Initially, I had a hard time understanding what I was going to do during the summer. I felt like I wasn’t able to get a compact, tangible definition of my work. However, after doing some research and communicating with my supervisor, I feel like I have a meaningful, solid idea of what my goals and deliverables are.
For anything to succeed, it is vital that the people who get the end result feel a sense of ownership in their product. That is why I am not going out and mowing lawns myself. The work I do is to provide people in the Detroit community with a stream-lined process for what they can do to improve the vacant lots or open space that they have in their neighborhoods. These vacant lots can often be an eyesore and sometimes even dangerous. The community members realize this as well, but it is difficult to know where to start because landscaping can often times be a difficult process. This is where Detroit Future City is helping out by providing several incredibly beneficial resources to the communities, starting with the Field Guide.