BBQ as URBAN RENEWAL w/Phillip Cooley
Monday, May 9
7:30pm, Pete’s Candy Store
(709 Lorimer St., Brooklyn. L to Lorimer; G to Metropolitan)
Detroit’s urban fabric has been famously torn. Because of this, a handful of civic leaders have redoubled grassroots community-based efforts to speed the city’s rise from despair, while attempting to avoid displacement and homogenization, using models of social entrepreneurship, public art, community-based education, non-traditional financing, urban agriculture and other innovative solutions for the post-industrial landscape. Detroit may be America’s first new urban laboratory, democratically allowing broad participation, while judging participants on actions and intentions versus age, race, gender, or other superfluous qualifications.
After modeling for two years, primarily in Europe, PHILLIP COOLEY moved back to Detroit, in search of more substance to his life. He opened open Slows Bar B Q and Slows To Go. whose success afforded him the opportunity to help those in need in Detroit. He works on projects ranging from helping to get other small businesses open, to building public spaces and public art. Cooley sits on the board of directors for Architectural Salvage Warehouse Detroit, New Detroit, Center for Community Based Enterprise, The Greening of Detroit, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and The Roosevelt Park Conservancy. He is also on the advisory board of ACLU of Southeastern Michigan and the advisory committee for the James L. and John S. Knight Foundation (Detroit). He is passionate about Detroit because he believes that it is a Democratic city where all are welcome to participate.