June 18, 2012 – After 46 entries from all corners of Michigan, over 15,000 votes and a jury deliberation, we announced the winners of our “It’s About Place” contest! A panel of national placemaking experts selected Detroit’s Canfield Social Yard project as the $2,000 grand prize winner!
The Canfield Social Yard project seeks to raise awareness of the west Woodbridge area in Detroit and foster a culture of neighborhood and civic engagement by programming a vacant lot with entertainment and educational events that support existing community efforts and encourage new projects.
The other three winning projects are:
Muskegon: The Fat Garden Project – second prize $1,000: The Fat Garden Project helps the Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack secure much-needed parking but more important, transforms a portion of a vacant lot into a beautiful, functional picnic and garden area complete with works of art by local Muskegon artists.
Detroit: Innovation Square – runner-up $500: Innovation Square will transform a “cracked, warped and tired” parking lot in Tech Town into an inviting outdoor space that encourages inter-organization collaboration and community development, with the goal of generating sufficient momentum to secure follow-on funding.
Hartland: Old Hartland High School – runner-up $500: The Old Hartland High School project will create a year-round gathering place with an atmosphere that encourages interaction and socialization among community members and where community groups can hold casual meetings under the backdrop of a large Poetry Word Wall.
Congratulations to our winners and all our ten finalists! And a big “THANK YOU” to everyone who made the contest such a huge success!