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Year III Term I 2011 Prof. VIRGINIA STANARD Livernois? Liver-Yes! UDM SOA


DETROIT DETROIT DETROIT DETROIT DETROIT DETROIT


PALMER PARK, DETROIT MI


Table of Contents Livernois? liver-Yes! Neighborhood Typologies SWOT/STEEP Analysis Narrative Site Strategy Focus Area- Moving McNichols


Collaboration The Detroit Works Project- For Detroit to work we need action today and we need to start planning for tomorrow. Since its inception the project has gathered critical data that can help do both. In order to help address the needs you face every day, Mayor Bing introduced the Short Term Actions in July of 2011, which employs the incredible depth of research and market data thats been gathered so far. All this, while the long-term planning moves forward. Each informs the other, with our day-to-day made better, not only because there’s work being done now, but because that very same work can help show the way toward what can, and needs to be done tomorrow!

University Commons- The Mission of the organization is to improve the physical and economic character of the Livernois/McNichols corridors, support planning and development activities consistent with the Restore Program operated by the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood and Commercial Revitalization, enhance communication among concerned stakeholders and public entities and other wise promote the quality of life within the area.

Project Meerkat- A team of Master’s of Community Development students that look to transform a nearby struggling Detroit neighborhood and re-invent neighborhood watch programs, creating interest in the neighborhood to stand strong.


Project Meerkat Community Walkshop


Livernois? Liver-Yes! Objective

This Detroit Collaborative Design Center sponsored studio is rooted in the mission of the office which is to provide quality design services through community-based design. Through this lens, the studio will consider physical strategies for the Livernois Avenue corridor, and the neighborhoods in proximity to it. Students will develop a multi-layered strategy for the site, both urban and architectural, by turning research, mapping, and analysis into the of design.

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Methodology

The studio consists of overlapping activities of research, mapping and analysis, collaboration, and design. The first half of the studio consists of structured research, conducted in teams, investigating the site and its neighborhood typologies, as well as the development of an urban strategy. The studio will also incorporate readings and discussion, and guest lectures. This component will utilize the students skills in structuring and communicating their research into a critical and coherent whole, both visually and verbally. The second half of the studio will involve the development of individual design strategies for Livernois Avenue and its nearby neighborhoods by drawing on the students research and analysis in consideration of site, circumstance, and program.


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The overall site is grounded by Livernois Avenue and is bounded between Wyoming and Woodward from 8 mile to the John C. Lodge Freeway. The site encompasses The University of Detroit Mercy, Marygrove College, many grade schools including University of Detroit Jesuit Academy, Palmer Park, a cemetery and two golf courses.

Detroit Works Project Livernois Demonstration Area Area: 6 sq mi or 4.2% of Detroit Population: 66,200 or 9.5% of Detroit


MVA & RPCA OVERLAP & INTEGRATION

livernois neighborhood typologies

Integrated Citywide Map

steady I transitional I distressed

UDM

Steady Distressed Transitional Varied


Neighborhood Typologies The Detroit Works Project divided Detroit into separate typologies including steady, transitional, distressed and varied. Our site has all four located in its boundaries.

Steady Transitional Distressed Varied


These photos were all taken in the same neighborhood... How do these interact with each other?


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Steady Transitional Distressed Varied


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Distressed


Steady

Distressed

Taking a piece of wood from the site that had old faded out white paint and nails protruding out divided into sections reminded me of our site and the relation that one section has with the other. By taping off parts and painting them white with straight lines representing the houseowners that maintain their property even though others (represented by the faded out white paint) in their community do not care or do not have the means to keep up their property. The natural weathered wood represents the homes that the earth is reclaiming.


A STEEP analysis looks at the external factors and broad trends affecting a site or project in terms of Sociocultural, Technological, Ecological, Economic, and Political Factors. A SWOT analysis looks at specific factors affecting the site or project in terms of its Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

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Strength: Community Kresge Foundation

Skillman Foundation Good Neighborhoods Initiative

Warm Training Detroit

Detroit Area Agency on Aging

Detroit Mower Gang

People始s Movement Assembly

Detroit 20/20

Brightmoor Alliance

Data Driven Detroit

Sustainable Communities Program

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Detroit Community Initiative

Community Development Advocates of Detroit

HANTZ Farms Greening of Detroit

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Weakness: Transit Woodward Light Rail Stops

“Walking Distance”

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Bakers Jazz CLub Mikes Market Secretary Of State

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Opportunity: Transportation “Walking Distance”

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Detroit Mercy

With the diagrams and research done there is a great need for a secondary transit system?


