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Kate, 33 + Jody, 35 + Joshua, 3

Andy, 27 + Stacy, 24 + Shaun, 25

Kate is a lawyer at a downtown firm. Jody is an artist and the primary caregiver for their son, Joshua. They rent a house from Barb behind her hardware store on Trumbull Steet (1). They are well connected in the local gay and lesbian community (2) but often feel out of place because they have a child and many others do not. Kate enjoys her job downtown (3) but wants a better connection with people in the neighborhood. Because Jody spent her twenties traveling the world, her artwork is well-known in

Andy recently bought his childhood home from his mother (1). He rents rooms to two college students, Stacy and Shaun, which helps cover the mortgage and provides an affordable place for them to live (2). He has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Wayne State University and spent the last few years working at a corporate firm that specializes in urban environments. Andy recently left the firm to pursue his interests in the development of the Woodbridge Neighborhood and in the lives of its young people. Though he has many jobs, Andy’s favorite is working as Dave’s right-hand-man (3).

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Short Term Goals (live + work + play) Kate and Jody would like to own a house with an adequate yard for entertaining and playing (4). Joshua will be starting school soon, and they would like him to attend a neighborhood school (5). As Joshua gets older, Jody looks forward to spending more time on her artwork. She needs to build relationships with the local arts community and publicly display her work. Jody is also thinking of applying for a job as head curator at one of the neighborhood galleries (6).

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Andy and his wife open up two branch offices for the Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation, which they now run. The offices are located at the old Poe School and within the old Wilbur Wright School. EN

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One of Andy’s volunteer projects included cleaning up Scripps Park so that it could be used by the community once again. It is at this event that he meets his future wife.

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Andy spends many of his nights and weekends working at a newly-opened local café on Trumbull where he is able to interact with many of his neighbors.

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Kate works at a law firm downtown. When the weather is nice, she often bikes to work.

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Andy currently lives with two roommates in his childhood home. He recently bought the house from his mother.

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After being in the neighborhood for awhile, Kate and Jody are able to purchase a new home.

Kate and Jody are well connected in the local gay and lesbian community and they often meet with their friends at local shops and restaurants along Trumbull and Grand River.

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When Joshua gets older he attends Murray Wright High School, which is also within walking distance of his house.

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Joshua attends Edmonson Elementary School which he is able to walk to because it’s located close to home.

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Jody has applied for a position as head curator at a new, local gallery located in the neighborhood.

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Eventually Kate and Jody move into a live/work residence where Kate has opened her own law firm and Jody is able to display her artwork.

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Andy wants to find a way to weave together all of his interests (work, volunteering, mentoring, etc.) into a rewarding career (6). Andy is also interested in finding a woman who shares his passions and drive – someone with whom he could spend the rest of his life. As he continues to help other families in Woodbridge, Andy wants his neighbors to have the same opportunities that were available to him growing up in the area.

Kate and Jody are striving to support Woodbridge’s range of unique lifestyles through their work. Now that Joshua is older and attending high school (7), Kate wants to open her own law firm focusing on the needs of her neighbors, while Jody dreams of having her own gallery. They are seeking a unique place to live that accommodates both busi-

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Andy is very excited about how he can leverage his time, talents, and experience to help make Woodbridge a more vibrant place (4). He hopes to infuse his experiences, including those gained from working in the neighborhood, into his roommates’ lives. While Andy‘s various jobs may seem unconnected (5), his intention is to bring his unique viewpoint into his work so that he may influence the human condition of Detroit.

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Joe, 38 Joe, or “Super Cool Joe Jackson” as he calls himself, is known by almost everyone in the neighborhood. Upon first meeting him, people often get nervous assuming he is asking for money, but it does not take them long to realize that “Super Cool” just wants to be friends. Joe is a Gulf War Veteran with psychological injuries and has been denied government assistance. He spends most of his time traveling up and down Trumbull and helping neighbors with odd jobs. He is particularly fond of Barb; he helps her out with things around the hardware store almost every day (1). Joe has about half a dozen spots where he lays his head at night, ranging from a room in back of the hardware store to the space underneath a family’s porch (2). He helps this family with its gardening, a special talent he is known for in the neighborhood, and the family sometimes invites him in for breakfast. He grew up on his uncle’s farm in West Virginia and then worked as an apprentice for some of the best vegetable farmers in the country before joining the Marines.

Short Term Goals (live + work + play) Joe is very thankful for all of his friends in Woodbridge but wants to show them how much more he has to offer (3).

Long Term Goals (live + work + play) Joe wants to have a place to call his own, maybe even a small farm in the city (4). Woodbridge Neighborhood - NW Triangle Plan Narrative Map 1

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After analyzing the resulting data, a group of characters were authored to personify and tell the story of Woodbridge present and future. The character’s stories were mapped within the neighborhood. The places where their lives intersected became nodes, or starting points, for positive neighborhood development:

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With the help of his neighbors, Joe is able to move into a home in the NW-Triangle. The house is next to a large community garden that he maintains. The garden provides fruits and vegetables for the neighborhood.

As a means of understanding the collective goals and desires of neighborhood residents, a series of activities were designed to give the opportunity for a myriad of interactions. They included workshops, narratives, collages, a casting call, and interviews.

