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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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: Make Your Own Recycled Piñata

May 5, 2017 by  
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Cinco de Mayo is here, and I’m going to help you get in the spirit of the day by showing you how to reuse materials you have around the house to make your own simple recycled piñata. I can’t be the only one who has a closet full of reusable…

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5 things NASA and Walmart can learn from startups

October 13, 2016 by  
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So, you want innovation? Here’s how your company can embrace the spirit and success of entrepreneurs.

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Farm to cafeteria table: The new local food frontier

October 13, 2016 by  
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Institutions embrace their growing potential to rebuild local economies and deliver healthful food.

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Civic hacking: Building better city governments

July 11, 2012 by  
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Code for America offers a new form of citizen engagement promoting open data and how to build a successful, sustainable "civic hacking" community

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Tips for job search season

July 11, 2012 by  
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Twice a year, jobseekers are out in full force: now and New Years tend to be jobseekers’ high season. In the spirit of the season, here are five tips to support those in job-search mode.

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Watch Films on Recycled Fridges

August 1, 2011 by  
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Photo: filmsonfridges Here’s a project that gives a whole new meaning to pop-up and recycling. Films on Fridges is an outdoor cinema made entirely from discarded refrigerator doors. It has popped up near the 2012 Olympic Park. Guess what they will be showing: sporting classics, in tribute to the spirit of the Games. See Rocky, or Chariots of Fire on the back of a fridge. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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A Novel way to Give

December 3, 2009 by  
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As we come into the giving season, one of our favorite online market places, cosa verde has caught the spirit. Now through the first ten days of December you can enter to win great green handmade goods, not for yourself, but for those you deem worthy in your life

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