Urban Connections Challenging Detroit’s dependency of the car by making non-motorized mobility more accessible


Meet Tom Tom is a bicycle commuter who lives in the University District

Every morning he struggles with his commute to work. Cars and traffic, Safety and accessibility

What if there were bike lanes?


The Perfect Precedent So close, Yet so far away...


Corktown Bike Path

m-bike.org

Not too far away is a system of bike paths in Corktown, Detroit. These Paths have influenced secondary transportation and have helped this part of the city become more forward thinking, green friendly and also, great set of paths that have become a destination for people all around Southeast Michigan. This is a great example for what could be done in the University District with the roots of this bike system already in place, we just need to grow off of them.


Car Dominated LIVErnois Now...

Bike Friendly LIVErnois

Sidewalk

Bike Path

Thru Lanes

Thru Lanes

Bike Path

Sidewalk


“The future connection with the city”


Woodward Light Rail


Woodward Light Rail

Cycling Distance

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With the proposed bicycle lanes and the Woodward Light Rail My morning commute was a breeze!


After taking the bike path to the McNichols stop of the WLR

Putting his bike on the train bike rack, Tom is ready to go Downtown.


Group Site Strategy


Ferndale

Royal Oak

East Detroit Harper Woods

8 Mile

Suburbs West Detroit

Site Strategy

Baker’s Lounge

Site Strategy Key

Woodlawn Cemetary

Joe Louis Park

Destination/Asset

Gathering Space

1917 Bistro UofD Jesuit Mike’s Market

Old Redford

Seven Seven Mile Mile

Conant Gardens Grixdale

Livernois

Wyoming

Palmer Park

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Emma Stark Hampton Middle School

Minor Entrypoint Major Entrypoint

Woodward Light Rail

McNichols

Dequindre Cut Gratiot Mohican Regent Park

Marygrove College

Rosedale Grandmont Rosedale Park

Pedestrian Bridge Vehicular Bridge

Bus Routes/Stops 45

UDM

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Puritan

Downtown Tech Town Midtown Greektown Light Rail Route

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Barton-McFarland Aviation Subdivision

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Windmill Farmer’s Market

Claytown Greenways Corktown, Mexicantown

Downtown

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For our group site strategy we focused on identifying gathering spaces which we defined as areas with frequent activity. We also layered different forms of transportation including bus routes and bus stops. When all the layers were combined, certain areas where mutliple layers interacted, began to show on the map as target areas. This allowed for our group to identify focus areas of interest.


Moving McNichols


FOCUS Area

Corner of McNichols and 3rd Student Housing Site


NETWORK Strategy Move Let’s

Legend

8 Mile

UDM

Gathering Space

Baker’s Lounge

Bus Routes Stops

Woodlawn Cemetary

Joe Louis Park

Destination

Woodward Light Rail 1917 Bistro

UofD Jesuit Seven Mile

Detroit Non-Motorized Plan

Mike’s Market

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Palmer Park

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Marygrove College

University of Detroit Mercy Puritan

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Thesis:

This project aims to bridge the gap between students and locals through retail, Transportation and Housing while also providing new opportunities for students to spend money locally.

DesignProblem:

Student interaction in the community is very low and there is a great need for new student housing off campus. This proposed student housing, creates opportunities for new transportation around McNichols.

Solution:

With the new student housing developed on McNichols there opens a east-west connection from Marygrove College to Woodward that utilizes secondary transportation and allows for new stops at nodes along McNichols.


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Corner of McNichols and 3rd Student Housing Site

Looking at the Historic District in Palmer Park and researching the history and vacant multi-purpose buildings which led to the perfect location for the Multi-use Student Housing.


Transit

With the student housing rooted in the Historic District of Palmer Park there becomes an even greater need for transportation along McNichols. These statistics were for a shuttle bus along the east-west connection of McNichols.

