D:hive Seeks Input on Transforming Public Spaces


DETROIT – D:hive, a hub for resources to live, work, engage or start a business in Detroit, is teaming up with Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization, to offer Detroiters the opportunity to be involved with the continued transformation of downtown Detroit.

Several community placemaking workshops are being scheduled to help enhance three important public spaces in Detroit: Campus Martius/Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, and Grand Circus Park. The workshops are designed to gather ideas about how these historic spaces can better serve the growing residential, retail, and entertainment communities downtown.

“Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces,” said Steve Davies, Senior Vice President at PPS. “The placemaking method engages those who live, work, and play in the targeted area to create a productive dialogue resulting in the implementation of ideas that will improve the public spaces.”

The workshops will be conducted in Nov. and Dec. by PPS and held at D:hive on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. City residents, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and employees of downtown businesses are invited to participate in a trio of three-hour community placemaking workshops to focus on affordable short-term activities and attractions as well as more permanent, long-term solutions. Each workshop will also include visits to the three public spaces.

“The series of workshops is vital to the core of the city because it provides a platform for the people that use the spaces to voice their opinions and play a significant role in shaping their community,” said Jeff Aronoff, Executive Director of D:hive. “People from around the city will participate in positive conversation that will benefit all residents and visitors.”

For more information and workshop schedule, visit dhivedetroit.org/engage/placemaking or call Jeff Aronoff at 313-962-4590.