Last updated: January 30, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: January 30, 2013


(DETROIT, Michigan, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2009  Established: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: MARS PSYENCE
  • Phone: 3136439526
  • Address:
    DETROIT, Michigan, 48203
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please contact us to arrange for a tour. We are also listed on couchsurfing if you would like an extended stay. :)

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

urban ecovillage

Community Description:

Imagine a place, completely desolate and abandoned, devastated and burnt-out. Imagine a third-world-country, post-apocalyptic-feeling neighborhood, within Detroit City Limits, waiting for the right group of people to gather together to create lasting change and a positive impact that will forever change the way we live. Imagine working together to transcend limitations and lift that broken place into a community that is sustainable, in line with the highest good of all people and all beings, and that will provide not only all of life’s basic necessities, but will encourage people to reach their fullest human potential, so that together we may grow into a life of sustained abundance, prosperity, and conscious evolution. Together we have the power to manifest dreams into reality, to create Heaven on Earth, and to live harmoniously with each other and with our planet, so that our children and our children’s children may experience a life full of Bliss, Creativity, and Fullness. Imagine that ghetto within Detroit becoming an example to the rest of the world that real change is possible, that we as human beings are capable of being sovereign, beautiful creatures that can reclaim our divinity and our birth right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Fireweed Universe-City is a grassroots, not-for-profit movement to transform a devastated, burned-out Detroit city neighborhood into a sustainable, eco-friendly, intentional community that will be the grounds for urban farming, residential and creative space for artists, healers, musicians, and like-minded, forward-thinking, progressive individuals, families, small businesses, and the surrounding community already in place.

We can no longer turn our backs on our own neighborhoods. All across Detroit, it’s the same story; abandoned house after abandoned house, children at high risk for street involvement and drug use, high crime and violence. We have been named “The Murder Capital of America” one too many times, and we realize that it is time to step up and do something about it, time to unite ourselves and focus on the solution, so that Detroit may rise again into the beautiful city we co-create it to be.


  • Adult Members: 30
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current number of residences: 10
  • Additional Comments: construction is ongoing


Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional comments: flexitarian

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Video Gallery

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Permaculture, Anarchist, Radical, Evolution, Eco-village

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.