STORIES

East Side Avenues would not be possible without necessary funding, but it’s the people who truly drive our approach. The stories community members have shared with us have been invaluable in determining our next steps as we share a common goal for the future of the East Side.

STORIES FROM OUR 2020 CLASS OF ASPIRING DEVELOPERS

Brandi Barrett

“This program made me confident that I can truly be a commercial developer. I feel privileged to have been a part of this incredible learning experience and to have connected with many talented professionals.”

Lisa Daniels

“This program can open doors for anybody who wants to get into real estate development … it introduced us all to the development process and connected us to key people in the commercial development world.”

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Micheal Brundige

“You can’t beat the knowledge you’ll gain from this training program. Plus, the networking and mentorship it provides gives me the confidence and hope I need to keep moving forward with my projects.”

Laythanette Shine

“Out of everything I learned, the thing that stood out most was ME! I can do whatever I put my mind to. What stood out regarding the training was development starts with a VISION, plan, and a team of like-minded people.”

Angelo Threats

“This training class is a fantastic opportunity to learn the basics of commercial development. I also now feel like I have the resources and connections I need to help me complete my project.”

Raziya Hill

“My vision is to create more business incubators for nonprofits to share space and provide resources to the community. This class has given me the skills and knowledge to help me realize that vision.”

Nina “Nurah” SidiYahya

“The information that I’ve learned in this class is invaluable. I was so amazed that I hope to sponsor a few students for the next class. There’s nothing like being able to give back.”

GEORGE SCOTT

MICHIGAN STREET AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR

LILLIE WILEY-UPSHAW

MICHIGAN STREET AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE CORRIDOR

AHMED SALEH

MANDELA MARKET

PAUL LANG

CENTRAL TERMINAL

ESSENCE SWEAT

EAST SIDE COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS

MICHAEL THREAT

COMMUNITY MEMBER

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For more background, view the comprehensive East Side Plan.