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Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.

Tearing of the Urban Fabric

By Lisa Rayle, Transportation Consultant

Detroit’s downtown street grid in 1896. Block edges that have since been lost are highlighted in yellow. Source: B. Ryan

As Detroiters visit a festive Campus Martius Park this holiday season, they might be inspired to imagine how downtown felt in the 1920s, when the buildings were new [Read on...]

The Walkability Factor

by Lisa Rayle, Transportation Consultant

walkable grid – small block size // less walkable subdivision – large block size

In last week’s Times, Chris Leinberger argued that the apparent shift in homeowner preferences toward walkable, urban neighborhoods will spell decline for the far-flung auto-oriented suburbs. Leinberger, a Brookings fellow [Read on...]