City Water Supply Not as Clean as Expected – Learn More

You pay your water bill including the excess you are charged for sewer, you pay your state and federal taxes, and you expect the water that flows from your tap to be clean and safe for your family’s use. The only problem is that it isn’t. Now that municipal water systems are struggling to keep up with the necessary improvements that will filter out all of the contaminants that our society pumps into our water resources, more and more possibly-unsafe pathogens are transferring through into public water. If you’ve been using bottled water instead, it might not be a whole great deal better. What you need can be a water filtration process that operates at your residence to ensure the safety of one’s water.

There are a great deal of reasons why any water filtering system adds up. You may resent the fact after paying all you could pay for municipal water you still have to buy filtration equipment and still have it installed, but the reality is that if you don’t you will be inviting health problems into your loved ones. Some of reasons why you should give real considered to adding private filtering measures include:

* It’s a whole bunch cheaper eventually than buying bottled water.
* You’ll feel safe if you see your children drinking the lake.
* It may end up saving you mineral water usage which lowers your water bill and assists you to contribute to our own planet’s ecology.
* You’ll greatly decrease the opportunity of waterborne disorders.
* Your individual body will thanks a lot with many much more years of beneficial living.

Choosing the perfect system for the family stands out as the biggest challenge. You will find dozens of the latest models of available. Start narrowing down your options by eliminating people that are too major for use from your family. Some units are made to help thousands of people, and you naturally don’t want to afford more than you need. Pay special attention to the sort of maintenance your system needs. If you don’t have time to care regarding filters and chemical compounds, you want to discover a filter that won’t require as often, or maybe you will find a filtration company that won’t only install your system but which will even regularly service it available for you.

Water is thus essential for all of our bodies that whatever you decide and spend on a filtration system will be funds well spent. In the end, can your really put a cost on the health and well-being of your loved ones?

Community Gardens and Markets

Urban gardens play a substantial role in the City of Detroit. Some are used to produce quality, nutritious produce for families, while others are used to promote city beautification efforts by revitalizing vacant lots.

Midtown Greenway Loop

The Midtown Loop, a 1.8 walkable, greenery-filled loop that will connect Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center, and the area’s cultural institutions. The loop will run from Kirby to John R. to Canfield to Cass, with Warren Ave. serving as a central connector. Phase I of the loop was completed in 2011, and the entire loop will serve as a connector to a larger greenway loop that will link to Eastern Market and the Detroit River.


Midtown Detroit, Inc. Urban Gardens

North Cass Community Garden

The North Cass Community Garden was created in spring of 2009. It is located at the southwest corner of Second Ave. and Willis. The garden is 0.37 acres and contains 75 raised garden plots and 6 ADA-accessible plots. There are also 10 commercial plots which can be rented on yearly terms by residents and businesses. This garden was sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, First American Title Insurance Company, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, Landscape, and JJR.

Art Center Community Garden

Created in Spring 2010, the Art Center Community Garden is 0.67 acres. It is located at the southeast corner of John R. and Palmer. The garden contains 4’ x 8’ and 8’ x 12’ plots available for rental for a small fee and a commitment of four hours of service to the garden per year.

4th Street Farm

The 4th Street Farm, located at Fourth Street and Alexanderine was designed to provide a means to enrich the neighborhood and provide free gardening opportunites to the community. It includes tomoatoes, herbs, and potoatoes. They will also plant pumpkins for the Fall season. The garden offers space for local artists to share their work. For more information, contact Patience Young at 313.208.3154.

North End Farmer’s Market

The North End Farmer’s Market is located at Oakland and Kenilworth. The garden provides low-income community residents access to quality, nutritional foods at affordable prices. Cash and EBT are accepted. The market operates every Saturday from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The North End Farmer’s Market is a partnership of the following organizations: North End Christian CDC, Eastern Market, community residents, and Greening of Detroit.

Architectural Renderings – Designing a Better Place to Work and Live

Office RenderingsIn the world of home and office design, a lot has to be done before even the foundation is built. It is said that failing to plan is planning to fail and for people in the construction industry, failure is a very expensive concept. Before a building can be raised off the ground, it needs to be designed to the core. Every little detail concerning the physical structure needs to be laid out in a clear manner that is understood by all. This will prevent schedule overruns and failures in the project at a critical stage later. So, how do engineers and architects design an entire building without having to throw down a brick?

Well, the secret lies within architectural 3D rendering.

Rendering is a concept that is used to describe the process of making three-dimensional models of everyday objects such as cars, buildings etc. These models are usually in the form of a computer simulation and are used to graphically describe the design of a building from the inside out. 3D rendering takes into account the many surfaces that will make up the structure including the joins and texture. This is meant to provide a realistic view of how the house will be. 3D models are also easy to tour through with basic input controls such as a touchscreen or via a mouse.

Architectural 3D rendering greatly cuts down design times as well as costs for a number of varied reasons. First and foremost, the renders provide details about the materials that will complete the house. The renders can also provide an estimate of the exact number and amount of materials that will be required to complete the project. As you can see, this comes in useful during budgeting as it allows the contractors to accurately estimate costs using a realistic prototype of the final structure.

3D renders are a product of design and simulation. Powerful computer programs are used in conjunction with powerful machines capable of graphics processing. Computers with fast GPUs are used because GPUs are better at handling graphics as compared to ordinary graphics. The visual performance of GPUs is also at a higher level as compared to traditional computers. These days, the use of cloud based software has enabled the migration of rendering services to a much more powerful computing platform thus cutting down design times and accelerating the completion of the construction project. 3D rendering is indeed the takeoff platform for designers and architects alike, bringing concepts to life and improving them before starting work on the actual thing.

Affordable Housing


Furthering our commitment to providing and sustaining quality affordable housing, we are examining the feasibility of a Community Land Trust (CLT).  A CLT is a non-profit organization whose board is made up of owners of CLT homes, residents of the CLT geography and other stakeholders.  This tri-partite board owns and manages the land and the stewardship programs for the entire geography for which it serves.  The CLT ensures that the homes are forever affordable and the community ownership and stewardship reduce the risk of foreclosure, incentive’s renovations and develops a culture of community wealth building.


North End CLT Community Meetings

The most recent CLT meeting took place September 29, 2011 at Metropolitan Methodist United Church.This meeting’s discussion was framed by members from the National Community Land Trust Network and garnered a great amount feedback. The Governance Council is currently reviewing the success of CLTs in cities similar to Detroit as the next step in determining the feasability of a CLT in the North End. Check back for upcoming meeting dates.

For more information, please visit the National Community Land Trust Network website at: