The Lower Eastside Action Plan(LEAP) is a collaborative community process, plan and project created from 2010-2012 among residents, community development organizations, neighborhood groups, technical experts and the city of Detroit. It engages people in a process to stabilize traditional neighborhoods by transforming vacant land and property into uses that improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

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"For me, LEAP was a way for me to be proactive in my community. I found LEAP to be effective when it came to getting things done!" - Barb Martin, Crane Street Block Club, President

The Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP) is a community response to several prevailing factors: continuous population decline, decreasing neighborhood density, and rapidly expanding vacant land and property on the lower eastside of Detroit. With the largest amount of contiguous vacant open space, active pockets of dense residential neighborhoods, and close proximity of Detroit River, the lower eastside is poised to reinvent how neighborhoods function and thrive. Developed through intentional community collaborative efforts, the plan addresses the vision communities’ have as their neighborhoods transform. The LEAP District is defined by Mt. Elliott to the west, Alter Rd to the East, I-94 to the North and the Detroit River to the South.

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The LEAP plan focuses on stabilizing neighborhoods through the creative reuse of vacant land and property to create jobs; clean the soil, water and air; generate beauty; increase recreation and green space.

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Through the LEAP process neighborhood groups and technical partners create and use common language to a) describe “Neighborhood Typologies” that account for both our current conditions and our future vision; and b) understand all the technical terms being used by governmental entities and technical partners.
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Educate
Partners receive information education on a wide variety of topics that impact quality of life. In turn, a robust communication culture is established in which neighbors educate technical partners and city government on issues impacting the community, neighborhood groups educate each other on ideas and projects, and investors and institutions educate residents on their proposals.
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LEAP brings together technical partners, government, investors and neighborhood partners for information sharing, decision making, capturing data to measure success, and providing funding resources and opportunities to the community. LEAP also organizes among the partners to advocate on certain key issues concerning the community.
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