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Corktown, an innovative mobility focused community

Transform the neighborhood by creating new destinations, building a pedestrian, bicycle and mobility friendly campus considering all modes.

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VISION: The installation of the Ford Corktown Campus is an important catalyst and opportunity to redevelop the Corktown neighborhood, transforming it into an exciting, modern and livable community. This vision includes the creation of new destinations on the north side of Fisher Freeway, including Corktown Regional Park and the Ford Museum Urban Mobility Annex which will attract new residents and visitors. Next to these amenities, would be constructed the Corktown Village, a new mixed-use development along a redeveloped Rosa Parks Blvd. To the south, the city would vacate various roads to create a contiguous and walkable Ford Mobility Campus with the construction of parking garages along its perimeter, adjacent to major streets. The union of both areas would be made through the reconstruction of Rosa Parks Blvd on the northern side, implementation of autonomous shuttle buses, new exclusive bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and shared individual transportation platforms. The integration from the neighborhood to the Central Business District would showcase a new Maglev demonstration project, in addition to the existing transit routes. New urban amenities, innovative transportation solutions, construction of the Ford Mobility Campus and preservation of Historic Corktown will transform the neighborhood into an exciting destination and example of an innovative livable community!

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Dear Ms. Mackenzie,
I see the Corktown area as an opportunity for major redevelopment, with two distinct areas, divided by I-75. The major employment opportunities are/willbe located south of I-75, especially the Ford Mobility Campus. Close by housing will be in demand, and since real estate costs are lower on the northern side, this would be better suited for residential development, with the ancillary land uses, including amenities, such as a regional park for all citizens, thereby gaining additional support. Good integration of housing with jobs would be necessary, therefore the suggestion of local (smart and modern) shuttle service, and other "active" modes of transportation such as walking, cycling, scooters, etc. The Corktown area could become an attractive walk-able community that would also showcase modern forms of transportation, providing a platform for modern and future mobility "experiments" while providing a livable community that would attract talented professionals to the Ford Mobility Campus.

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