Since 1868, Wayne State University has been rooted in Detroit with the area of Warren and Woodward serving as its front door to the rest of the city of Detroit. This week as the Detroit Creative Corridor hosts the 2016 Detroit Design Festival, the Wayne State University Office of Economic Development in partnership with the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department showcase innovative design ideas to transform the busy boulevard into a walkable, bikeable, transit- and retail-friendly corridor.
Running now through Saturday, September 24, WSU invites students, staff and community to participate in this unique visioning experience that will help shape the future of the area. Through creative yet practical streetscape improvements, such as painted bike lanes, pedestrian bump-outs and shortened crosswalks, Wayne State hopes to re-imagine Warren’s long-term design as a safe, active and vibrant corridor. On Friday, September 23, participants can experience a creative sidewalk seating installation and entertainment, and other activities. On Saturday, September 24, a pop-up market will take place at the corner of Woodward and Warren.
“With several major transportation and housing developments in the works, we anticipate density around the Wayne State campus to continue to increase,” said WSU President M. Roy Wilson. “Projects like Walkable Warren enable us to leverage our resources — our real estate and our talent — to serve the needs of our growing population and positively impact Midtown for generations to come.”
This three day initiative is just one of the ways in which WSU has highlighted their commitment to the community as they plan for the future of the main campus. Walkable Warren will involve local designers; Wayne State students, staff, and faculty; and the broader community. Prototypes and ideas generated during the demonstration will inform Wayne State’s next master plan. The demonstration is also intended to inform future streetscape changes planned as part of the City of Detroit’s federally funded plan for safety improvements along a five-mile stretch of Warren and the Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Walk Woodbridge initiative.
For more information on Walkable Warren and ways you participate in designing the future of this corridor please visit go.wayne.edu/walkable-
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