No Cookie-cutter Subdivion For Detroit's Lower East Side

There won't be a cookie-cutter subdivision in Detroit's Far Eastside project. Planners have come up with innovative approach for city lots that only 30 feet wide.
May 21, 2003, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"When the little homes on the lower east side of Detroit were being built around 1920, a standard city lot was 30 feet wide... This neighborhood is being rebuilt for home owners who like the criss-cross grid of city streets and the short, neighborly spaces between houses. They want the option to walk to the corner for an ice cream cone or a bus.To bring that reality back to an area that's lost 4,000 of its 8,000 houses, planners measured the streets, measured the lots, studied the remaining homes and drew dozens of sketches for houses with the right personality and scale. Their sketches are meant to suggest house styles to the builders bidding for vacant lots."

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Published on Sunday, May 18, 2003 in The Detroit Free Press
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