It's nearing the end of the first board term of the North Corktown Neighborhood Association.  Before we elect a new board at our
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North Corktown Neighborhood Association

It's nearing the end of the first board term of the North Corktown Neighborhood Association.  Before we elect a new board at our

General Meeting on October 7th, 6pm
at Spirit of Hope 

here's a review of what the association's been up to:
After forming the association in the early spring, our first small event was a bike ride survey of the neighborhood. We cruised from east to west and back again, and took inventory of sites that needed attention in the planned neighborhood cleanup. Here we are at the corner of Perry and Harrison streets.
From the bike ride, we were able to make an action plan for our neighborhood cleanup day and coordinate it with the larger Motor City Makeover event, get donations of supplies, and find volunteers to help out.
After provisioning three camps across the neighborhood, we were ready to roll on cleanup day!
With the help of a borrowed bobcat, we tackled some of the worst spots in the neighborhood and staged them for removal by city trucks, before retiring to Nancy Whiskey's for a post-cleanup beverage.
Our next and most recent event was the North Corktown Boot Sale, modeled after the English tradition of selling junk out of the trunk of your car. We lined Pine Street from Rachel's Place to the tree nursery with vendors from inside and outside the neighborhood. Although the turnout was modest, the response from both customers and vendors was positive, and we plan to make this an annual or bi-annual event.
If you'd like to be more involved, consider running for election to the Neighborhood Association's board. We are 9 members who meet once every two months, and form the core of the Association. We're a young organization, and we're excited to grow. We also reach out to the larger community by representing the neighborhood at and attending the meeting of various advocacy groups and initiatives around the city, including:
  • Michigan Community Resource Center
  • Detroit Vacant Housing Coalition
  • Corktown Business Association
  • City Planning Department's Community Planning Taskforce
  • discussions
What else can you expect at the next meeting?
  • Discussion of the SAFE mini-grant from Michigan Community Resources, and how we might be able to use one in our neighborhood.
  • Board elections
  • Dates for Neighborhood Night at Nancy Whiskey's
  • Discussion of applying for 501.c.3 status
  • Good company
  • An opportunity to meet some new people in the neighborhood.
See you on the 7th, 6pm at Spirit of Hope!
Paul, Jon, Nicole, Felicia, Rich, Marissa, Greg, Olivia, & Sam