Brightmoor Flower Farm and its Owner Lisa Rivera, Favorites at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market

“I love pulling weeds!” is not something you hear too often, but Lisa Rivera swears it’s true, and one look at Lisa’s booth at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market and you know that Lisa has mastered growing flowers. You’ll also notice that she has a gift for arranging them. Much of Lisa’s skill was self-taught,…

Community Connections Breakfast, a Celebration of Community

Over 175 civic leaders, community leaders, philanthropists, business leaders, and residents were in attendance at the Community Connections breakfast on October 14th. This annual event is a celebration of GRDC’s recent accomplishments and an opportunity to say “thank you” to the many volunteers, partners, and supporters who make our work possible. Grandmont Rosedale resident and…

Drifter Coffee, a New Vendor at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market

Alleah Webb, self-described “head honcho” of Drifter Coffee, parks her mobile coffee truck at the far south end of the parking lot at the Northwest Detroit Farmers’ Market, opens the side window, and puts on a pot of terrific coffee. Launched just over a month ago, Drifter Coffee often draws people who’d like a closer…

Rain Garden to be Installed at the North Rosedale Park Community House

With help from volunteers from the Ford Accelerated Action Day and Grandmont Rosedale residents, GRDC will be installing a rain garden on the south end of the parking lot at the North Rosedale Park Community House on June 5. The Michigan native plants will help alleviate parking lot water run-off and add beauty to the…

Full Room Discusses Empty Properties at Neighborhood Safety Meeting

The Thursday, February 26 Neighborhood Safety Meeting featured a panel discussion on the topic “From Vacancy to Safety: Resources for You.” District #1 Manager Stephanie Young spoke with residents about vacancy issues that involve city of Detroit resources while GRDC’s Sustainable Communities Program Managers Chelsea Neblett and Becki Kenderes presented a perspective from GRDC’s Vacant…

Grandmont Rosedale, Home to the Jim Dandy Ski Club: The Oldest African American Ski Club in the U.S.

In 1958, three young Detroit men established the first African-American ski club in the United States. These men had skied before, but wanted to include after-ski activities where African-Americans would feel welcome.  The wrote up a constitution, and named their ski club the “Jim Dandy Ski Club of Detroit” after rhythm and blues singer Lavern…