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The Neighborhood Transformation Plan is based upon the needs and priorities identified by the community and the results of the area market analysis. The City of Detroit is worked closely with Wayne State University’s Office of Urban Studies and the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) to gather community and stakeholder input to guide the Neighborhood Planning Process. The Neighborhood Plan was also informed by previous planning efforts completed in the Brush Park and Eastern Market communities.
The focus of the plan is on knitting the neighborhood together – with safe walkable streets and vibrant public spaces, creating connections that link residents with economic opportunities and human services distributed throughout the community.
In addition, the neighborhood plan identifies five critical projects (critical community improvements) that are designed to immediately address existing gaps in connectivity between housing and access to jobs, education, recreation, fresh food, and safety, in combination with a long term vision for a sustainable neighborhood.
The Plan identifies the following critical community improvements:
New fiber will be installed and free wireless will be available to Brewster Homes residents, as well as in Douglass Park. Infrastructure will also be expanded to provide Rocket Fiber to Eastern Market.
Existing conditions in the neighborhood, including low-density housing development and I-75, create significant barriers between residential areas and the Eastern Market neighborhoods. A survey of residents found that a majority do not feel safe enough to travel on foot between nodes of residential and commercial development. Planned activities to improve safety and reduce blight in Douglass-Market include the following: