Looking at maps (like this one) of old Detroit - before freeways, Lafayette Park and other megaprojects, it's evident that the street grid once ran largely uninterrupted through the developed parts of the city.
While I'm not an urban planner, I tend to agree with the Jane Jacobs school of thought that an intact street grid made up of short blocks is one of many ingredients of a healthy city as it is conducive to walkability.
So why can't we, the people of Detroit, push for small incremental improvements in our city street grid? Perhaps start by eliminating nonsense like this unnecessary dead end on Russell St. at Canfield:
And why does Columbia Street have to be closed off to traffic at Park? Given the influx of traffic near the stadiums and theater district, seems like it would make more sense to open up the grid to alleviate special event traffic backups.
But the coup de grace for messing up the street grid might be the southwest portion of downtown near the Federal Building and WDIV. Here's a map of a run I took. Notice the crazy route I was forced to take to get from Cobo to Grand Circus Park after making an errant turn north on First from Fort Street. First is closed from Howard to Michigan, even to pedestrians, as is Howard from First to Cass. Second runs from Congress to Lafayette, then dead ends at WDIV, but picks up again for a block and runs to Abbott, then dead ends again. There's zero pedestrian flow, and not surprisingly there's a dearth of street life in the area.
There are literally dozens, if not hundreds, of other examples of the broken grid. Some fixable, some not. There are probably more pressing issues facing the city at any given time. But perhaps that very mindset is to blame for the fractured street grid and lack of walkability/navigability in certain parts of the city?
In the last 24 hours someone has vandalized several murals in Eastern Market, part of the Detroit Beautification Project (DBP). The murals vandalized were on the Omnicorp Building and both sides of 1550 Winder Street. These murals were commissioned by each building owner and were untouched since their inception in 2012. This is pathetic, I don't care if you like street art/graffiti/whatever you want to call it, you don't go over someone else's piece, let alone building, after the motive of the DBP was to inspire and create some positive in the city. See below for pictures. Speechless, just plain out speechless.
I'm doing a project on Art Deco Architecture in Detroit and I was wondering if anyone could help me identify the building on E Warren & Wayburn that has the large Roach Killer sign? Thank you in advance for your help!
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