Meet Cassandra Van Dam, the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market Site Manager

Running a farmers’ market takes many hands, many areas of expertise, and a dedication to support independent, local vendors. Cassandra Van Dam is helping out this season at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market thanks to Eastern Market and the Detroit Community Markets. As a Shared Site Manager, Cassandra splits her time between our Market and…

Meet Asia Hamilton, Curator of The Norwest Gallery of Art in the Grand River Annex

Years ago, when Asia Hamilton was in high school, she wanted to take a cosmetology class, but the class was full. She was disappointed and so, with little enthusiasm and the thought that the class would be easy, Asia reluctantly signed up for commercial photography. Once the class was over Asia knew what she wanted…

Meet Chinyere Olumba, the Children’s Librarian at the Redford Branch of the Detroit Public Library

Chinyere Olumba remembers spending many childhood summer days hanging out at the Gray Branch of the Detroit Public Library which was in the Butzel Family Recreation Center on the east side. Chinyere could walk there with her four siblings and the five of them would play in the gym, take craft classes, and visit the…

Great Art! Great Park! Great Opportunity!!

North Rosedale Park Civic Association (NRPCA) “went live” on August 7, to raise the remaining match for a $76,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant to fund a 25-foot metal sculpture by celebrated artist Charles McGee on the grounds of the Community House, and a large tile mosaic by master muralist Hubert Massey on the façade of…

Rosedale Park Improvement Association’s Annual Neighborhood-wide Garage Sale was a Hit with Bargin Hunters

On Saturday, June 25th, Rosedale Park Improvement Association hosted its annual neighborhood-wide garage sale. The event covers 60 city blocks between Grand River and Lyndon, Evergreen and Ashton, with many residents from the nearby Grandmont #1 neighborhood also participating. Dozens of neighbors join in each year, offering up their household wares and gently used items…

More Art & Innovative Green Infrastructure Coming to Stoepel Park this Summer

It was just a few years ago when the community came together to celebrate the completion of many improvements to the baseball diamonds at Stoepel Park No. 1 in Grandmont Rosedale. A coalition effort spearheaded by the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation, the Rosedale Grandmont Little League, the City of Detroit, and Wayne County resulted in…

Tactical Urbanism Comes to Grand River Avenue

On June 6th and 7th, Bloomberg Associates and Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation held two public meetings, piggybacking on the Grand River Avenue Design Workshop facilitated by Dover, Kohl & Partners in April. Whereas April’s workshop used a charrette format to capture a larger vision from attendees, the recent meetings helped gather feedback on two specific…