

5-6 p.m.




19601 Crusade   

Tuesday and Thursday (6-12 years old)  

Wednesday and Friday (13-17 years old)

5-6 p.m.




2301 Woodmere

Tuesday and Thursday (17 years old and under)

5-6 p.m.  



 Civic Engagement Team 
Sam Butler
Planning & Technical Program Manager


Kallene Clark 
Executive Assistant 

Charles Cross 
Director of Integration 

Blake Hill 
Design Consultant/Historian 

Laura Howard 
Public Engagement / Ambassador Manager 

Priya Iyer 
Digital Engagement Specialist 

Mike Jacobs 
Technical Planning Translator 

Danielle Lewinski 
Dir. of Planning & Technical Programs 

Elizabeth Luther 
Planning & Technical Program Manager 

Heidi Alcock  
Chief Executive Officer 

Shamyle Nesfield 
Director of Education & Outreach 

Ross Piper 

Dan Pitera 
Executive Director 

Dalton Roberson 
Education & Outreach Program Manager 

Theresa Skora 
Graphic Design Specialist 

Krista Wilson 
Project Manager 

*MCR - Michigan  
  Community Resources

*DCDC - Detroit
  Collaborative Design

Upcoming Meetings

CDAD's Neighborhood Opportunity Breakfast 

Thursday, March 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Second Ebenezer Church  

14601 Dequindre St.  
RSVP to Sloan Herrick 


Roaming Table

  Thursday, March 8, from   8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Second Ebenezer Church  

14601 Dequindre St.

Mayor's Advisory Task Force (MATF) Meeting

Monday, March 12 

Civic Engagement HomeBase

2929 Russell Street 

Detroit 48207   

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

(Open to the public)


 The State of the Roads and Road Funding 

Monday, March 12 

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

with State Representative Maureen L. Stapleton 

Plymouth United Church of Christ 600 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, 48201.


Roaming Table

Wednesday, March 14, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cafe Con Leche

4200 W. Vernor Hwy

Detroit 48209


Quality of Life Issues for Women, Girls & Children
 Saturday, March 17,

 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Erma Henderson Auditorium
2 Woodward Ave. (Randolph Street Entrance)
Coleman A. Young Municipal Center & Atrium
Contact City Council Member JoAnn Watson at 313-224-4535  


Mid Town

Free Community  

Health Fair

FREE health screenings. Saturday, March 17, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 5050 St. Antoine

Detroit 48202

Presented by The Unify Detroit Coalition, Bethel A.M.E. Church, and Detroit Medical Center.  For more info call 313-418-3049. 

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