Megha Satyanarayana of the Detroit Free Press writes:
“In seven years, that section of Brightmoor has transformed and been organized under the moniker Neighbors Building Brightmoor. Students tend two youth gardens and sell the food at local farmers markets. Adults grow everything from food to flowers in gardens called Ladybug Lane and Rabbit Run. Houses begging to be torn down are painted brightly, with inspiring prose. And young adults from elsewhere have moved in to start small commercial farms, gardens and parks on two-and three-lot stretches where the houses are long gone and the land was left barren.”
The article quotes City Councilman James Tate, who praised Neighbors Building Brightmoor and the Farmway:
“The Brightmoor Farmway has given a new identity to Brightmoor,” Tate said. “They said, ‘We’re going to take it upon ourselves to change our identity and let the rest of the world catch up.’ ”
Read the entire article and see great pictures of the Brightmoor Youth Garden here.
Riet Schumack, founder of Neighbors Building Brightmoor, was awarded the Detroit 2020 Inspire Award this year for the Brightmoor Youth Garden. Congratulations, Riet!
For five months, Neighbors Building Brightmoor has partnered with Sheriff Benny Napoleon to patrol the Brightmoor neighborhood with sheriff’s deputies in the S.C.O.U.T. program. This partnership has resulted in
- several arrests on outstanding warrants
- recovery of stolen vehicles
- traffic enforcement activities
- a highly visible police presence
The partnership with the Wayne County sheriff is geared toward preventing crime and addressing ongoing safety and quality of life issues in our neighborhood. Here’s how you can get involved:
- Volunteer for a neighborhood patrol. It’s just a few hours a month, but it makes a huge difference!
- Donate to a fund for gas money for neighborhood patrols. This enables more people to be involved!
You can also sign up or donate at the monthly Neighbors Building Brightmoor meeting. We meet the first Thursday of every month at St. Christine’s (Dacosta and Fenkell). By working together, we can build a safer city!
As city planners and elected officials continue to think about the future of Detroit, we have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of our neighborhood. The “Restore the ‘Moor” meetings gives residents of Brightmoor the tools and abilities to craft a future that fits us. For meeting times and locations, visit Restore the ‘Moor on Facebook.