The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy recently unveiled a half-mile expansion to Detroit’s Riverwalk that allows visitors to walk or bike 3.5 miles along the river, without interruption, from the Joe Louis Arena to the Belle Isle Bridge.
Now one of the city’s defining gems, the evolution of Detroit’s riverfront took more than 20 years to materialize — with the latest expansion of the Uniroyal Promenade marking what many believed to be an impossible hurdle due to heavy industrial contamination from the multiple factories that previously operated there.
Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, joined Detroit Today on Tuesday to discuss the Uniroyal Promenade expansion and what it means for Detroiters.
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Mark Wallace is the president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. He says developments like the Uniroyal Promenade will help ensure generations of Detroiters will have access to Detroit’s riverfront.
“I think that 20 years of public access, and the focus on the people and not on the development has really changed the narrative here in Detroit,” said Wallace. “I think the community will have this ferocious dedication and this ferocious love that’s going to keep this a place that’s used by the kids and community, even as we see new development come.”
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