A New, Park-Filled Vision for Detroit's Waterfront

A new framework plan for Detroit's East Riverfront District will focus more on creating public spaces than a previous version of the plan. The proposed vision for the waterfront would expand Milliken State Park and create two new parks.
March 7, 2017, 6am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The corner of Franklin and Riopelle streets would be included in the redevelopment of Detroit's east waterfront.

John Gallagher reports on a new plan for Detroit's east waterfront. "In a bold, new, and more democratic vision unveiled Wednesday evening, city planners showed off a blueprint to create three zones of public parkland on the riverfront where once private development had been scheduled to rise," writes Gallagher.

"The city also plans to create two new Dequindre Cut-style greenways down to the riverfront from the neighborhoods north of Jefferson Avenue to ease public access to the waterfront," adds Gallagher.

The article includes a photo gallery showing images of the current condition at the eastern waterfront, as well as renderings and plan views of the proposed vision for the waterfront.

Louis Aguilar provides additional news coverage of the proposed waterfront plan, along with another set of images. Skidmore Owings and Merrill, which contracted with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to generate the plan, also has set up a project page to explain more of the thinking behind the proposes planning vision.

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Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 in Detroit Free Press
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