Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Break Itinerary to The Big D!

For our trip to the Motor City on Monday, I thought I would pass along the itinerary as well as some "non-required" readings:

Leave CUPPA around 8 or 9am
Arrive in Detroit about 2
Tour of the Motor City by 2 wheels at 3ish:
we will see:

  • Urban blight
  • Heidelberg Project
  • Urban Farms, specifically, Earthworks
  • Belle Isle- like they're Central Park, but an island. Great architecture
  • views of city and Canada
  • Indian Village Low-density (as much of Detroit always has been), beautiful, single-family residential area
  • Eastern Market- Country's oldest farmer's market for a food stop
  • Dequindre Cut- Rail to trail back to the bike shop, goes through Lafayette Park a residential neighborhood with the most Mies Van Der Rohe homes
Following the tour, a bunch of us are going to Windsor, ON, for some food and bev options. OH and gambling! Additionally, I hear that Slows BBQ is awesome, as well as...

Also, on Tuesday, we are meeting with some planners with Data Driven Detroit,
Please take a look at recent work of Data Driven Detroit:
Detroit Residential Parcel Survey,
Powerpoint Overview
Reports - (Download the Citywide reports for the higher resolution maps)
Data Definitions pdf

News Articles
Survey finds third of Detroit lots vacant: Positive news uncovered, too, BY JOHN GALLAGHER, Detroit Free Press, February 20, 2010
Maps and Charts: See results of the survey, Graphics by MARTHA THIERRY, MOSES HARRIS, ERIC MILLIKIN, KRISTI TANNER and JOHN GALLAGHER, Detroit Free Press, Febraury 20, 2010
Refit the city to its reality: Population data point to smarter schools and policing, EDITORIAL, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 28, 2010
Getting to a smaller Detroit, COMMENTARY BY ROBIN BOYLE, Detroit Free Press, Feb. 28, 2010
Flash Map - Interactive: The challenges of Detroit's vacant homes

See you Monday!!!

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