Community Planning

Grand + Woodward Building Sustainable Communities

VCD is the Convening Agency for the Detroit LISC Building Sustainable Communities Grand+Woodward area. We led a community planning process to develop a Quality of Life Plan (QoA), which identifies the community’s highest priorities. Vanguard continues in our role as Convening Agency by organizing community stakeholders and organizations to execute the QoA Plan.

VCD continually works to organize our community. Our core values include economic equity and racial justice. We believe that this is accomplished only through making certain that diverse voices are at the table when decisions are made and opportunities arise.

Books on the Block

On September 10th 2016 we kick off our "Books on the Block" project. We have created 10 Little Free Libraries to be installed soon. They will help promote literacy and reading within the North End. Little Free Libraries make books available free of charge within neighborhoods by asking readers to leave a book whenever they take a book. Books on the Block is a part of a larger initiative being conducted by Detroit Little Libraries. Detroit Little Libraries is taking part in the national Little Free Library movement with a goal of planting 313 libraries in Detroit metropolitan areas with low access to books.

More information about Detroit Little Libraries can be found here: