We have highlighted some of the public engagement efforts undertaken by the City of Detroit over the past year or so. The Knight Foundation recently released a report on that city’s efforts, Connected Citizens Detroit: A Snapshot of Civic Engagement:
One of the best examples was organic: once a year, residents of Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood gather for the Marche du Nain Rouge, a mini-Mardi Gras where residents can put on costumes and send the “red dwarf of Detroit” – said to have cursed the city for centuries – back from whence he came.
No chamber of commerce dreamed up the event that helps strengthen the neighborhood. It bubbled up from the people, and serves as a reminder that while the goals of community engagement may be high-minded and serious, the road there may be motivated by, joyfulness and fun.
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