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Master Plan for McDougall-Hunt

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BENEFITING: BAILEY PARK PROJECT

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THE STORY:

The McDougall-Hunt community is a very unique and challenged neighborhood, bound by Gratiot Ave., Mt. Elliot St., and Vernor Hwy on Detroit's near east side. While poverty, vacancy, and crime are prevalent in McDougall-Hunt, the residential component of this community remains strong and intact - a very conscious and energized group or residents still remains, digging their heels into the ground to fight multiple forces acting against them. Overall, we've identified several points of interest and matters of importance upon which the Proposed McDougall-Hunt Master Plan can build.

Before his exit and the City's general conclusion of the bankruptcy trial, Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr signed several sweeping orders in mid September 2014. One such Order (36) would effectively remove and nullify Detroit's Urban Renewal Development Zones, their ruling Citizen District Councils, and any associated Master Plans. These zones, councils, and plans were a direct attempt to increase citzen involvement in development decisions within their communities. 

McDougall-Hunt was a designated Urban Renewal Development Zone, had a Citizen's District Council, and the 2nd Revised McDougall-Hunt Revitalization Program (2003). It is important to maintain citizen engagement and participation in development. 

Funds raised by this CrowdRise Campaign will directly benefit the Bailey Park Project and other non-profit organizations who are dedicated to preserving history, fighting injustice, and empowering environments. With an increased Capacity, the Bailey Park Project and its partner organizations throughout McDougall-Hunt can organize and engage the creation of a new or updated Master Plan.

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