|School:||School of Life|
|Paint, Plant or Play?||Paint|
|Detroit in One Word:||Misunderstood|
|Favorite Spot in the D:||Fort/Cass People Mover Station|
|Playing You in the SITC Movie:||The guy from the OC|
|SITC Hero:||Deborah Hecht|
Ben used to say “right now, Summer in the City is just a logo”. Uncertain but hopeful days those were early in Summer 2002. That’s when we put this crazy idea together — Ben brought the persistence, Michael brought the levelheadedness, and I brought an uncommon fondness for spreadsheets. And I drew the logo.
We started with the big concept and penciled in the details as we went. In the field, working alongside volunteers in all project genres, I experienced the magic first-hand. In the “office,” I helped develop our less-celebrated support functions: accounting, graphics, mapping, volunteer credit reporting, and other things you only wish you loved.
Today, while I’m not involved with the day-to-day, I’m a steadfast supporter of Summer in the City. And when I’m lucky, the Crew seeks my input on the next generation of crazy ideas. They should expect a fight if they ever want to change the logo.
Neil’s SITC Pics!
The SITC HQ!
I have loved Detroit for as long as I can remember and, even growing up in the suburbs, considered myself a Detroit. Still, there really is nothing like owning and occupying your own little piece of Detroit. Home ownership is written into the DNA and of Detroit and I could not be more excited that Summer in the City may have the an owner-occupied opportunity of its own.
It remains a hallmark of the organization (and legacy of its illustrious founders) that we avoid “front-office syndrome” and focus intensively on the people, partnerships and projects that make Summer in the City great. But we have gone and grown just about as far as we can without having a safe, stable and social place to call our home. With your help, we can make the dream a reality.
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1655 Clark Street
Detroit, MI 48209