Pamela Hilliard Owens

Pamela Hilliard Owens, M.Ed. is excited to add a "Native Detroiter Voice" to the El Moore Writing Project. She is the founder, CEO, and Head Writer/Editor/Publisher/Marketer for three global companies headquartered at the Green Garage in Detroit, Michigan: Writing It Right For You (http://writingitrightforyou.com), Detroit Ink Publishing (http://detroitinkpublishing.com), and Your Business Your Brand Creatively (http://yb2csystem.com). She works with her husband, award-winning writer and journalist and musician, Keith A. Owens (http://keithaowens.com). Keith and Pam live in a 100-year-old home in the Historic Boston-Edison District a few miles north of the El Moore.

Detroit, the El Moore, and Jane Jacobs

The El Moore is a project under construction that will be a model of urban residential sustainable living. Like most cities in the United States, Detroit went through a phase of “urban renewal” in the mid-20th century, with very mixed results. Jane Jacobs, author of the seminal 1961 book on urban planning, The Death and …

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John White: A Story of Revitalizing a Detroit Neighborhood

Recently, when many people talk about the “rebirth of Detroit”, they proudly point to the flurry of redevelopment and resurgence mainly in three areas of our city: Downtown, Midtown, and Corktown. But as we native and long-time Detroiters know, there is much, much more to Detroit than those areas. People look to rehabilitation projects such …

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The Process of Detroit Community Building, Part 2

Over at the El Moore, a sustainable urban living project now under construction in Detroit at the corner of 2nd Avenue and West Alexandrine, we are also re-building a community. In his 2009 book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, Peter Block describes the plight of many of today’s communities: fragmented, trapped in dysfunctional and outdated …

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The Voices of Detroit: The People of the Council of the Three Fires

The El Moore, a sustainable urban living reconstruction project in Detroit at the corner of 2nd Avenue and West Alexandrine, is a beautiful example of late 19th and early 20th century history in Detroit. But Detroit’s history, of course, goes much, much further back—starting with the original people to inhabit this area: the First Nations …

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The Process of Detroit Community Building, Part 1

During the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the El Moore building on 2nd Avenue and Alexandrine, we are building more than a residential complex. We are building a community. How do you “build” a community? Over the past few years in Detroit, especially in Midtown and downtown, there has been a boom of new businesses, rehabbing …

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