Mackinac Policy Conference: Including more residents in the city-planning process

“We want to make sure that people can traverse our city in as many ways as possible as safely as possible,” says the City of Detroit’s planning and development director.

There are a bunch of new development projects in Detroit. That includes more bike lanes, street lights and the Joe Louis Greenway — which will be 27.5 miles long and is meant to expand green space in the city.

Over 40% of the Joe Louis Greenway will be located directly behind resident homes, according to the city’s development director.

“By 2024, you’ll have a significant amount of it completed, and it’ll be a tremendous opportunity.” — Antoine Bryant, City of Detroit

Listen: How the city is creating more pedestrian infrastructure for residents.



Antoine Bryant is the director of planning and development for the City of Detroit. The director says Detroit aims to have the best greenway in the nation.

“By 2024, you’ll have a significant amount of it completed,” says Bryant, “and it’ll be a tremendous opportunity. Many people may be familiar with the BeltLine in Atlanta, there’s a Hight Line in New York — there’s a number of these kinds of entities across the country — and we’re looking for the JLG (Joe Louis Greenway) to be the best of those yet in the country.”

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