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Meet Andy (+ roomies)


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. Woodbridge Neighborhood - NW Triangle Plan Live + Work + Play in Woodbridge - Single Narrative Map 1

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Andy has been working at Dave’s construction company on Grand River since he was in college.

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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 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. N DE

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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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Andy’s roommates attend Wayne State University and often bike Merrick to get to class.

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

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Andy, 27 + Stacy, 24 + Shaun, 25 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).

Short Term Goals (live + work + play) 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.

Long Term Goals (live + work + play) 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. Woodbridge Neighborhood - NW Triangle Plan Live + Work + Play in Woodbridge - Single Narrative Map 1

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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


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