Tag Archives: Detroit

RTA: Intercity Bus Service between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Coming To A Southeast Michigan Near You

Often discussed in conversations about regional transit expansion in Southeast Michigan is the idea of a high-speed rail connection between Ann Arbor and Detroit. At face value, it seems like a slam dunk: Ann Arbor has over 120,000 residents and … Continue reading

Posted in Public transit, Transit infrastructure, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Burgerbanism: The Twelve Dishes Of Detroit Christmas

At the risk of seeming like all I do is think about parking lots and protected bike lanes (which, admittedly, is a large portion of what I think about), I wanted to deviate from this in the spirit of the … Continue reading

Posted in Burgerbanism, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Detroit Park City No. 5 – Crossing The Post Office Desert of West Fort Street

One of the interesting things about Detroit’s built environment is the hub-and-spoke street layout. There are multiple, conflicting street grids, some working off true north and some following the curvature of the river. This is a product of a city … Continue reading

Posted in Parking, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lansing Field Trip: Michigan Public Service Commission

Today marked my quarterly pilgrimage to the great center of Mitten-power, that is, Lansing, Michigan. I go up every few months for the Energy Waste Reduction work group meeting. The EWR committee is convened by the Michigan Public Service Commission … Continue reading

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Energy Poverty | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday, Ambassador Bridge!

The Ambassador Bridge, or, Moroun’s Folly, as I call her, is 90 years young today. We commemorate this iconic landmark– and textbook example of the treachery of monopoly- on the tail end of two other great lakes tragedies including the … Continue reading

Posted in Industrial Heritage, Transit infrastructure, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Mobility Needs Old Mobility, Too!

I admit that I often approach discussions of “new mobility” with trepidation. Many mobility-themed events in Detroit are launched with much fanfare but end up just talking about, duly-hashtagged, #design and #autonomous. For the most part, autonomous vehicles are, as … Continue reading

Posted in Transit infrastructure, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gilbert’s Bedrock Is Beginning To Think Outside The Automobile

I attended an event last night hosted by Transportation Riders United in One Woodward. The second floor conference room has some great views of the city at sunset, thanks to Michigan legend Minoru Yamasaki‘s affinity for floor-to-ceiling windows. (Oh, I … Continue reading

Posted in Public transit, Transit infrastructure, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Saturday Night Parking Fever

En route to the Green Task Force meeting at Walker-Miller Energy Services in New Center, I stopped at 550 W. Fort St., site of a protest against the proposed demolition of the vacant, Detroit Saturday Night building at that address. … Continue reading

Posted in Historic preservation, Parking, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Greening Sprawl and The Limits of Incrementalism

Often, when I get excited about a discussion about sustainable urbanism or green building, the projects in question turn out to be, well, lackluster. I joke that New Urbanism is about designing sprawling strip malls where the parking lots are … Continue reading

Posted in Density, Sprawl, Urban Planning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment