This year, the City of Detroit will clear brush and debris from at least 2,000 alleys across the city, an expansion of the alley cleanup program announced last year by Mayor Mike Duggan. The program expansion was announced at Mayor Duggan’s news briefing January 25.
The program was received overwhelmingly by residents, as nearly 500 block clubs signed up for the program through the Department of Neighborhoods. In 2020, 505 alleys were cleared, as City crews removed more than 4,000 tons of trash and debris.
The alley cleanup program provides residents with City assistance to address overgrown alleys in exchange for a commitment from residents to maintain and clean the alleys at least twice a year. The work performed at each location includes complete removal of everything in the alley including debris removal and tree and brush trimming. Some light grading work is also done to ensure alleys are leveled and passable.
As part of the program, the City will install gates at the ends of eligible alleys to prevent further illegal dumping. These sturdy wooden gates will be accessible to residents, emergency vehicles and utility workers.
Of the 39 City employees who make up the alley cleanup program, 13 are returning citizens. Plans call for the City to employ up to 65 individuals for the program. The City expects to clean roughly 2000 alleys per year over four years with an annual budget of $8 million.
For the next round, the City will select the alleys identified by block clubs or neighborhood associations registered with the Department of Neighborhoods, and that have completed the alley cleanup request form at detroitmi.gov/neighborhoods. To take part in the program, individuals in areas without a block club will need to organize a block club and get registered with the City.
After completing the alley cleanup registration, a community liaison meets with block club leaders to tour and survey the alley. Once an alley has been selected and cleaned, the block club must commit to maintaining the alley by performing additional cleanups, at least twice per year.
There will also be a sign-up page available for block clubs who are interested in the gates to receive a feasibility consultation. Once eligibility is verified and the City receives sign-off from block clubs, gates are installed.
Please find included a Parks Survey from the City of Detroit regarding usage of parks city-wide. I encourage you to fill out this survey as soon as possible.
Also please note the HBEA has consistently emphasized to the City, in writing, on many occasions, that we view all Parks within the Boston-Edison District Boundaries to be of importance to all Boston-Edison residents and thus all residents will have input into those Parks. Therefore, please take that into account as you fill out the survey.
To that end look for a separate survey from the HBEA Beautification Committee Parks Survey subcommittee that will be sent out in early 2021, asking for your input.
Again, please fill out the City survey, which is available on-line, as soon as possible.
Dianne (Bostic Robinson)
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Your input in this survey will help create the goals of the plan, which in turn shapes future investments in parks, greenways, recreation centers and programs. Your input is essential to developing a vibrant park and recreation system in Detroit, so thank you.
This survey on average takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes. If you know anyone that needs help filling out the survey we are available to do surveys over the phone (languages other than English available with prior notice) 313-224-5555.
Explore Detroit parks through this web app.
You can search where you would like to go and find the closest city parks, and filter by amenity to find what you would like to do in a park – such as a playground for kids, a walking path with a bathroom or a dog park.
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For more information on the Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan please visit the website or contact Juliana Fulton email@example.com (313) 744-3202
Our very popular Holiday Home Tour will be viewable from 9:00 a.m. Sunday, December 13th through 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 1st.
The narrated video tour features five historically significant properties on display, decorated for the holiday season. Viewers will have a chance to see the fine exterior and interior residential architecture of the early 1900s and "meet" the homes' current owners.
The tour transports one back to the “Golden Age” of Detroit, when Boston-Edison residents included such familiar names as Henry Ford I, James Couzens, Charles T. Fisher, and S.S. Kresge. Three of this year’s homes have never before been featured on our tour! If you own a business and are interested in sponsoring this year's home tour, please click here to learn more about our 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities.
Tickets for a viewing pass are $10 and are available now for purchase until Friday, January 1st. The video will debut Sunday, December 13th on demand (right here on the Boston-Edison website) and can be viewed any time until Friday, January 1st.
Save the date and grab your favorite beverages and cookies to join us for a Holiday Home Tour 2020 - a virtual edition!
Detroit Farm and Cider is serving cider and donuts every weekend: Friday - Sunday from 12:00 to 7:00 at their Harvest Festival. The Festivals run Sundays through December 5th, and feature live music, food, farm animals, vendors, and more. Detroit Farm and Cider is located 1600 Lawrence Street (at Woodrow Wilson), just four blocks north of Boston-Edison.
Find out more about Detroit Farm and Cider on their website, on their Facebook page, or from the news articles from WXYZ or the Free Press.
On October 7, 2020 the Membership hosted Wine Down Wednesday devoted to Block Clubs. The purpose was to have a conversation with block club leaders to share common concerns and information
Historic Boston Edison Association (HBEA)
1. Who are we?
2. What do we do?
Block club priorities, issues, concerns
BLOCK CLUB LEADERS SPEAK-UP
HOW BLOCK CLUBS AND HBEA WORK TOGETHER
HBEA MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN
COMMITTEE SIGN UP
On October 7, the Membership Committee kicked off its Fall Membership Campaign, “Each One, Reach One.” We are asking every board member, committee chair, and block club leaders to recruit 3 residents to become dues paying members of the Historic Boston Edison Association. Next, we encourage each resident to encourage 1 resident to join. Please help us maintain our community clean-ups, alley clean-ups, flowerbed maintenance, house concerts, Oktoberfest, holiday home tour and so much more. This year due to unforeseen circumstances, our fundraising was really impacted, so your dues will help us sustain our programs and events and remain a great place to live, work and play! Last, you should have received a Membership Dues and Giving Letter, if you have not contributed please consider doing so or for your convenience you can pay on line at www.historicbostonedison.org.
Is it a boy or is it a girl?
BREAKING NEWS! According to reliable sources, new residents are on their way to Boston-Edison in the near future. Our source estimates there may be an increase of approximately seven on the way. So be on the look out for pink or blue gender reveal parties and/or baby showers celebrations. We extend best wishes to all the expectant parents and look forward to welcoming them to Boston-Edison. Amid, our new normal, during this pandemic, it is refreshing to wonder how many baby girls or baby boys are coming…
The August 2020 newsletter has been mailed. If you live in the neighborhood and didn't find one in your mailbox, let us know!
You can also read the August newsletter (and back issues) here on our website.
My arborist, who I hired to trim branches, was down on his hands and knees by a tree, digging around it. “What are you doing?” “I’m exposing the root flare of this tree?” “Why?” “Because the tree has a beautiful root flare. Look.”
The root flare did indeed make a very attractive pattern at the base of the tree. The tree had toes! “Look at that! Who knew?!!” “I did. I wanted to show you.”
Around all of my trees, the grass and soil had grown over and wholly or partially obscured the root flare. I dug around the base of my other trees to expose their root flares. I love it. You might, too.
Addendum: When is the best time to plan a tree? Twenty years ago! Second best time? Now! Then in 20 years there will be trees. Don’t wait. If you don’t plant them for yourselves, plant them for the house, for the residents over the next 100 years, for the neighborhood ambiance. Trees are good.
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