There is nearly 40 square miles of open, structure-free land in Detroit—next to people, it's one of our greatest resources. As developers and the like are quickly making purchases, there's an opportunity to engage a lot of the good work already planned for more equitable and environmentally conscious land use. Among these ideas is the implementation of green infrastructure practices. The Work Department is passionate making complex ideas and practices accessible to everyone, despite age or reading level—so designing for residents while addressing the future of our land is an exciting opportunity for us.
Through a series of workshops, meetings, and much deliberation with Detroit Future City, residents, and stakeholders, we collaboratively composed a shared definition of green infrastructure that was easy-to-understand, and outlined ways the practices will benefit Detroiters.
We paired the text with fun, colorful illustrations creating a visually impactful tool that anyone can pick-up, read, and share. A Little about Lots is the first of several components focused on green infrastructure to be released by DFC this year. We are excited to show more as they are released.