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An opportunity to be part of Detroit’s rebirth


The Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative is working to raise funds to obtain a state matching grant for a new Greenway Friendly Bus Stop (see image above) at the corner of Gratiot and Conner in the City of Detroit. Not only … Continue reading

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The city with the most new bike commuters…


…is Detroit! Yes, that much maligned grand automotive manufacturing and research center of Michigan is where bicycle commuting grew by a whopping 464.4% between 1990 and 2012. So, Motown, the Motor City, Automation Alley, and the home of General Motors, … Continue reading

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A cut above – Detroit’s Dequindre Cut


For those out there that think Detroit’s a lost cause, the magnificent Dequindre Cut Greenway is an example of why you are wrong. Constructed along an abandoned below-grade rail corridor, the 1.35 mile greenway links some of Detroit’s coolest features … Continue reading

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Turning bold visions into reality


Kudos to Planning magazine for an insightful and interesting article in the January 2014 edition on the Atlanta BeltLine. Entitled, “Emerald Necklace, Southern Style,” author Alexander Garvin provides a terrific summary of this project by means of an excerpt from … Continue reading

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Islands of sanity amid sprawl schlock


Despite seas of commercial and residential sprawl in many parts of suburban Detroit, there are a few places of sane, sensible, and progressive planning that stand out as beacons of hope. Probably the most obvious of these dichotomies is just … Continue reading

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The scenic beauty of Detroit


Think Detroit is just an industrial wasteland? Think again, folks – here are a few photos that show the scenic (and softer) side of this great city. Enjoy!

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The downtown Motown rebound


Saturday evening I attended a fantastic concert by the Canadian alternative rock band Metric at the historic Fillmore Detroit Theater on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. On the way there I missed my intended exit and instead took the Lafayette Avenue … Continue reading

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