People around the globe have heard about the 1967 civil disturbance in Detroit, Michigan, but few know of the community dream birthed from its ashes. A group of dedicated residents in the Virginia Park area began to meet in area homes and churches, sold bonds to fund the vision, then built the Virginia Park Community Shopping Plaza.
The Virginia Park Community Investment Associates, Inc. (V.P.C.I.A.) operates the Virginia Park Shopping Plaza located on Rosa Parks Boulevard near Euclid Avenue. It is a non-profit organization that had the vision to have a "city within a city" after the civil disturbance of 1967 in Detroit, Michigan. This organization is hosting a community open house on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. in its office, located at 8671 Rosa Parks Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan, 48206. All are welcome to attend.
The open house is an opportunity for the community to learn the history of the Virginia Park area, while learning about the organization along with the vision that led to the building of the first community owned shopping plaza of its type in the United States.
For more information, call 313-361-2241. You can register for the free community open house at https://vpcia.eventbrite.com/