Lower Eastside Action Plan
Like most of Detroit, the Lower Eastside experienced population loss that led to property disinvestment and structure demolition. Today, opportunity abounds in remaining active neighborhoods and swaths of open space. The desire to improve quality of life through strong neighborhoods, and to transform vacant land into places that stabilize those neighborhoods, gave shape to the Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP). Created by Eastside Community Network, in collaboration with residents and technical advisors, LEAP is a community-driven response and award-winning plan that engages residents in a process of transforming open space and stabilizing neighborhoods.
The LEAP planning process was initiated in 2009 through community group discussions and stakeholder meetings, and Community Development Advocates Detroit (CDAD) joined the process in 2010. Phase I of LEAP was published in January 2012, followed by Phase II in October 2012, which shifted the northern boundary of the LEAP area from Warren Avenue to Interstate 94. LEAP engaged over 5,300 residents in envisioning a future for the Lower Eastside by repurposing vacant land in coordination with strengthening neighborhoods.
Learn more about the full LEAP planning process at leapdetroit.org