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Healthy Neighborhood Project

Healthy Neighborhood Project


In summer 2016, the Healthy By Design Coalition was awarded a planning grant to work with South Side residents and community partners to develop a healthy neighborhood plan. This opportunity, dubbed FreshLo, stands for Fresh, Local and Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization, is an initiative of the Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture and Health programs.

Between July 2016 and June 2017, a small team worked together to develop a resident-driven Healthy Neighborhood Plan for the South Side triangle neighborhood. Residents and other neighborhood stakeholders were asked What would make the South Side a healthier, more vibrant place to live, learn, work, and play? in a variety of ways. The resulting plan created a call to action to make the South Side the Bright Side of the Tracks through two key emphasis areas – increased access to healthy, affordable food year round and a stronger sense of pride through neighborhood revitalization.

Update Winter 2017

In fall 2017, Healthy By Design was awarded an implementation grant from the Kresge Foundation to work with community partners to move the Healthy Neighborhood Plan forward. Over the next two years, the Healthy Neighborhood Project team, in direct collaboration with a resident steering committee, will work toward the implementation of the Healthy Neighborhood Plan for the South Side. We are currently working on the following key projects:

  • Identify opportunities for a year round, brick and mortar grocery store in or around the triangle
  • Identify opportunities for at least one community gardening opportunity in or around the triangle
  • Develop resident-driven community art and creative placemaking efforts that celebrate the Bright Side of the Tracks theme, including entryway and wayfinding signage, traffic signal box wraps, murals, benches, and more!