August 2011 - Issue 1


 The Common Denominator

   news & numbers you can count on!


In This Issue
Michigan Redistricting
Youth GIS Training
Model D Feature
Census 2010
Upcoming Events
About Us 

Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.

Welcome To D3's Newsletter


Hello and welcome to the inaugural edition of our D3 newsletter, The Common Denominator! We have updated our approach to communications and hope to provide you better access to the news and numbers that  will help inform your work and life here in Michigan! Read More From Kurt...


Kurt Metzger
Data Driven Detroit


Power Lines: How the 2011 Redistricting Shapes Minority Representation in the Detroit Region.
by Alice Hargreaves, Julia Roberts & Kat Hartman

Recently, the Michigan Senate and House passed the 2011 Apportionment Plan which awaits the expected approval of Governor Rick Snyder. Every ten years following the Census, the Michigan State Legislature redraws the boundaries of the state's congressional and legislative districts to account for population changes. This process has important political implications and is more than a bureaucratic update of lines on a map. These district boundaries influence who gets elected and the quality of political representation provided to Michigan citizens. Data Driven Detroit (D3) has developed the following analysis and downloadable map packet to help community groups and citizens analyze the effects of the new plans on communities.  Read More...


D3 Engages Southwest Detroit Teens Through Community Youth Mapping Program
by Josh Long

Try using case studies, success stories, testimonials or examples of how others used your product or service successfully. Solicit material from clients and vendors, or ask your readers to write. It's a win-win! You get relevant content, and they get exposure.

Data Driven Detroit(D3) has partnered with Southwest Counseling Solutions to educate Southwest Detroit youth about the geography of their neighborhood as part of the Community Youth Mapping Program. Developed by the Center for Youth Development and Engagement, The Community Youth Mapping Program is a nationally reproduced model that has taken place in 100 other sites across America.  Read More...


2010 Census - Where to Find Our Local Analysis
by Kelly Goodman
The release of Census data is always a big deal for us Data People, but it is also a big undertaking- both to clean the data and summarize it in a way that is useful and usable.  After months of Data Driven Detroit (D3) staff effort, it is time to share our hard work.   We hope the following Census guide to our completed, and in-progress, analysis sparks new ideas for using demographic data. Read More...


This month Dennis Archimbault from the web magazine Model D came by to visit our offices at 163 Madison. Model D's mission is to create "... a new narrative for Detroit -- telling the stories of development, creative people and businesses, vibrant neighborhoods and cool places to live, eat, shop, work and play."

We were honored that those at Model D felt that D3s mission and ideals aligned with their own. We had a great time hanging out with Dennis and photographer Marvin Shaouni.
 Urban Analytical: Data Driven Detroit gets creative about city's future hit the web on July 19th, 2011. Check it out here and let us know what you think! And thanks again to Dennis, Marvin and everyone else at Model D for helping us bring the data to the people!