The brick road sections on Michigan Ave that connect Corktown to Downtown are fraught with mobility issues, but they are so full of history and beauty that we need to take an intentional approach to modernizing them.
The primary issues we can solve are as follows:
- Uneven streets pose danger to pedestrians with instability, vertigo, or back and neck injuries.
- Uneven streets make bike, scooter and car travel perilous between downtown and Corktown.
- Brick paver beauty isn’t permanent and replacing it with regular asphalt is lame!
How can we solve this?!
We can be the first city in the world to innovate and create a clear paving or sealant that goes atop uneven brick pavers to create the asphalt-like functionality but preserve the strength and beauty of bricks beneath.
Detroit was the first city to pave streets (think Woodward Ave!), and we will be the first city to experiment with acrylic glass, epoxy, and/or resin to create this sealant to pave over the bricks and provide a smooth ride for our citizens and our workers.