Founded on the belief that good design makes life better, GrowTown is a non-profit Landscape Architecture studio dedicated to transforming neighborhoods and landscapes in post-industrial cities. Design and implementation of the Local Food Economy is our focus for growing resilient and sustainable communities.

Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit D4

D4 is a diverse coalition of residents, labor, environmental, faith-based, and community organizations, committed to using the built environment to create “win-win” scenarios for the community, the economy, workers, and the environment.

We want to reinvent the development process, which too often unfairly burdens low-income families and people of color. Many communities are disenfranchised from development decisions, leading to neighborhood displacement, environmental degradation, and the worst access to quality commercial amenities, city services, education, health care, and jobs for those who need them the most.

We envision something better. We envision a development process that provides a formal role for community engagement, with stakeholder input genuinely influencing what is built. We envision construction that provides opportunities for local hiring and organized labor. We envision completed projects that provide decent jobs for local residents, mitigate environmental impact, feature convenient transit access, and offer long-term community value such as affordable housing or public space.

Greenacres-Woodward Civic Association

The Greenacres Woodward community has a rich and storied history in the City of Detroit. The neighborhood is comprised of roughly 1000 homes and bounded by Eight Mile on the North, Pembroke on the South, Woodward on the East, and Livernois on the West. Residents come from all walks of life. Many many 'worker bees', doctors, lawyers, judges, actors, high tech and skilled trades professionals, government employees, clerical folks, mechanics and retirees (from across a wide range of occupations) call Greenacres Woodward home.

Diversity informs and enriches the daily life of this neighborhood. We are an inclusive and welcoming community where residents get to know each other on a first name basis.

Michigan State University School of Social Work

Woodward Avenue Action Association


Steve Jenkins, Michigan State Fair Manager, 2009

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