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Barb, 47 Barb owns a hardware store on Trumbull Street (1). Her parents started the store in the 1950’s and passed it on to her after she earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University. Barb is single and lives in the suburbs (2). She left the city ten years ago after being robbed at gunpoint in front of her store. Her childhood home is attached to the back of the store, and she rents it to Kate and Jody. Lately she has been missing her neighbors in Woodbridge and the overall sense

Mike and Paul have been together for about ten years. Mike owns his own construction company (1) and has lived in Woodbridge for 25 years, renting from Dave and Lucy. Paul is a video artist and photographer for The Detroit News (2). Mike’s daughter, Isabel is a student at Michigan State University. She is studying to be a veterinarian and works at Patterson Dog & Cat Hospital during her summers out of school (3). About three years ago, Mike and Paul adopted twin boys, DeQuan and Marcus, after the boys’ parents were killed in a car accident. DeQuan and Marcus’ parents had been close friends of Mike and Paul. The boys have had some difficulty relating to the other kids in school after losing their parents (4). Mike’s business is enjoying some relative success for the first time in a few years.

of community she felt there.

Short Term Goals (live + work + play) Barb knows that her business’ facility and technology are outdated. She is looking for simple, inexpensive ways to bring the business up-to-date while acknowledging that so much of what makes her business special is its non-corporate environment. She would also like to spend more of her

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spare time in Woodbridge again (3).

Though Mike resisted for a long time, the couple has decided to buy a house. Mike and Paul do not want to leave Woodbridge and hope to buy the house in which they live, as it fits their lifestyle so well (5). It has a large garage that Mike uses for his workshop and an apartment above tha garage where Isabel stays when she’s in town. The family is seeking ways to help the twins better relate to other kids in the neighborhood (6).

Long Term Goals (live + work + play) Though still somewhat scared, Barb would like to move back to Woodbridge. She is looking for a nice condominium apartment with little maintenance (4). She is also very concerned about the future of her business. She employs a couple of local people, such as “Super Cool Joe Jackson,” but does not feel that any of them can carry the business into the next generation. She needs to find a young, talented entrepreneurial spirit to mentor into the business (5). Barb would also really love to have a man with whom to spend her life.

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Barb wants to move back to the neighborhood, so she purchases a new condo in Clark Estates.

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Paul felt unfulfilled at The News for a while, but stuck it out until Mike’s business stabilized. Paul can now pursue his dream of owning a photography and video production studio. The couple plans to convert part of the space above the garage into a studio for Paul.

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Dave and Lucy are retired schoolteachers. They do not have children of their own but have close relationships with many of their students and those who grew up in the neighborhood. Over their forty years in Woodbridge, Dave and Lucy have become two of the largest property owners in the neighborhood. After buying and fixing up the little house across the street from them, the couple gradually bought most of the houses on the block (1). Dave started hiring local high school and college students to help him during the summers, and before long, had a small construction company (2). The large, older home in which Dave and Lucy live is beginning to feel a bit too big for the two of them.

This family has only lived in Woodbridge for a couple of years. They decided to move from Sterling Heights and purchase a home in Detroit (1) after Tom got an executive position at the Detroit Department of Water and Sewerage (2). Woodbridge was a natural choice because Sharon is a history professor at Wayne State University (3). The transition into the Detroit Public Schools has been difficult for Kevin and Lisa. Kevin has transferred to U of D Jesuit, a Catholic high school (4), while Lisa still attends the local neighborhood school (5). For the most part, the family has been welcomed into the neighborhood with open arms.

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Kevin is starting to think about college, and Lisa will be attending high school soon. Kevin feels out of place in Detroit and wants to get as far away as possible. Lisa, on the other hand, is very excited about going to Cass Tech High School and meeting new friends (6). Tom and Sharon really like the Woodbridge Neighborhood and have been discussing the possibility of having another child. They are also becoming more aware of Sharon’s parents’ health issues.

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Dave and Lucy have been retired for a few years. They are so tied to their neighborhood interests (3) that they do not travel or participate in the activities of their other retired friends. They have recently given their ambitious, young neighbor, Andy, more responsibility in managing their properties and will continue transitioning responsibilities to him (4).

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Dave and Lucy want to be truly retired and move into a smaller home (5). They also want to sell their properties to people who will continue their legacy of helping out one another as neighbors. Several of their properties are single-family homes, and the couple hopes to sell the homes to the families who currently live in them. Although financing will be difficult, Dave and Lucy hope to sell the rest of the buildings to Andy. Woodbridge Neighborhood - NW Triangle Plan

The family will need a bigger home with another child on the way and grandparents moving in with them (7). Tom and Sharon will be looking for good day care options since both work full time (8). Some of Tom’s friends own grocery stores and are considering partnering with Tom to open a grocery store in the Woodbridge Neighborhood (9). Woodbridge Neighborhood - NW Triangle Plan Live + Work + Play in Woodbridge - Nuclear Family Narrative Map 1 Sharon is a

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Woodbridge... A place that Celebrates Art and Culture.

A Place of Innovation and “Taking Risks.� A People-Centered Neighborhood. A special thanks to all of those who have collaborated, including: The University of Detroit Mercy/ Detroit Collaborative Design Center* Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit Detroit City Council Green Task Force The Woodbridge Star Bed & Breakfast Motor City Casino Greater Corktown Development Corporation Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit ACTS Impact Detroit Live in Woodbridge Safe in Woodbridge Lawrence Technological University University of Michigan

*The Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Strategy was authored in concert with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center


Woobridge_Neighbors  

A group of characters were authored to personify and tell the story of Woodbridge present and future. The characters' stories were mapped wi...

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