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Banglatown Project

Vision + Action Plan for Banglatown



The Vision + Action Plan for Banglatown, a neighborhood in Detroit and Hamtramck was developed with input from over 350 residents, business owners, and neighborhood stakeholders of the Banglatown neighborhood over a six-month period in Summer and Fall 2016. The Vision + Action Plan builds on the diverse hopes, dreams, and ideas of Banglatown residents to support a healthy and vibrant community. In this work, goodgood partnered with Global Detroit a non-profit that revitalizes southeast Michigan’s economy by pursuing strategies that make the region more attractive and welcoming to immigrants, internationals, and foreign trade. goodgood helped to thread together economic, social equity and ecological factors in the design and engagement process, teaching Global Detroit about the transformative role that design can play in neighborhood engagement and community building efforts.

Download a copy of the Vision + Action Plan here.

A special thank you to the community partners and businesses that opened their doors for engagement events and community meetings including the Bangladeshi American Public Affairs Committee (BAPAC), Burnside Carwash, Hamtramck Historical Museum, Lasky Recreation Center, Meghna Bazaar, and Power House Productions.

Location: Detroit, MI

Partner: Global Detroit

Design Team: Namita Dharia: Anthropologist / Benjamin Gaydos: Design Lead, Prinicple, Designer + Facilitator / Nicholas Looney: Designer, Photographer + Facilitator / Marc O’Brien: Designer + Facilitator / Karen Stein: Principal + Designer + Facilitator / Archie Walker: Designer + Facilitator / Julia Yezbick: Anthropologist + Facilitator /