Campau / Davison / Banglatown Neighborhood Framework Plan

A new neighborhood framework plan for one of Detroit’s most diverse neighborhoods


City of Detroit Planning and Development Department (PDD)

Detroit, MI

Project Team:

Tobias Armborst, Daniel D'Oca, Georgeen Theodore, Andrew Wald, Katherine Isidro, Odili Onochie, Chau Tran, Brian Mourato

Liza Bielby


BJH Advisors

Interboro is the lead planning consultant for the City of Detroit’s Campau/Davison/Banglatown Neighborhood Framework Plan. The planning area, located just north of Hamtramck, is one of the most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods in the city. It is home to long-established African American and Polish communities, as well as more recently arrived immigrants from Bangladesh, Yemen, and the Balkans. The area boasts a bustling commercial corridor and residential blocks that are among the most intact in all of Detroit, but also includes large swaths of vacant land and Land Bank-held properties. Add the many artists, urban farmers and gardeners, and entrepreneurs who have also set up shop here, and it’s easy to see why the Campau/Davison/Banglatown area has attracted so much attention in recent years.

Interboro is currently launching a robust community engagement process that is tailored to suit the diverse needs of the residents, business owners, and stakeholders in Campau/Banglatown area. Through careful listening, observation, and analysis, Interboro and our team has been developing innovative and implementable recommendations that address three main challenges: landscape and use of open space; streetscapes and connectivity; and housing development, rehabilitation, and economic development.

Neighborhood Framework Plan

The neighborhood framework plan addresses three main challenges: streetscapes & connectivity, open space, and housing & economic development.

Streetscapes & Connectivity

This planning area has many assets within easy walking or biking distance, including Jayne Field and Lasky Rec Center, Knapp Library, several schools, and many local businesses. We want to make it easy and comfortable for everyone to walk, bike, ride transit, and drive in this community.

Open Space

Open space can be an important community asset. Jayne Field and Lasky Rec Center are treasures and we want to make them even better - they should be more accessible and with the amenities that residents want. And there are many unused vacant lots in residential neighborhoods that should be cleaned up to serve the community.

Housing & Economic Development

This area has a vibrant commercial corridor and strong residential neighborhoods that we want to reinforce. We also need to stabilize neighborhoods that have many vacant houses and lots, and make sure that Land Bank properties go into the hands of residents. Finally, there are some prominent vacant buildings which can be redeveloped into new businesses and community hubs.

Existing Neighborhood Plan

Neighborhood Framework Plan

Meade Cut Through

13000 Dequindre

Jayne Field West Improvements

Davison School Yard & Drop Off

East Davison Village Community Space - Winter

East Davison Village Community Space - Spring

Bundled Lots Pilot Program

The Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA) owns 713 vacant properties in East Davison Village, most of which are vacant lots, but but there are many vacant homes, too.

We've developed a program that builds on existing city programs to transfer these vacant lots and homes to residents, stewards, future residents, and the community. 

Aerial view of bundled lots pilot program in East Davison Village

The green areas are properties owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA).

Some DLBA lots should be reserved for special projects like new open space projects. The dark green areas on the map show large groupings of vacant lots that could be fit for new community nodes.

In Detroit, qualifying homeowners can by vacant DLBA lots that are next to their home. The areas in yellow show the possible side lots in East Davison Village.

East Davison Village residents care a lot! Some residents have been taking care of vacant land in their neighborhood - even land that is owned by DLBA. If a resident has been using and caring for vacant land, they should have a chance to buy it before it's made available to others. The dark yellow areas show some stewarded land that could qualify.

Sometimes, DLBA owned homes and lots are clustered together. Some people will be interested in buying these properties as a bundle - they can live in the house and do something productive with the land. The areas in orange show possible home+lot bundles.