Residents on the south end of Dearborn Heights are making a difference they are no longer sitting back and just letting this happen to their community. They no longer want to put up with blight, rats, and business districts that look anything like a business district.
Dearborn Heights as a city isn’t looking so good these days. Since 2009 when the housing market bubble burst and people walked away from their homes. You don’t see it, at first, its the little things homes not looking the way they use to. Streets not repaired like they were before. Lawns full of weeds, bushes and shrubs left to grow not trimmed anymore. Sidewalks crumbling garbage strewn about some residents just not caring anymore. Before you know it this has become the new normal. There are areas of the City starting to look like they did before 2009, but not the whole city. You can Make a difference by setting a standard on how you want your neighborhood to look. Set a standard on how you want the business in the area you live in to look. What kind of business do you want in your neighborhood? Set the standard and make it happen.
The south end of Dearborn Heights for years has been neglected many have asked well, who’s to blame? The residents, the City, the City Council, the ordinance department? The south end of Dearborn Heights is like a free for all why is that? It started with the economic downturn and maybe before that. Part of the problem as to why things have gotten so out of hand is we didn’t always have an Ordinance department. For years, the City had two ordinance officers under the building department how much do you think two people got done all those years? The City has ordinances for many things in this City and those ordinances aren’t being followed/enforced.
Residents on the south end of Dearborn Heights are making a difference they are no longer sitting back and just letting this happen to their community. They no longer want to put up with blight, rats, and business districts that look anything like a business district. They want to live in a safe, clean, thriving area. I’m excited to see what’s happening excited to see residents standing up for themselves. I’m encouraged to hear that so many came to the planning commission meeting on 2-3-2016. Encouraged to see many council members wanting to get involved and make a difference. There are brighter days ahead for the City of Dearborn Heights we as residents have to make sure that we keep the momentum going. No matter what we have to keep posting, sharing, reporting, and showing up to council meetings. Residents are the ones who are going to make the biggest difference. Residents are the ones who should set the standard of how they want to live. Not the Mayor setting it for you, by just ignoring what is happening in his City. That’s not what we need and for sure not what we want from the Mayor.
What could a community garden do for you?
Just imagine how different our City could be if we had some community gardens. Taking lots that the City owns and doing something with them planting a community garden that the whole community can enjoy. What could a community garden do for you? Good question according to gardendallas.org community gardens will,
• Community gardens increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship.
• Community gardens foster the development of a community identity and spirit.
• Community gardens bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class).
• Community gardens build community leaders.
• Community gardens offer a focal point for community organizing, and can lead to community-based efforts to deal with other social concerns.
• Community gardens provide opportunities to meet neighbors.
• Community gardens build block clubs (neighborhood associations).
• Community gardens increase eyes on the street.
• Community gardening is recognized by the many police departments as an effective community crime prevention strategy.
See the full list here
Wondering how the City or maybe a neighborhood association might pay for this. Here’s a great site
Current national funding opportunities:
- The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant, Grants for public and or private school teachers grades 3-6 to create and maintain indoor or outdoor herb garden for their classes. Deadline: October 1, 2015
- Sow it Forward Garden Grants Program, Kitchen Gardeners International, Deadline: January 8, 2016.
- Here is a list of many grants for community gardens, some are regionally specific and some are not well worth a look.
- Growing Safer Gardens
- Top Grantmaking Foundations State by State, The Grantsmanship Foundation
- National Recreation and Parks Association funding for Grow your Park is funding community garden development on a national level if your garden/potential garden is on parks land. Boise received funding to grow community gardens across the city.
- Captain Planet Foundation:The foundation offers grant assistance for hands-on, environmental projects that involve children and young people. Grant awards range from $250 to $2,500.
- Community Food Projects Competitive Grants:Eligible initiatives include urban gardening projects and rural farming projects that produce healthy foods using natural agricultural methods. The maximum grant award is $300,000.
- Herb Society of America– The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Grant
- Tom’s of Maine 50 States for good community sponsorship program: this program is a national initiative to support grassroots community projects. Winners chosen by voters on social media.
Spring is around the corner let’s ask our Mayor, CDBG director, TIFA, and council to work on this. #madidh
More conversation on the redevelopment of the Van Born corridor:
Surface street transportation corridors are key contributors to the economic vitality and livability of Dearborn Heights. Business corridors can bring value to neighborhoods and increase property values. They generate commerce, help create community identity, and contribute to the desirability of a place to live or conduct business.
Serving on the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Regional Economic Development Task Force and members of the Redevelopment Business Corridor Task Force, an award winning tool for municipalities was created. SEMCOG launched Creating Successful Corridors to assist communities and others who want to redevelop areas along and adjacent to transportation corridors. It is a web-based resource – a toolkit as we call it – that provides a wealth of information to assist communities and others with their redevelopment efforts. The toolkit is designed so users can get a quick overview of each “tool” and also delve deeper into tools of interest. A deeper dive gives users access to information such as examples of where and how a tool has been used, case studies, and sample ordinances.
More information on the tool kit
Serving Our Community,
Dearborn Heights City Councilwoman