• Picture it: A plain gray slab of concrete, perhaps four foot wide. It's large enough for a couple to walk side by side or a couple of kids to race along. It's surrounded by trees, a green field and two newly constructed playgrounds.

    This is not a scene out of Rochester Hills, Bloomfield Township or Birmingham. It's within the city of Detroit. It's called a greenway, and it will link some of the D's greatest assets: Its people, neighborhoods and cultural centers.

  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2010
    Development News - Model D

    "Build them and they will come" turns out to be not quite enough for greenways. Bike lanes and pedestrian walkways require maintenance and community buy-in to be successful, which is exactly what a $147,000 grant to Greening of Detroit from the GreenWays Initiative of the Community
    Foundation for Southeast Michigan aims to ensure.

  • Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010

    By Steve Hargreaves, staff writer
    Last Updated: September 21, 2009: 2:04 PM ET

  • Posted: Sept. 22, 2009

    Metro Detroit's charities -- long reliant on corporate giving and older donors -- may come to depend on younger people like Mary Kay Jerneycic, 36, of Beverly Hills.

    Jerneycic, who grew up watching her parents support the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, is one of eight people organizing a $50 afterglow to the soup kitchen's annual fund-raising dinner.

  • by Mike Gallagher for the CMF NewsWire

  • Posted at 8:00 pm, September 13, 2009 By Sherri Begin Welch Oran Hesterman considers the loss of $20 million in annual funding as a result of the Madoff Ponzi scheme nothing more than a hiccup in his quest to fix Southeast Michigan's — and the country's —”broken” food system. The Ann Arbor-based Fair Food Foundation was forced to shut down in December when its primary donors, local philanthropists Jeanne and Kenneth Levy-Church, learned they had lost money invested with Bernard Madoff.
  • September 11th, 2009 by Sarah Szurpicki (Great Lakes Urban Exchange - GLUE)

    The rails-to-trails concept isn’t new.  Neither is urban greenspace.  Bike lanes have been paved before.  And yet, to a Detroiter, the opening of the Dequindre Cut this May felt almost revolutionary.

    The Dequindre Cut is one mile of paved bike and walking lanes, with an adjacent greensward that could, in the future, be used for light rail–and currently functions as a picnic spot–which run from Lafayette to one of Detroit’s greatest community assets, Eastern Market.  It’s a “cut” b

  • The Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative received a boost recently with a $25,000 grant.

    The money was given by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to the Greenways for its effort of connecting people and nature.

    The Greenways was one of 25 nonprofit groups in the region that was given a grant.

  • When Focus: HOPE CEO William Jones took the helm of the nonprofit earlier this year, he looked at its success during its first 40 years in a different way. He stressed all of the good work the nonprofit had done in the past, but said “"we give people training to get jobs that will allow them to move out of this community,'” said Brenda Knight, Detroit program director for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.