Buzz growing as Motown’s Downtown Population Grows, learn more at CNU XV's Detroit Sessions
Corey Williams documents the growing demand for retail in Downtown Detroit in the Detroit Free Press on May 5 in
Downtown Detroit retail lags despite rise in residents. More than 2,400 new units have been developed in the downtown since 2000 and another 1,700 are expected in the next couple of years. The new downtown residents would like to see more retail within walking distance of their homes and offices. Naomi Oglesby, a downtown resident, discussed the lack of general shopping facilities, "I'm used to the drive to the suburbs, but it would be heaven if there was no drive."
Williams sites a recent Brookings Institution Market Study that was conducted with the help of Chris Leinberger at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Research indicated that 125,000 sq ft of grocery space is needed to serve the growing downtown residential population. With that, another 389,000 sq ft is needed to support additional retail needs like clothing, furniture, and hardware supplies.
Research from the Brookings Institution Market Study, Downtown Detroit In Focus: A Profile of Market Opportunity, was brought into the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's ninth annual Design Charrette. Led by Doug Kelbaugh, 5-D: Adding Three Dimensions to Downtown Detroit divided professionals and students into groups for an in-depth focus of design and policy steps for distinct areas of the downtown.
For the first time, New Urbanists will focus on Detroit in two sessions at CNU XV. The Detroit Sessions will provide participants with a background on the city, the current real estate climate, and examples of recent successes. In line with this year’s theme of New Urbanism and the Old City, discussions on Detroit will highlight the progress that is being made in the city and how new urbanism can help redevelopment efforts.
In The Detroit Sessions Part 1: Downtown Development Strategies at 9:15 – 10:30 am on Saturday, May 19, join Mark Nickita, an architect working in downtown Detroit, as he moderates a discussion between Doug Kelbaugh, Maurice Cox, and Chris Leinberger who will talk about the recent research and proposals stemming from the design charrette.
Then stick around as the discussion moves to Midtown, a neighborhood just north of downtown along Woodward Avenue. In The Detroit Sessions Part II: Detroit Developers and Their Projects at 11 am, Doug Kelbaugh will moderate a discussion between Detroiters actively involved with the neighborhood’s regeneration. Peter Zeiler will start it off with a discussion of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation’s efforts. Sue Mosey will discuss the significant progress the University Cultural Center Association has made connecting the neighborhoods with Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies, and the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Engineering Society of Detroit. Herb Strather, President of Strather & Associates, and Dwight Belyue, President of Belmar Development Group, will discuss their work as private developers in the city.
Study areas of the UM TCAUP Detroit Charrette in 2007.
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