The grand avenues that radiate from Detroit’s city center once accommodated a variety of transportation modes including pedestrians, bicycles, horse-drawn carriages, trolleys, and eventually even the automobile. Over time they devolved in their design to serve just one – nine lanes dedicated solely to cars. Sidewalks were narrowed, trolleys eliminated and almost their entire physical dimension was given over to fast-moving cars fleeing the city instead of slow-moving people who lived, worked, shopped and went to school in the area. By repurposing these now underutilized, underperforming infrastructure assets, revived avenues could become a framework upon which multiple futures can play out. Here’s one such idea for such a transformation.
Gravel, R. (2011) "Detroit Re-Avenue: A Project from the Perkins+Will Innovation Incubator." Retrieved from http://perkinswill.com.