Welcome to The Neighborhoods, where we are the spirit of Detroit. We’re here to tell your stories from across the city and share them with everyone. East side, west side, southwest — it’s our belief that everyone here has a story to tell.

Here at TheNeighborhoods.org, you can learn more about the city's 200-plus neighborhoods (yes, there are that many) in the city, events and happenings, resources for families, information about block clubs, neighborhood organizations and volunteer opportunities, and the people and business that make Detroit home. We’re also live on Comcast Channel 21, a City of Detroit cable channel, and MyDetroitCable, the City’s YouTube channel.

Have an idea you’d like to share with us? Email [email protected] or mail us at

City of Detroit — Department of Storytelling

2 Woodward Ave., Suite 333

Detroit, MI 48226

Staff Bios


Eric Thomas, chief storyteller

Eric Thomas is an entrepreneur, storyteller, social commentator, brand strategist, artist, self-taught designer and life-long Detroiter. As co-founder of the local storytelling agency Saga MKTG, Eric has spent his career connecting nonprofits, municipalities, and businesses to communities through honest and thoughtful marketing strategies. His goal has always been to connect people to resources while celebrating the rich diversity of identity and experiences. In his decade of entrepreneurship, he has been most proud of hiring and contracting mostly Detroiters and creatives of color. In his national speaking, he is a fierce advocate for diversifying talent pipelines and hiring the true culture creators in America. His writing on inclusive spaces, social equity, and Detroit has been published in the Detroit Free Press, Hour Magazine, and the Financial Times. 

What I do: As chief storyteller I am to celebrate Detroiters and connect Detroiters to resources to improve their quality of life. 

My favorite thing about Detroit: The people.

Talk to me about: Branding, Social Media, Storytelling, Detroit Talent, Diversity, Inclusion, Asset-based framing for communities of color. 

If I had a superpower, it would be: The ability to create matter

Follow him on Twitter at @Eric_S_Thomas and email him at [email protected].