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Asphalt Art

Implement a series of asphalt art crosswalks, intersection murals and curb extensions around the impact zone.

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Implementing a series of asphalt art crosswalks, intersection murals and curb extensions around the impact zone would improve walkability and slow cars. Both are needed to improve connections between different modes. Curb extensions might be used for micromobility parking, while art crosswalks will help slow traffic. 

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

Everyone who is walking around will use this solution! That's what makes it a great idea. It doesn't require technology or a master plan to understand. Everyone will benefit and be drawn to the project. Depending on the amount of funding can create a network of crosswalks and curb extensions that all have a unified visual language and which will serve as both traffic calming and signage.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We've done this type of project around the world. We know it will work and scale. The ultimate goal will be for the city to use this approach in other parts of town where better pedestrian amenities are needed, but funding is unavailable.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Founded in Miami Beach in 2009, Street Plans is an internationally recognized urban planning, design, architecture, and transportation planning practice with offices in New York and Miami. We believe that the key to creating vibrant streets, public spaces and towns is through high-quality design and authentic public outreach. We work with clients to identify ways to desig streets and public spaces using tactical urbanism.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

$25,000 - Materials (paint, permits, etc.) $75,000 - Design development and Implementation

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

During the pilot phase we will work with the city to design and build the art crosswalks. The Challenge funding would be used to buy materials and pay for our time, while we would work with local non-profit organizations and the City for data collection and outreach efforts.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Success will be measured by doing before and after counts of pedestrians in the area, and doing before and after speed counts at key locations.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Part of the reason to do this project is to train city staff in how to make these projects scale throughout the city.

Social Media

@Streetlans (Twitter) @Street_Plans (instagram)

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Hi Anthony Garcia thanks for submitting your proposal! I was wondering if you can provide some more details of the work you have done in NYC and Miami. Would you also be open to inviting local Detroit artists to help? Note: Detroit also is working on trying to create more shared streets in the city, so the potential impact could be even greater.