City of Detroit unveils plans to revamp 7 neighborhood corridors

Ever since Mayor Duggan took office and hired Maurice Cox to be director of the Planning and Development Department, they've spoken about "20-minute neighborhoods" — pedestrian-friendly commercial corridors that contain amenities like grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants. 

With its recent announcement, the city has taken a major step towards that goal. Crain's Detroit Business reports that the city of Detroit has officially released designs for seven major commercial corridors outside the urban core. Requests for proposals to implement the designs will be released later this month. 

The city spent two years engaging communities and working with design and engineer firms to develop the plans. Construction on these initial seven designs are expected to begin this spring and be completed in 2020. Crain's reports that in total, 23 corridors are expected to be redeveloped by 2022. 

In total, these projects will account for a significant portion of the $125 million in bonds the city sold to raise the funds. The rest was slated to go to road repairs throughout the city. 

The seven corridors include…
 
  • Livernois "Avenue of Fashion"
  • McNichols greenway
  • Vernor Highway from Clark to Michigan Central Station
  • Bagley in Mexicantown
  • Riopelle shared street
  • Joseph Campau greenway
  • Kercheval improvements

Crain's goes into detail for all of these redevelopments. For example, Bagley will be transformed into a "shared street" with a seamless sidewalk and road to accommodate festivals. 

Read more articles by Aaron Mondry.

Aaron Mondry is the managing editor of Model D and a Detroit-based freelance writer. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter @AaronMondry.
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