Eastside Community Network (ECN) is a resident-driven community development organization. ECN’s mission is to develop people, places, and plans for sustainable neighborhood growth on Detroit’s Eastside. ECN has a long and rich history of being a transformation agent within Detroit’s Eastside. Their approach of convening partners across the community to work together—and their commitment to empowering residents’ voices—serves as a model for other under-resourced neighborhoods. With the PRC, ECN is revitalizing Chandler Park, one of Detroit’s lowest income neighborhoods to address issues with flooding and stormwater management. Over the past several months, Chandler Park residents created and presented designs for green infrastructure installations on blighted lots to a special Blight Advisory Committee. The concept chosen for construction was specifically designed to be an accessible space for senior citizens in the Chandler Park neighborhood. The lots are scheduled to be completed by the late fall 2018. Donna Givens, ECN’s President and CEO, continues to raise ECN’s influence in Detroit’s green infrastructure space. Learn more at ecn-detroit.org and follow them at @ECNDetroit.
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