1. Dolores Perales: making sustainable, equitable change in her neighborhood

    “Environmental factors tend to be left out of the planning process, as well as the needs and wants of community — especially frontline communities and communities of color like mine — so I am going into this field to make sustainable, equitable change.” ~ Dorothy Perales

  2. Concern about safety is main reason many Detroiters are not getting vaccinated, U-M survey finds

    Importantly, the survey results demonstrate that vaccine hesitancy is surmountable. More than 1 in 3 residents (34%) who reported being unlikely to get vaccinated between January and March 2021 have since received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

  3. Funding opportunity to advance economic mobility priorities of Detroit residents

    Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan is offering stipends of $7,500 to $10,000 to support projects led by Detroit organizations working to promote economic mobility. 

    1. Community brings a fresh spin to Detroit alleyways

      “This brings together this alley activation work with the green energy work in a way that’s very locally applied. The project is really led and driven by the community partners.”
      ~ Paul Draus, UM-Dearborn sociology professor

    2. Distinctly Detroit podcast: Michael Cheatham

      “I grew up in what I like to call the ‘front porch neighborhood,’ where people sat on their front porches and, as a result of that, not only did we have people who were looking out for us, we had people who are interested in our success.”
      ~ Michael Cheatham

    3. Ian Klipa and Jacob Saphier: 2021 City of Design Challenge finalists

      Stamps alumni Ian Klipa (BFA ​‘15) and Jacob Saphier (BFA and B.S.E.Mech ​‘16), founders of the Detroit design stu­dio Donut Shop, have earned a spot among the final six teams in the 2021 City of Design Chal­lenge in…

    4. U-M experts: Detroit-area flooding consistent with precipitation trends under changing climate

      University of Michigan experts are available to discuss the weekend flooding in the Detroit metro area. The flooding provides a dramatic reminder that the frequency and intensity of severe storms are expected to continue to increase in the Great Lakes region due to climate change.

    5. Craig Borum and Jen Maigret are not niche players

      In their dual roles as practicing architects and college professors, Craig Borum and Jen Maigret also have developed a creative conduit for ideas, talent, and collaboration that benefits Taubman College students and graduates, as well as their firm’s clients and community stakeholders.

    6. Distinguished alumni award winner June Manning Thomas on crossing “terra incognita” to create a path for others

      By connecting spirituality and planning, June Manning Thomas says planners can transcend the profession’s limitations: “I’ve never expected that urban planning could solve deeply entrenched social problems that are embedded within bigger forces because urban planning is tied to bureaucracies that are dependent on what policies do or do not exist.” 

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