The history and cultural integrity of SW Detroit
Our community by empowering residents
The SW latino community and it's leaders
In 1989, a group of Latino community leaders, with expertise in business development and training, unified in the mission to create a Latino-owned and operated agency—MexicantownCDC. Informed by its guiding principle “A strong ethnic identity equals a strong economy”, MexicantownCDC would train community residents in entrepreneurship to resume economic ownership of community businesses and empowerment of community residents that had been severed with the construction of the I-75 freeway in the early 1960s.
In 2007, MexicantownCDC became a leader in the revitalization of Southwest Detroit with the $17.5 M development of its Welcome Center and Mercado buildings and plaza, honoring Latino contributions to Detroit and Michigan. Its high-quality, affordable retail space and popular Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center/Art Gallery/community meeting space, housed in the Plaza Del Norte building, ensure Southwest Detroit’s access to economic and cultural growth. Four thousand individuals currently flow monthly through the Plaza Del Norte building, conducting business with the Michigan Welcome Center and Secretary of State offices, the DTE Energy office, and Southwest Solutions ProsperUS entrepreneurial training office.