Driving Forces

Connection Card Support your local Businesses with this Discount Card and receive special offers

Driving Force

Shuttle Bus admission- FREE Monday through Friday

A and inspiration was the Livernois V.I.P card, which offered discounts for local restaunts and shops in the University District. This card would be transformed into the Connection Card also offering discounts for local retail and restaurants and new retail long the E-W connection of McNichols. The card would also be multi-purposed into a swipeable identification card which would allow you access to the shuttle. The new card would be introduced and included in the Freshman orientation package and for sale on campus and in the community where the profit goes back into the community to fund new improvements.


Moving McNichols NETWORK Strategy Move Let’s

Thesis:

Legend

8 Mile

UDM

This project aims to bridge the gap between students and locals through retail, Transportation and Housing while also providing new opportunities for students to spend money locally

Bus Routes Stops

Woodlawn Cemetary

Joe Louis Park

Destination Gathering Space

Baker’s Lounge

Woodward Light Rail Detroit Non-Motorized Plan

1917 Bistro

UofD Jesuit Seven Mile

Design Problem:

Mike’s Market

Student interaction in the community is very low and there is a great need for new student housing off campus. this proposed student housing, creates opportunities for new transportation around McNichols.

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Wyoming

Emma Stark Hampton Middle School

Palmer Park

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UDM

Design Solution:

With the new student housing developed on McNichols there opens a east-west connection from Marygrove College to Woodward that utilizes secondary transportation and allows for new stops at nodes along McNichols.

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Apartment District Land Use Parking Vacant Multi-Level Apartment Single family Church Entertainment Service

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Merton Rd.

Woodward Light Rail Stops Eight Mile

4.University of Detroit Mercy

5.Entertainment

1.Woodward Connection Woodward Light Rail

Fitness Center Track Library

O’ Kelly’s Brown Dog Pub The Endzone Grill

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Corner Cafe Leos Tunes The Spot Coffee

Cafe Brewery Retail

Student Housing

Marygrove Connection

Guard Shack

Casual Necessities

Retail

Bus Stop

Liberal Arts Building

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Project Elements Green Infastructure Transit Streetscape Information Distribution

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University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Arch 2300 Section 3, Vertical Design Studio Instructor Virginia Stanard Fall 2011 Ross Piper


Woodward Connection Woodward Light Rail Downtown Detroit Royal Oak

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The first stop is the Woodward Connection which is the main junction of many different modes of transportation including the WLR, shuttle bus, and bike lanes.


Student Housing Corner Cafe Leos Tunes The Spot Coffee

Student Housing Retail 7’

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When deciding where to place the student housing it was very challenging to pick a spot. When I started diagraming the Palmer Park apartment district I knew this was the perfect spot being the gateway between Palmer Park and Woodward. With the asset of Palmer Park being in your backyard and so close to a major connection the abandoned mixed use apartments were the perfect match.


Casual Necessities Cafe Brewery Retail

The casual necessities connection offers a chance to eat, groom and shop, utilizing the Connection Card.

Casual Necessities

McNichols Scale 1�:75’


University of Detroit Mercy Fitness Center Track Library

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UDM connection allows a circulation of students to local businesses pushing them to experience life outside of the gates.


Entertainment O’ Kelly’s Brown Dog Pub The Endzone Grill

Stop Five is the Entertainment Connection with many restaurants, Bars and clubs with something for everyone to enjoy. The lack of entertainment and restaurants in the area matched with a close distance to two universities is a winning combination.


Marygrove College Theatre Soccer field Gym

Marygrove Connection

Guard Shack Bus Stop

Liberal Arts Building

The Marygrove Connection offers a gained experience between the two universities, bridging the gap between schools that are so close to each other, yet so far disconnected.


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This area was once a great congregation of students who were involved in the community and spent time and money at the local businesses. With the proposed student housing, secondary transportation and the Connection Card, this area has the potential to be a great congregation of students into the community once again.


Special Thanks


Virginia Stanard The Detroit Works Project Project Meerkat University Commons Kim Tandy Detroit Collaborative Design Center Ian Armstrong Tim Piper Sandy Testasecca My Group: John Quaine Ethan Sims Monica Groblewska To my family for all their support. Without them, none of this would be possible.


Moving McNichols