Beautification & Maintenance


Area Maintenance Program

A number of beautification and maintenance initiatives are conducted in the greater Midtown area including the upkeep of the Warren, Mack, and West Grand Blvd. medians, the Hudson’s Art Park, Peck Park, Woodward and Cass Avenues streetscapes and the Midtown Greenway. MDI contracts with Operation Clean to pick-up trash throughout the neighborhood and the district’s expressway entrance and exit ramps.  MDI also hires a local company to handle graffiti removal on vacant buildings, light poles, and utility boxes, along with other special public space maintenance tasks.  These maintenance activities are funded by member dues and the public space maintenance fund.


Flowerbed Program

The beautiful spring and summer flowers you see as you drive, walk, or bike in Midtown and New Center areas, are courtesy of MDI association members, the Hudson-Webber Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and individual sponsorships of local businesses and community organizations. There are over fifty perennial flowerbeds along the Warren, Mack, St. Antoine and Anthony Wayne medians and throughout the New Center area.  Over $300,000 was originally invested to prepare specific areas for planting.

Mid-May through mid-October, nearly 55,000 flowers are in bloom for the enjoyment of visitors, residents, students, and the areas’ workforce. If you would like to sponsor a flowerbed, please call MDI at (313) 420-6000 and ask about the flowerbed program.  A sign of each sponsor’s name and/or logo will be placed on their designated flowerbed indicating the sponsor’s support and will also be listed on MDI’s website.


Detroit Spring Clean Up

As part of the Mayor’s Detroit Spring Clean Up Initiative, MDI coordinates a major clean-up effort in Midtown each May. MDI collaborates with Wayne State University (WSU) and the City of Detroit, both contributors of in-kind materials and resources to make this area-wide makeover a success. In addition, MDI and WSU work together to recruit a force of over 200 volunteers, many return volunteers, removed 1.5 tons of debris from our public spaces.


Wayfinding Signage Program

MDI designed and installed a comprehensive wayfinding signage system for the arts, cultural, medical, and educational institutions within the Midtown District. Over 120 signs were installed directing the public to over thirty Midtown destinations.  MDI maintains the signage system with support from the McGregor Fund.


Holiday Lighting Program

Holiday lighting in the New Center area has been a tradition for over 20 years.  The display includes lighting on over 50 median trees on W. Grand Boulevard and 42 smaller trees on the sidewalks adjacent to the Fisher, Albert Kahn, New Center One and Cadillac Place buildings. The lighting display is completely installed by mid-November and continues until the second week in January.