Ford Motor Co. on Monday announced it has named Joshua Sirefman, chief executive officer to lead Michigan Central, the mobility district the Dearborn automaker is developing in Corktown, anchored by the former Michigan Central Station.

Sirefman is the co-founder and former president of New York City-based Sidewalk Labs — Google parent company Alphabet Inc.'s smart city projects. According to the press release, Sirefman’s task is to "advance the vision for the district and execute a plan that leverages placemaking, cross-sector collaboration, and real estate development to promote innovation and inclusion." Congratulations to DDP Executive Committee Member Mary Culler, Michigan Central’s development director and president, Ford Fund, and Board Member Bill Ford, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Ford Motor Company.

Henry Ford Health System and its development partners plan to spend $4.2 billion to transform the neighborhoods around Henry Ford Hospital into a mixed-use community featuring new and renovated residences, retail offerings, medical and research facilities, industrial buildings, educational centers, added streetscapes and parks. The company envisions more people will choose to live in the neighborhoods near the hospital, work in the area, and either walk to an employer, ride a bike, or take a short trip on public transit This benefits of this investment will clearly spill into all areas of our city. Kudos to DDP Board Member and HFHS President and CEO Wright L. Lassiter III, and his team, for their vision and commitment to Detroit. Read more in DBusiness.