Detroit debuts brand new 20,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza

June 14, 2017 by  
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Detroit , Michigan is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States for pedestrians . But the city is taking one step to overcome that with the recent opening of a new plaza by the iconic Spirit of Detroit statue. The 20,000 square foot civic square offers space for live performances and art displays, and will host food trucks . The Spirit of Detroit Plaza takes over one block of Woodward Avenue between Jefferson Avenue and Larned Street in front of the statue, which has adorned the area since 1958. The space boasts tables and chairs, colorful paintings on the sidewalk, lights, and planters. It will go through a 90-day trial this summer to see how pedestrians and traffic respond to the newly-created area. Related: America’s first urban ‘agrihood’ feeds 2,000 households for free Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement, “Every world-class city has a central plaza where people can gather and celebrate its civic history, and in front of the Spirit of Detroit is the perfect place for all Detroiters to have the opportunity. We are committed to a Detroit that’s open and accessible to all and this new plaza has been envisioned to celebrate all of the diversities that come together to make us a great city.” Detroit said the new plaza offers “a more direct pedestrian link between Downtown and the Detroit Waterfront.” Vehicles will be redirected onto other nearby streets. The city also said the plaza’s presence could help slash the potential for crashes. The plaza helps simplify an intersection and that fact along with adjusted area traffic signals could even reduce delays on Jefferson Avenue. If the trial goes well, city agencies and the mayor aim to make the plaza permanent. City Planning Director Maurice Cox described the Spirit of Detroit Plaza as a “key piece in making a more vibrant, walkable, diverse downtown.” He appears to have high hopes for the plaza, saying in a statement, “By simplifying the downtown grid and consolidating traffic flow, we are creating a more inviting street and safer pedestrian crossings. And of course, if something changes or the design doesn’t work as well as we expect, we can adjust it or even restore its original design. We expect this will reset expectations for what is possible on neighborhood streets across the city.” Via Curbed Detroit and the City of Detroit Images via Janette Sadik-Khan on Twitter , City of Detroit , and City of Detroit on Twitter

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Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights

March 10, 2014 by  
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Bright orange reflective vests might keep bicyclists and pedestrians safe at night but they don’t exactly scream cool, which often discourages their use. Enter Halo Belt 2.0 — the glowing LED, USB rechargeable safety device that can be worn as a belt or shoulder strap. When the San Francisco startup Halo Belt Company launched its original Kickstarter campaign in 2012, there were immediate design comparisons to the illuminated characters in the 1982 Disney science fiction film “Tron.” The latest version continues the “Tron” theme with a redesign that is brighter and at a lower price point compared to the original Halo Belt that retailed at $85. The new and improved Halo Belt 2.0 can be purchased for a $37 Kickstarter pledge that includes free shipping. Read the rest of Stylish Halo Belt Keeps Bikers, Pedestrians Safe with Tron-like LED Lights Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle safety , biking , bright lights , Halo Belt , Halo Belt 2.0 , LED , pedestrians , reflective vest , running , safety , Tron Bike Belt , Tron lights , USB rechargeable        

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City in Wisconsin Seeks to Outlaw Bicyclists & Pedestrians

October 14, 2011 by  
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Photo: psd via Flickr/CC BY In what is not an alternative draft of the screenplay for Footloose but an actual news item, a town in Wisconsin has moved to solve its bicycle and pedestrian safety issues by making a simple law: No more walking and biking. It looks like the city of Hull may just become the least green city in the entire world. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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#OccupyWallStreet Moves Into Brooklyn

October 14, 2011 by  
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Occupy Brooklyn Begins The #OccupyWallStreet movement is now world famous. ‘Occupy’ protests have sprung up in hundreds of cities around the world, from Boston to Reykjavík to Seattle to Madrid. But there’s at least one culturally significant, hugely populous location — one that’s curiously nearby to Liberty Square itself — that still hadn’t seen an Occupy movement sprout. And that’s Brooklyn. This Saturday at 11 am, the Occupy Brooklyn movement offici… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Spacecraft: A Cabin that Embraces Nature

October 14, 2011 by  
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Cerentha Harris/© Cerentha Harris writes: The name may lead you down the wrong path. This is not a space-age cabin all steel curves and high-tech materials, instead it’s a beautiful 160 square foot structure made from locally-sourced timber and glass inspired by the 19th century Japanese house at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena and Malibu beach’s ubiquitous timber lifeguard towers. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Researchers test variety of sounds to make electric cars safer in urban world

October 14, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Electric utility vehicle with NoViSim’s sound system to alert pedestrians of approaching vehicle.

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How To Design Cars To Maim Instead of Kill Pedestrians

January 29, 2010 by  
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Readers’ Fall Garden Photos (Slideshow)

November 11, 2009 by  
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Fall garden filled with black seed simpson. Credit: Tim Bruni From organic gardening with composted horse manure to raised bed gardens–filled with Swiss chard, spinach, romaine lettuce, radicchio, arugula, black seeded simpson and broccolini–readers send in their fall garden photos. Click through for beautiful fall woodland gardens, glowing golden Birch trees, and gardens prepared for winter.

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