Greening the Common Ground: Mapping Equitable Access to Joe Louis Greenway
Public investment in green space should be nondiscriminatory. Studies have examined that green space is likely to distribute unevenly in American cities. In this project, we collect environmental, demographic, and socioeconomic data in neighborhoods that intersect with and surround Joe Louis Greenway—one of the largest public projects in Detroit, Michigan; use quantitative analysis to find neighborhoods confronting severe environmental injustice issues and are in urgent need of access to green space. On a smaller scale, we develop a landscape plan in Ford Park, Highland Park, as an extension of the proposed greenway to emphasize accessibility for people of all abilities and multifunctionality. Drawing on previous literature, the city’s framework plan and feedback from public meetings, we provide measurable metrics to assess and monitor the outcomes of greenway constructions. Finally, we discuss how to achieve equitable development by actively engaging the community in a long-haul process using novel tools such as mobile apps. Achieving a more sustainable city includes distributing opportunities and risks equitably, and our project aims to provide environmental, fiscal and economic, and social benefits to people of all races, economics and social status.
Yanling Mo, MLA, MS (EPP); Meng Jia, MLA, MS (ESM); Yan Li, MLA, MS (EPP); Chuhan Xing, MLA, MS (GDS)