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Corktown Neighborhood Transit Center

Making a Neighborhood Transit Center In Corktown

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CORKTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD TRANSIT CENTER

The undeveloped block bound by Michigan Avenue, Rosa Parks and Cochane Street, should be developed into a Neighborhood Transit Center. This transit center would best service the local residences that live off of Michigan Avenue, the residences in North Corktown, and suburban visitors.

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WONDERFUL RESIDENCE PROXIMITY AND ACCESSIBILITY  Above you are able to see the Neighborhood Transit Center location in black and Corktown's residential zones in orange. The Transit Center would be central to each residential zone and within walking distance to each zone along with the business on Michigan Avenue. There are also two bridges between North Corktown and the Transit Center that would allow pedestrians to cross over I-75.  The Transit Center would also be a short jog down Rosa Parks to the West River Front Park.

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WONDERFUL SUBURBAN FLOW

This Neighborhood Transit Center would be an incredible location to access Corktown from I-75, I-96, and the Lodge.  Efficient flow into and out of this area would bring many visitor to Corktown and to the business on Michigan Avenue. You can see the flow into and out of the Transit Center with the blue and yellow lines above. The blues lines represent flow into the Transit Center area and the yellow lines represent flow out of the Transit Center.

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PREPARING FOR A SELF DRIVING FUTURE

This Transit Center should be build to support a self driving future. 

IMAGINE THIS: You're from anywhere in Detroit or the Detroit Metropolitan Area and you want to visit Corktown. You order a self-driving Uber and it picks you up from your house and drive you to the Corktown Transit Center. Here you quickly get off the highway and the car brings you to a drop off zone at the Transit Center. 

You've have arrived at your destination. You can now choose to walk down Michigan Avenue, rent a bike to the West River Front Park, or take an underground subway to Downtown Detroit. 

Meanwhile the car that dropped you off is now taking a local back to their home in North Corktown, or a resident back home to the suburbs. 

This scenario is not is not too far away and we should be preparing to support a system like this.

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A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SITESITE WITH MIXED USED BUILDING OPEN DEVELOPMENT SPACE FOR TRANSIT CENTER IN THE BACK

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I think that this article is something that could really inspire innovation to the Corktown Area.  I want to leave this article like this opened ended and see what people come up from here.  Enjoy!

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Hi Bryce, I believe there are several areas throughout our communities to have many transit centers and even ...different types of transit centers! Let's meet and talk about it then put it on paper so that we can submit for this challenge!

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