We love downtown Windsor; we want to see it flourish. This starts with connecting neighbours to one another, providing space to listen, and developing a culture of collaboration across downtown neighbourhoods and across the street.
Community development begins in the neighbourhood, through place-based grassroots initiatives that bring neighbours out of isolation and into relationship with one another. Both the issues of the distinctive neighbourhoods and the dreams of those same places surface from engaged, connected, and resourced residents.
Our vision is one that many can agree on: we want Windsor to be a good place to grow up and a good place to grow old. We do this by renewing the city through neighbourhood community. This means that our strategy for community development involves creating and resourcing community at the neighbourhood level through community gardens, barrier free sports, a residents association, the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market, outdoor movie nights, and many other events in public spaces.
The Little Things Matter Program is another example of community development. Downtown residents can apply to the program with a renovation project in mind that will improve the exterior or facade of their home. Successful applicants will have access to a matching micro-grant that will reduce the cost of their renovation. Many of the volunteers that help out with the LTM Program are downtown residents who want to live in a vibrant and healthy downtown.
When it comes to community development, we are always willing to collaborate. We partner and collaborate with many organizations and businesses such as the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association, the Windsor Public Library, the YMCA, Caesar’s Windsor, Dougall Public School, Supreme Restoration, and many more.