This summer I am working with Downtown Detroit Partnership, the non-profit responsible for many of the parks of downtown Detroit including Campus Martius, Cadillac Park, Beacon Park, and others. DDP is also responsible for the Business Improvement Zone, a partnership with local businesses to make downtown a great place to live, work, and visit. Their stated mission is cultivating economic and social impact in Downtown Detroit by connecting public, private and philanthropic sectors, providing stewardship of public spaces, and developing programs that engage and benefit all. My work is about putting systems in place to further understand and better integrate community sentiments regarding public spaces and what should be done with them. So far, this has included developing surveys and finding creative ways to get feedback from residents and people visiting the parks. I have had an overwhelmingly positive experience with DDP thus far, sitting in on various meetings and preparing surveys and performing other miscellaneous tasks. Furthermore, I am doing my best to fully appreciate that I am working out of 1 Campus Martius in the heart of downtown Detroit, a beautiful building that overlooks Campus Martius and the surrounding area.
In regards to DCERP proper, I am eager to get to know the rest of the cohort, especially since the people I have met so far have been pretty cool. Hearing from speakers who are visibly passionate about the work they do has also been nice. I’m looking forward to any outing in which we can justify going to the DIA.