Rezoning efforts: Toledo Ave. Corridor & Clark Park

Good evening all,

I hope this finds you well. In follow-up to my last email regarding rezoning efforts in 48209, I wanted to share this online letter/petition we're organizing to demonstrate community support for the efforts. I ask that you please consider signing on yourself, and sharing within your networks, on social media, etc. 

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The efforts will likely come up for a vote at the City Planning Commission at the end of the month/early October, so please share widely.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Letter to City Planning Commissioners in Support of the Rezoning Efforts in the 48216 and 48209 Zip Codes
September 24, 2020

Dear City Planning Commission,

We, the undersigned, support the rezoning efforts in the 48216 and 48209 zip codes as presented to the City Planning Commission for a public hearing on July 23, 2020. We urge you to adopt the recommendations and send them to City Council with a recommendation of approval.

These heavily concentrated industrial zones were created decades ago when the city and neighborhoods looked much different. Today, many of our neighbors now live in these areas. There are continuous blocks of families living in heavy industrial zones, with no buffer between them and current or future industry.

Our front-line communities, composed of mostly low-income families, immigrants, and people of color, disproportionately bear the burden of pollution and environmental justice issues. Not only do our communities have higher rates (11.3%) of childhood asthma (compared to the national average of 7.5%), but Southwest Detroit generally has a high density of industrial sources, highways, and fugitive dust that leads to some of the highest concentrations of particulate matter and sulfur dioxide in the State of Michigan.*

This rezoning is in alignment with the recommendations of the W. Vernor Corridor planning study done in 2018 and will bring the zoning into alignment with the City of Detroit’s Master Plan and prohibit the further encroachment of heavy industry into residential areas. We support the existing businesses in these areas; however, we want to make sure our community is protected and able to grow. Leaving the zoning as is leaves us vulnerable to new industries opening, existing industries intensifying their use or expanding their footprint and defenseless of further encroachment onto our homes.

This rezoning is a critical step to support our ability to live in clean, healthy neighborhoods, and to protect our families and neighbors. All Detroiters have the undeniable right to breathe clean air, buffered from industry and its associated truck traffic and to live in communities that support and enhance their quality of life.

We sincerely urge the City Planning Commission to put the health and well-being of Detroit residents’ first by approving these recommendations and sending them to the Detroit City Council with the recommendation of approval.


[List of Individuals]

*Dr. Stuart Batterman, University of Michigan School of Public Health, personal correspondence 9/10/20.

* Required


THOMAS “TJ” ROGERS (he/him/his)


Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda‐López ‐ District 6


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From: Thomas Rogers

Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:25 PM
Subject: Rezoning efforts: Toledo Ave. Corridor & Clark Park

Good afternoon all,

I hope this finds you well. Please join our office and staff from the City Planning Commission next Wednesday August 19 at 6:00p for an info session on rezoning efforts in 48209 to make our community healthier. Details below and flyer attached. Please share with your networks.

Phone: (301) 715-8592
Meeting ID: 920 2951 2677
Pass code: 962687


THOMAS “TJ” ROGERS (he/him/his)


Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda‐López ‐ District 6



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