2014 Mobile Workshops: Monday, May 19

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The Southwest Special: Springwells Village, Mexicantown, and Corktown

Monday, May 19
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Ticket Price: $45.00
Requires: Moderate Walking
Includes: Snacks, Lunch in Mexicantown and Hors d'oeuvres at Slows Bar BQ

Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Southwest Detroit. A multicultural community that is predominantly Latino, Southwest Detroit is a food lover’s delight – colorful and full of flavor grocery stores, bakeries, coffee shops, taco trucks and restaurants. How do you enhance already walkable business districts? How do you support small business growth? Economic development happens in layers from establishing Detroit’s only Business Improvement District, to façade improvements, historic renovations, murals, and community collaborations that help make this old Detroit neighborhood continue to grow.

The Intersection of River Trails, Water Towns and Main Street

Monday, May 19
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Ticket Price: $45.00
Requires: Moderate Walking
Includes: Snacks and Lunch Buffet at Woodshop

Give yourself a ‘Get-a-way day’ to enjoy some of Michigan’s natural beauty and in the process discover how three towns are bridging the preservation of buildings and natural features to promote their historic downtowns. Experience three of Michigan’s small towns, in a unique and refreshing way. See the historic mills, enjoy lunch at a nationally acclaimed restaurant and stroll historic Battle Alley of the Temperance Movement.  

Signs of Hope: Grassroots Revitalization in a Struggling City

Monday, May 19
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ticket Price: $30.00
Requires: Moderate Walking
Includes: Snacks and Beverages at Always Brewing

The Grandmont Rosedale community in Northwest Detroit is a cluster of five attractive neighborhoods characterized by historic residential architecture, walk-able tree-lined streets, and a commercial “Main Street”, along Grand River Avenue. Grandmont Rosedale’s strong community activism has driven revitalization efforts along this commercial corridor through façade and streetscape improvements, graffiti removal, renovation of commercial buildings, a neighborhood farmers’ market, anti-crime initiatives, and grassroots entrepreneurial activity. Come see a neighborhood-based approach to comprehensive commercial corridor development.

Making Makers On Main Street: How Downtown Ferndale Grew Its Own

Monday, May 19
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ticket Price: $35.00
Requires: Moderate Walking, Must be at least 21 years old
Includes: Sampling of local products

Learn lessons with a tour of four ‘maker spaces’ where local entrepreneurs create their unique products. These businesses are among Downtown Ferndale’s brightest stars and this 2010 GAMSA winner is ready to share its formula for making makers. Stops will include the new Schramm’s Mead, nationally-recognized Garden Fresh Gourmet, the Indie-Artisan Rust Belt Market and Valentine Distilling Company -- made in Downtown Ferndale, sold nationwide.

Where Art Is Life: Midtown’s Emerging Design District - Sold Out!

Monday, May 19
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ticket Price: $35.00
Requires: 10 Mile Bike Ride
Includes: Bike Rental and Lunch at Traffic Jam & Snug

At the center of Detroit is the center of its art and design community. In Midtown, “where art is life,” indie boutiques, galleries and designers are clustering, boosting the neighborhood’s profile and attracting new residents. This bike tour will visit a sustainable design showcase and sustainability incubator; the flagship store of a high-end watch and bicycle creator, an under-construction building that will be anchored by a university’s design department and, while at lunch, hear from developers and proprietors, all of whom are dedicated to the district’s growth.