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Non-Motorized Midtown focuses on projects geared towards improving non-motorized transportation throughout the Midtown area.
Midtown Detroit's Greenways
The Midtown Greenway, currently under construction, will provide 3.5 miles of a 10 mile continuous greenway connecting New Center to Downtown and the completed Riverwalk. The non-motorized pedestrian and bicycle trail consists of walkways that are 12-foot-wide and follow existing street patterns with enhancements that include plants, trees, and bushes, bike storage and racks, people and pets drinking fountains, dog waste stations, way-finding signage, benches and LED pedestrian lighting as well as future art pieces. There are four phases of the Midtown Greenway, a 2 mile loop, connecting the campuses of Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center, and a 1.5 mile connector that will run through the Eastern Market to the Dequindre Cut which then leads to the river.
Why is a greenway important to Midtown?
The Midtown Greenway will:
- Reclaim right-of-way for pedestrians by creating a widened walkway.
- Improve pedestrian crossings.
- Use a variety of planting beds to safely separate pedestrians from vehicle traffic.
- Add unique lighting to improve visibility and spotlight new developments along course.
- Help community reclaim much needed green space.
- Contribute to the quality of life and the lifestyle of the community.
- Reintroduce native vegetation.
- Incorporate public art along the greenway
- Create an environment to help build a strong sense of place and community.
There are four phases of the Midtown Greenway of which Phase I has been completed. Phase I runs along Kirby from Cass to John R and then south along John R to Canfield. Construction of Phase 1 was made possible by the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, Michigan Department of Transportation, the Knight Foundation, the City of Detroit, Michigan State University Land Policy Institute, Metropolitan Title, Woodward Avenue Action Association, the Kresge Foundation, and from $2 million in federal earmarking. Phase I is one half of a section of trail that creates a loop, the Midtown Loop, running across Kirby Street from Cass to John R., down John R to Canfield Street, across Canfield to Cass and up Cass returning to Kirby. Phase III of the project will complete the loop.
Public Art along the Midtown Loop
A Midtown Loop public art master plan has been completed with the aid of public art consultant, Susan Wilczak, and MDI’s public art committee consisting of representatives from arts organizations in the greater downtown area. The art committee identified 12 different sites that provided the best opportunities for placement of public art along the loop section of the greenway. Art themes were identified that complement the area and the adjacent art, culture, and medical institutions, businesses, and housing. The public art component of this greenway section will be an excellent attraction for tourists.
Shown below are images of what the VA Medical Center and the Science Center will look like with the Midtown Loop in place!
VA Medical Center
Detroit Science Center
For more information on the Midtown Greenway, check out the Midtown Loop Greenway Presentation!