In My Hood | Community Building Pop-Up Style


Why good design matters, and who is Jeff Chalmers?

Francis Grunow | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

It began as a conversation between two young city builders on Detroit’s East Side. They wanted to know what it would take to bring a little retail life and vitality to the underutilized commercial strip at Jefferson and Chalmers, one of Detroit’s few intact retail corridors from the early part of the last century.

Less than six months later, five pop-up storefronts opened during Jefferson East Business Association’s annual Jazzin’ on Jefferson outdoor music festival. The retail spaces were activated with five unique designs in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects, Detroit Chapter, Urban Priorities Committee. They are open through July 6.

While the Jefferson pop-up project is a temporary experiment to showcase the neighborhood’s potential as a retail corridor, community response to the idea has been positive. “It has already surpassed our expectations; residents love it and feel part of the transformation,” says Ritchie Harrison, JEBA’s Economic Development and Policy Director, one of the folks in on that initial conversation.

The other half of the equation is Naomi Beasley, a newly minted Master of Architecture graduate of….PLEASE READ MORE.

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C. Rae Says:  This is happening on my side of town, down the street and around a few corners from where I live.  I’m so happy that my neighborhood’s historic retail district at Jefferson and Chalmers is getting a taste of revitalization.


About C. Rae White

I'm a proud 6th generation Detroiter, a creative who loves working with my hands and a fashion fanatic with a thing for shoes, bags and jewelry. I'm a family researcher who loves discovering the details of my ancestors lives. Thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to In My Hood | Community Building Pop-Up Style

  1. Glad to hear the “D” is getting revitalized. Hopefully this will be a permanent fixture.

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