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Dearborn Mayor selected for Mayors’ Institute on City Design fellowship

Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud is one of eight U.S. mayors to be selected for the national Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) 2024 Just City Mayoral Fellowship this spring. As a fellow, Mayor Hammoud and members of his administration will participate in programming led by the Just City Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The MICD Just City Mayoral Fellowship brings together a selective cohort of U.S. mayors and their staff to tackle present social impact, justice, and equity concerns in their municipalities while proactively building models for a more just and equitable future for their cities. Over the semester-long program, mayoral fellows are provided tools to identify how inequity can materialize in their cities and develop a plan of action catered to their communities.

Hammoud stated, “We’re excited to take the lessons and expertise offered by the MICD’s Just City Mayoral Fellowship and apply them to help move the planning of our city forward. This is an opportunity to take best practices from across the globe, learn from experts and fellow mayors, and apply those learnings right here in our backyard.”

Led by nationally recognized experts in architecture, urban planning, art activism, housing, and public policy, the 2024 MICD Just Mayoral Fellowship will equip mayors with training in social impact and justice-centered design, equity framework measurement tools, and innovative design practices to increase equitable outcomes.

The 2024 MICD Just City Mayoral fellows include:

  • Mayor Matthew Tuerk of Allentown, PA
  • Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud of Dearborn, MI
  • Mayor Sharetta Smith of Lima, OH
  • Mayor Rex Richardson of Long Beach, CA
  • Mayor Remy Drabkin of McMinnville, OR
  • Mayor Sheng Thao of Oakland, CA
  • Mayor Cory Mason of Racine, WI
  • Mayor Kate Colin of San Rafael, CA

“Arts and design are critical elements of healthy communities, strengthening social cohesion and stewardship of place as well as contributing to more just and equitable outcomes for all people,” said Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD, Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. “The 2024 MICD Just City Mayoral Fellows have a unique and valuable opportunity to deepen their understanding and knowledge about how communities work, how change happens, and the roles of arts and design as they build strategies to address real challenges in their own communities.”

“Mayors are making decisions and investments today that will affect their cities for generations to come. They take that responsibility seriously, and want to unite their communities around solutions to their most pressing challenges,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the United States Conference of Mayors. “Mayors are seeking bold, transformative ideas to bring equity and prosperity to their constituents, and MICD’s candid, small-group format and access to national design justice experts provides just that. With 23 mayors already having gone through this Fellowship, the value of this program is clear, and the United States Conference of Mayors is proud to partner with the Just City Lab to continue guiding mayors through today’s challenges.”

“I’m thrilled to see this valuable collaboration between the Just City Lab and the Mayors’ Institute on City Design continue for this fourth year,” said Sarah Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. “While this year’s cohort comes from very different contexts – some from the Rust Belt, some from the Midwest, some from the West Coast – each mayor faces similar complex contemporary challenges. We welcome them all to the Graduate School of Design, where they will have an opportunity to engage with our faculty and students, learn from our justice-centered curriculum and research, and leave with new expertise to further equity and opportunity in each of their cities.”

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) is the nation’s preeminent forum for mayors to address city design and development issues. The program is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, MICD has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.

The Just City Lab is a design lab located within the Harvard Graduate School of Design led by architect and urban planner Toni L. Griffin. The Lab has developed nearly 10 years of publications, case studies, convening tools, and exhibitions that examine how design and planning can have a positive impact of addressing the long-standing conditions of social and spatial injustice in cities.

Learn more about the host organizations at MICD.org and DesignForTheJustCity.org.


City to host free watch party for College Playoff National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 8

Join Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud and the City of Dearborn in cheering on the University of Michigan in the College Football Playoff National Championship game against the Washington Huskies.

The City will host a free watch party on Monday, Jan. 8, 2024 in the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Seating is limited and first-come-first-served. Pre-registration is encouraged, but does not guarantee you a seat in the theater. Please note that overflow seating will not be provided.

To pre-register for the watch party, visit the following link: U of M vs Washington (Dearborn Parks & Recreation).

Concessions will be available for purchase at The Center. Food trucks will also be on site for the event.


City Beautiful Commission welcomes nominations for Dearborn Aglow: Winter through Dec. 13

Dearborn residents are invited to nominate homes with outstanding outdoor holiday displays for consideration in the annual Dearborn Aglow: Winter awards program, presented by the Dearborn City Beautiful Commission. The nomination period has been extended and will be accepted through Wednesday, Dec. 13.

To submit a nomination, call 313-943-2154 or fill out the following form: Dearborn Aglow: Winter 2023 Nomination Form.

Volunteers from the City Beautiful Commission will judge displays across the city during the evenings of Dec. 15, 16, and 17. Top honorees, to be announced around Dec. 21, will receive a special ornament and decal and will be honored at a ceremony in February.


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2024 City of Dearborn Calendar: January Pages

To download and print the month of January pages for the 2024 City of Dearborn Calendar, visit the following link: Dearborn Calendar-January Pages.

City buildings closed for Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24

The Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC), the 19th District Court, all Dearborn Public Library branches, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, and the Dearborn Ice Skating Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.

The DAC and the 19th District Court will remain closed through Monday, Nov. 27. The Center and the DISC will be open to the public during their normal operating hours as of Friday, Nov. 24. All Dearborn Public Library branches are open Saturday, Nov. 25. The Henry Ford Centennial Library will be open 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26, but the Bryant and Esper branch libraries will be closed.

Curbside trash, recyclables, loose leaf, and yard waste collection will be delayed by one day on Thursday and will resume the normal collection schedule on Friday, Nov. 24. Loose leaf collection will take place as scheduled on Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25. Review the loose leaf collection schedule at CityofDearborn.org/Leaves.