Planning for the Strategic Redevelopment of Downtown Detroit (2006)

Client Organization: 
Downtown Detroit Partnership
Project Location : 
Detroit, MI
Secondary Client Organization: 
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Summary of Project Idea: 

Since its founding in 1701, Downtown Detroit has evolved from a major shipping port and industrial mega-power, to a place of racial unrest and economic troubles, to its present incarnation as a gritty city looking for a comeback. This study asked questions concerning how to revitalize this once glorious city and provide a major hub of entertainment, retail, and residential for residents and visitors alike. Working closely with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program Urban Markets Initiative and The Social Compact, we conducted an in-depth market analysis. Along with market research, 49 visioning interviews were conducted with people that were identified as key Detroiters. Based on the findings of the market research and visioning interviews, four catalytic areas for development in the downtown study area were identified, along with appropriate development schemes for these areas that incorporate their historical context, current and surrounding area context, and potential future uses.

SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Larissa Larsen
Master Students Involved in Project: 

Elizabeth Bailey, Kerry C. Duggan, Jennifer M. Austin, Kelly Drake, P. Jeremy McCallion, Elizabeth Schuh, Therese Houlahan

Project Status: 
Past Project