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Roosevelt Park and Michigan Central Station

Michigan's highway: The present state of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In part two of our series Michigan's highway, we look at the extraordinary economic resurgence that's taken place in recent years along commercial strips and downtowns on Michigan Avenue.

A cyclist on the Dequindre Cut

Guest column: New bicycle crossing over Detroit River a major victory for non-motorized transit

It will soon be possible to explore both sides of the Detroit River on two wheels or two feet. 

MDARD

Here's what success in building local food systems looks like

From education to certification, programs in the Upper Peninsula are helping farmers and buyers connect. Some of their work will soon be helping farmers in the Lower Peninsula, too.

Judge Larry Williams at 36th District Court in Detroit

Local elected officials of color on race and politics in the age of Trump, part 3

The concluding installment of our Politicians of Color series features a variety of local elected officials, ranging from Washtenaw County commissioner Alicia Ping to Detroit district court judge Larry Williams. 

A Parducci relief

Q&A: Parducci Society president on the sculptor's legacy and her organization's annual tribute

Model D spoke with Jennifer Baross about Parducci's significance to Detroit, characteristics of his work, and what guests can expect at the society's annual Parducci Tribute at the Masonic Temple.

Joe Spencer, owner of Louisiana Creole Gumbo

Video: Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo at Startup Story Night

On Thursday, January 19 five metro Detroit entrepreneurs performed stories about challenges they have overcome to grow their businesses. Watch Joe Spencer of Louisiana Creole Gumbo tell his.

Michigan Avenue, year unknown

Michigan's highway: The history of Michigan Avenue, our state's most important road

In the first of a three-part series on Michigan Avenue, we look at the history of the road, from its construction along the Sauk Trail to its recognition as a Historic Heritage Route.

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Lafayette Park

Lafayette Park, completed in 1960, is an exceptional example of modern urban architecture, as well as urban planning, according to the City of Detroit Historic Designation Advisory Board. Its 26 buildings by Mies van der Rohe, are his only works in Michigan and the largest collection of his buildings in the world. It includes a small shopping center.

Lafayette Park offers three high rise apartment buildings: Lafayette Pavilion and Lafayette Towers, designed by van der Rohe, and 1300 Lafayette East Cooperative, designed by Gunnar Birkerts. Each offers the unadorned, glass and steel feel of the Lafayette Park – which van der Rohe cited the "civilizing force" of technology as the "driving and sustaining forces" of its time – with their own swimming pools and fitness centers. However, many who prefer ground level condominiums and apartments value the intimate village feeling of the area.

Lafayette Park is a short walk from downtown and Eastern Market, and a short bike ride to the cultural center, downtown, and the East Riverfront/Belle Isle. A small shopping center offers built into the neighborhood on Lafayette Boulevard, complete with the Paris Café coffee shop and grocery store. There is plenty of green space, including a neighborhood park, with landscape architecture dressing up the periphery of the neighborhood.

For more information about Lafayette Park visit the Model D:
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