Metro Detroit Planners 

The Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) introduced an event series in Metro Detroit in 2010, initially referred to as Breakfast | Beverages | Bright Ideas | Books (BBB) WHICH HAS NOW EVOLVED INTO THE METRO DETROIT PLANNERS SECTION!

We ran events quarterly, highlighting planning and development in Metro Detroit with neighborhood walking tours (Liv-6, Grandmont Rosedale, Detroit-Grosse Pointe Border to Border, Jefferson East and many more); panel discussions (Midtown Detroit development, Community Development Organizations, and cross jurisdictional planning); historic building tours (Masonic Temple, the Guardian Building, Michigan Central Station); summer and winter holiday planners’ gatherings (Fowling! Feather bowling! Southern Fires! Mt. Elliot Park!); and our MAP Reads Book Group. For nearly a decade we delivered opportunities for Metro Detroit Planners to network, learn, and immerse themselves in the exciting renaissance of Michigan’s premier city.

This events program solidified into a more organized initiative with the establishment of the Metro Detroit Planners (MDP) in 2019. We created a steering committee, developed subcommittees to take on events and professional development, and established a schedule of events for 2020. COVID thwarted our events program that year, but we reconvened throughout 2021, and are ready once again to launch a range of events that will bring together Metro Detroit Planners.

Black Student Conference Scholarship

The Metro Detroit Planners are doing more than plan and organize exciting and inspiring events.  The MDP Career Development Committee developed and launched a scholarship program for Black students studying planning to cover all costs to attend the MAP Conference . A short and successful fundraising campaign among MDP members exceeded our goals.  This year the Planning Michigan Conference is being held at Grand Traverse Resort, October 4-6, 2023.  

If you are a Black student studying planning in Michigan, you may be eligible for the scholarship!  Follow this link to apply for the scholarship. 

Donate to the Black Student Conference Scholarship

Upcoming Events 

MAP Reads

April 19, 2023

MAP Reads is back for 2023 with Race for Profit:  How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.  Past MAP Read picks here.  

Join us at Chroma at 5 PM.


Planners Night Out 

May 24, 2023

We'll meet at Woodbridge Pub at 5 PM.  Plans are underway for a neighborhood tour. 


Corktown Tour 

June 22, 2023

Save the date.  Registration information coming soon!


Kayaking and Annual Summer Gathering

July 20, 2023

Details coming soon!


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