Driving down Woodward Avenue through downtown Detroit, the signs of major projects, completed or underway, are obvious. Construction of the QLINE is finished, and the streetcars are ferrying visitors and commuters from downtown to New Center. A few cranes are wrapping up work on the outside of the new Little Caesars Arena, while crews work feverishly to finish the interior. Immediately north of the arena you’ll find brand new apartments, and several sites where construction to meet downtown’s housing demand is underway.
For many long-time Detroit residents, it can seem like all of the attention for downtown and Midtown comes at the expense of the neighborhoods, which is why projects like The Map from TheHUB Detroit are so important. The Map is a year-long effort to document different levels of investment in each of Detroit’s seven City Council Districts, starting in District 5 and highlighting the $593.7 million invested in neighborhood-specific projects.
To talk about The Map, how they collected their data, and their plans to use The Map as a way to tell a deeper story about the people investing in the city, I was joined by the founder and publisher of TheHUB Jackie Berg and the Neighborhood Economic Development Director for TheHUB Robert Dewaelsche.
You can listen to our full conversation below: