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Congress for the New Urbanism: Building Places People Love

Campus Martius in Detroit (Credit: @CNUMidwest /Twitter)
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is an international nonprofit organization working to create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods, where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop and get around. Through 25 years of advocacy, CNU has changed the national conversation from a debate over sprawl to a discussion on how to reinvest in our existing communities. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique, authentic and walkable. CNU’s mission is to help people... Read more

Detroit to Test Out Zoning for the “Urban Life We Want”

Astro Coffee in downtown Detroit (Sam Beebe / Flickr)
Plenty of cities want to boost small business development, but that’s harder to do when zoning and regulatory requirements stand in the way. In a bid to ease some of those burdens, Detroit is sourcing designs for revived neighborhood main streets. According to the Detroit News, the city has put out a call for urban planners, architects and designers to propose concepts for walkable, mixed-use development in three commercial sites. Those designs will then be tested against the city’s zoning... Read more

Detroit Looks to Rebuild Fitzgerald Neighborhood

(Daniel Mears / Detroit News)
In Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhood, officials are taking their first shot at repurposing land left bare by the Detroit Land Bank Authority’s demolition outside of downtown. The plan is to renovate 100 vacant houses owned by the Authority, turn 257 vacant lots into urban orchards, gardens and parks that the city’s Parks and Recreation Department would maintain, and connect the University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College with a greenway path. Read more... Read more

New Opportunity for Detroit Neighborhood

Aerial of Brush Park Parcels. (Source: Bedrock Real Estate, Hamilton Anderson Associates)
In Detroit, the neighborhood of Brush Park stands between three of the city’s fastest revitalizing areas: Midtown, Eastern Market, and the Central Business District. All three have roared back to life in recent years, but Brush Park—just a five-minute walk from major cultural assets, pro sports stadiums, and a new streetcar line—sits almost 40 percent vacant. In the 8.4-acre Brush Park Parcels, Detroit can see a preview of the neighborhood’s future. Read more... Read more

Detroit Razes 10,000th Vacant House Under Mayor’s Blight Plan

Blight in Detroit (CREDIT LESTER GRAHAM / MICHIGAN RADIO)
A two-story, wood-frame house on Tuesday became the 10,000th vacant building torn down under Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s massive plan to eliminate blight as the city continues dealing with abandoned properties following a population decline. The demolition of 10,000 buildings is another win in a long battle to improve Detroit neighborhoods. Read more... Read more

Metro Detroit Has a $4.6 Billion Transit Decision to Make

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan has an ambitious multimodal plan to connect the region.
Th​e fight for functional cross-border transit in the Detroit area is nearing its half-century mark — but it took a big step forward last week when the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan launched the first-ever regional master transit plan. It’s a $4.6 billion vision to build the area’s first rapid transit system, connecting 1,125,500 people, 946,200 jobs, 23 colleges and 22 hospitals spread out over four counties, and includes the cities of Detroit and Ann Arbor. Read more... Read more

Existing Assets Boost Detroit Revival

Graffiti provides an art background in the Dequindre Cut, a rail line turned multiuse trail in Detroit. Source: Livedetroit.com
​ Detroit is perceived by some as the “Wild West.” Terms like “clean slate” and “off the grid” are commonly used as descriptors for the type of environment that a business or resident confronts when initially entering the city. While there is some truth to these ideas, the City of Detroit has maintained a basic level of municipal function through these challenging times. Along with excessive business and residential shrinkage and an unprecedented civic bankruptcy, growth and expansion continues—although it... Read more

Sites of Demolished Detroit Homes Used to Soak up Water

A "bioretention garden" built to collect rain runoff from Evergreen Road is seen in the Warrendale neighborhood of Detroit. (Photo: Carlos Osorio / AP)
​Detroit’s water department and Land Bank Authority, and the University of Michigan, turned four vacant lots into gardens designed to corral stormwater. The gardens will reduce the flow of stormwater in the city’s combined sewer system, reduce the amount of untreated sewage flowing into the Rouge River, and reduce flooding in streets during big storms. Read more... Read more

The Country’s Largest Bike-Share Operator Is Now Making Its Bikes In Detroit

Credit: FastCoExist
​The company that manages New York’s bike-share program—along with many of the other major bike-share networks in the country—has decided to start manufacturing bicycles in the U.S. In part, that’s because bike share is growing quickly, and Motivate, the company that runs the programs, wanted to be able to respond equally quickly with production. As cities expand their fleets, Motivate decided to revamp production and manufacture bikes in Detroit. Read more... Read more
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