Detroit Deal Aims to Tackle Blight, Add Jobs

Photo from Spackman Mossop Michaels

Photo from Spackman Mossop Michaels

Dana Morris has lived in Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhood off and on her entire life, and she’s watched her block on Prairie Street deal with many of the same problems faced by other disinvested areas of the city.

Over the years, Morris and her neighbors (many are relatives) have kept up the block: mowing the empty side lots every spring so kids have a safe place to play, pushing the city to haul out trash so the raccoons don’t take up residence on their front porches, advocating for safety improvements like a traffic light for a busy intersection nearby.

Now, Morris, an active member of the Prairie Street Block Club, and those residents are working to make sure their voices are heard as the city proceeds with an ambitious revitalization effort in Fitzgerald.