Monday, April 25th

  • 5:45 am: Set your alarms! Meet at Charlton Street for bus to LGA.We will depart as quickly as possible. 8:45 am: Flight from LGA direct to Detroit, Michigan DELTA 189
  • 11:00 am:Arrive Detroit Airport; shuttle vans to Inn on Ferry Street
  • 12:00 pm: Unload bags at Inn on Ferry Street
  • 12:15: Lunch and walk to CASS for Workshop
  • 1:30: Workshop with CASS
  • 5:00: Check in at Inn on Ferry Street and rest
  • 7:15: Dinner

Tuesday, April 26th

  • 8 am: Breakfast @ Inn on Ferry Street
  • 9 am: Wheelhouse Detroit Bikes tour of near East Side of Detroit
  • 12:00: Lunch and group meeting
  • 2:00: Detroit Institute of Art seminar on DIA’s role in urban revitalization Evening: Dinner and informal tour of Hamtramck neighborhood

Wednesday, April 27th

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast at Inn on Ferry Street
  • 9:00 am: Tour of Detroit with Richard Feldman from Boggs Center
  • 12:00: Lunch and travel to Shinola
  • 2:00pm: Tour of Shinola production facility and informal tour of surrounding neighborhood
  • Evening: Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics, Comerica Park

Thursday, April 28th

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast at Inn on Ferry Street
  • 10 am:Tour and meeting at Michigan Urban Farming Initiative 12-1 pm: Lunch
  • 1 pm: Service project at Forgotten Harvest
  • Evening: Pizza dinner at Amici’s Pizza and Living Room

Friday, April 29th

  • 8:00 am: Breakfast at Inn on Ferry Street
  • 9:00 am:Travel to airport
  • 12:05: Flight: Delta 1948 direct to New York
  • 1:57 pm: Arrival @ Laguardia; students are either picked up at airport or travel to school with teachers

City Partners and Contacts

Cass Corridor Commons & EMEAC
The Commons serves as a multi-use non-profit and green space in which educational activities, community efforts and business endeavors are created and carried out in Detroit. LREI students will engage in an interactive workshop titled “Entering, Existing in, and Exiting Communities” to prepare them for their week.

Forgotten Harvest
1800 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237
(248) 967-1500
Forgotten Harvest is dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste.

Wheelhouse Detroit Bikes Tour
313-656-2453 (BIKE)
We design some of our neighborhood tours with a community partner organization.This way, we can be sure that the most accurate — and interesting — information is shared with our riders.These partners also receive a portion of our tour proceeds, so your money goes back into the community that you explored.

485 W. Milwaukee Ave. – Detroit, MI 48202
Shinola is a company who knows there’s not just history in Detroit, there is a future. It’s why they moved their 4 years ago. Making an investment in skill, at scale. Creating a community that will thrive through excellence of craft and pride of work. Where they are working to reclaim the making of things that are made well. And define American luxury through American quality.

Michigan Urban Farming Initiative
7432 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48202
The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is a nonprofit organization that seeks to engage members of the Michigan community in sustainable agriculture.We believe that challenges unique to the Michigan community (e.g., vacant land, poor diet, nutritional illiteracy, and food insecurity) present a unique opportunity for community-supported agriculture. Using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community—while simultaneously reducing socioeconomic disparity—we hope to empower urban communities.

Boggs Center
Richard Feldman, Board Member
Ethan Lowenstein, Partner, Education professor at Eastern Michigan State
The mission of the Boggs Center is to nurture the transformational leadership capacities of individuals and organizations committed to creating productive, sustainable, ecologically responsible, and just communities.Through local, national and international networks of activists, artists and intellectuals we foster new ways of living, being and thinking to face the challenges of the 21st century.