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{WGBC}

Project Collaborators The West End Project is a partnership between WGBC, a driving force in the community and Detroit Studio, a Lawrence Technological University Urban Design Studio.

Students (Detroit Studio), Community Organizations, Stakeholders, External Reviewers, Project Partners, volunteers Artists, the duration of their service, West Grand Boulevard Colloborative (WGBC), Detroit Studio (Lawrence Tech University Students)

Project Introduction To support “West End Tapestry,” a project to design bike stations in neglected parks for West End, a historic, African-American Detroit community. The stations will serve as multi-purpose parks connecting neighborhood assets and promoting arts, history, entrepreneurship, health, and sustainability. Using community workshops, Lawrence Tech. University’s Detroit Studio will gather public input and prepare designs for the stations, in partnership with the W. Grand Blvd. Collaborative, a key com-

munity group, and with the Detroit Public Library, the Motown Museum, Henry Ford Hospital, artists, historians, entrepreneurs, and the Detroit Planning Dep. The stations will feature bike racks, art installations, gardens, reading-rest areas, recycling receptacles, maps (highlighting local history, bike routes, and entrepreneurship opportunities), rainwater collectors, and solarpowered lighting. This project will model creative, healthy, regenerative community development for other neighborhoods.


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Project Goals

{Create a sustainable West End Detroit Community through rich history, healthy living and a connected neighborhood} Goals Strategy: These goals and the objectives on the next page are the result of community engagement in the community’s initial master planning process in collaboration with the Detroit Studio.

#1 Healthy Lifestyle Options

#1 Strategic Objective:

The project strives to provide healthy lifestyle options through urban design principles incorporated into the landscape of the neighborhood. Recreational parks, exercise stations, playgrounds, bike share stations, community gardens, amenity parks are strategically located to allow easy access to healthy options.

#3 Cultural Preservation

#5 Economic Growth Opportunities

#3 Strategic Objective:

The culture of this neighborhood is #2 one of the most Bicycle & important assets Pedestrian for this project Friendly due the significant historical background the #2 community holds. Strategic When creating improvement in Objective: Through the creation the neighborhood such as of bike paths and wayfinding items multipurpose bike and plaques parks the project aims to provide an history needs to be celebrated. easy accessible network for the residents to promote and encourage the neighborhood to use alternative forms of transportation. This furthers the intent of multiple other goals.

#4 Communication & Education

#5 Strategic Objective:

Through strengthening and expanding the key assets in the neighborhood, including local businesses the intent is an increase in #4 economic opportunities Strategic through job creation, local support and Objective: the incentive for The creation of the more businesses to multi-purpose bike move to area. Not stations aims to not does this raise only provide alternative only the value of the transit options but strong neighborhood creates opportunities but provides for education further opportunity and community community engagement. Through for engagement activities. the design process, the project aims to conduct an inclusive improvement plan for the area and provide educational opportunities through innovative design solutions.


{Project Timeline}

Overall Project Process and Major Project Activities

Summer 2015: Developed Preliminary Master Plan Concepts Spring 2016: Received NEA Grant Summer 2016-Step 1: Developed civic engagement strategies and processes (1) Identify the key stakeholders in the project community and explore what roles they can play in the master planning and multipurpose bike station design processes (2) Build on an overall community engagement framework developed (see Work Samples) prior to this submission, develop civic engagement strategies in collaboration with the stakeholders (3) Work out details with the community stakeholders for the participatory action research and engagement process and educational community design workshops

Fall 2016-Step 2: Conducted research on the target community’s existing conditions (1)Study the local assets, opportunities, and challenges of the study community

Spring 2017-Step3:Develop a concise master plan for the surrounding community areas (1) Review and assess the pros and cons of three master plan alternatives, each focusing on a particular theme (developed between 2013 and 2015 by the Lawrence Technological University Detroit Studio Community Outreach Program in collaboration with the project communities) (2) Integrate the three master plan alternatives in a balanced manner and incorporate their respective strengths into one plan (integrated master plan draft)

(3) Coordinate the master planning effort with the Detroit Future City Framework (the city’s new master plan framework) (4) Integrate and coordinate the master planning effort with the primary community partner, West Grand Boulevard Collaborative’s ongoing projects (5) Finalize the integration of the three master plan alternatives into one consolidated master plan and develop

Summer 2017-Step 4: Develop urban design guidelines and designs for multipurpose bike stations and other focus areas; finalize a master plan for the study community (1) Using the abovementioned consolidated master plan as a guide, execute Step 3 and start first with conducting best practice case studies that focus on pedestrian friendly street strategies and a bike transit system; social entrepreneurship and urban agriculture-based community development; blue and green infrastructure network-based community design; crime prevention through environmental design; and branding of creative, regenerative community via wayfinding systems, adaptive reuse, environmental art, and place making. (2) Conduct data-driven and evidence-based design research on building a healthy, sustainable, smart, resilient, and viable urban community (3) Conduct an in-depth site observation and investigation focusing on site/location typologies for multipurpose bike parks, urban agriculture, and blue and green infrastructure elements (4) Develop urban design guidelines for multipurpose bike stations according to the results of the abovementioned initial investigations from (1) through (3) (5) Complete design of West End Welcome Center and Historical Gallery, not only as a new major community anchor but also as the lead/main multipurpose bike station (6) Complete design of key intersections of West Grand Boulevard to incorporate key multipurpose bike stations (7) Complete design of all multipurpose bike stations (approx. 20; final number subject to the results of community input) according to the urban design guidelines (8) Produce the final report (consolidated master plan, urban design guidelines, and designs for all multipurpose bike stations)


{Community Masterplan}

Community Engagement Process KEY

Community Meetings

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit

WGBC WGBC Key Partners Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit Northwestern High School

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit

Community Workshops

WGBC: West Grand Boulevard Collaborative (Primary community organization based in West End) Project Key Partners: Detroit Public Library, etc.) Block Clubs: located in West End

Summer 2016

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit Artwork Selection Committee

Community Design Critique Sessions

NCA: National Conference of Artists Michigan

NorthWestern High School: High School Students Artwork Selection Committee: from Community External Jury: Urban Design Professionals

Artist & Urban Designers Conversations

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit Artwork Selection Committee

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit

Residents: in West End

City of Detroit: Departments including Planning, Historic Preservation and other departments

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit Artwork Selection Committee

Summer 2017

WGBC NCA Artwork Selection Committee

WGBC NCA Artwork Selection Committee

WGBC NCA Artwork Selection Committee


One on one Meetings

Summer 2016

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit Northwestern High School

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit

External Jurors

External Jurors

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit External Jurors

External Jurors

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WGBC Key Partners

WGBC Key Partners Block Clubs Residents City of Detroit

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Design Reviews

Community Presentations

Community Tour WGBC Key Partners

WGBC NCA Key Partners Artwork Selection Northwestern High Committee School

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