Greening of Southwest Detroit
The Southwest Detroit Business Association (SDBA) and partners like Rotary International are setting out to change the image of Southwest Detroit from one of industrial to that of a Green Community. On Saturday, October 21, the SDBA began the first of what we plan to be many tree plantings and green initiatives throughout our commercial corridors. Our partners were the International Rotary 6400 representing both American and Canadian organizations of the Windsor and Detroit areas and CSX International. Thirty volunteers from across Wayne County and Windsor-Essex counties assisted W.H. Canon Company employees in planting 28 trees along West Vernor at the Dix and Waterman intersection. This section of West Vernor is not only a part of the Southwest Detroit Greenway, but also Governor Snyder’s Iron Belle Trail that connects Belle Isle in Detroit to Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula.
Rotary International has challenged the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world to plant one tree each before Earth Day on April 22, 2018. This challenge has been taken up Rotary District 6400, made up of 10 clubs in Southwestern Ontario and 40 clubs in Southeastern Michigan. This project was completed under the leadership of District Governor Rick Caron with Rotarians Noel Jackson (Trenton) and Tom Goebel (Windsor #1918).