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Solution to a Social Issue Michigan Central Train Depot

To create an environment conducive to all, vehicle, Bike and foot.

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After performing a walkthrough at the depot, I see this as a great starting point and then build from there. With the adequate greenspace available a peaceful park area could be developed with great walking and biking paths included along with family areas with picnic and event areas for the community. 

I am proposing the implementation of traffic circles/roundabouts in key locations to slow the flow of traffic around the depot and park area, this along with strategically placed, lighted crossing areas for foot and bike usage (shown on image) and futuristic LED solar powered street lighting designed to limit light pollution but adequately light the area for safety.  Upgrading all road and walkways with heating elements for melting of snow and ice, this will help with improving all movement, vehicle, bike and foot.  The traffic circle areas provide an opportunity to enrich the environment with either sculpture, fountain or vegetation displays which could be designed with Detroit and State culture symbolism.

I propose to start here, then a wider plan can be developed for the encompassing impact area, by taking baby steps with development of smaller parts of the impact area will help develop for the future as well as for budgeting needs.

I look forward to assisting with design and planning for this first stage, but you will need to pick me first.

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

This solution will benefit the residents, workers and visitors by providing a safe and aesthetic environment, traffic will flow smoother with less chance for collisions, walking and biking will be safe and anyone visiting or living in the area will have a place to go where peace and happiness is displayed.

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)

Even though my proposed solution has not been tested for the impact area, many concepts are in use in real world scenarios, traffic circles/roundabouts are a perfect example. For an aesthetic design one only needs to look at other historical foreign communities I.E. (Italy, England, France) this is an excellent environment to bring outside visitors to the community.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

SKJ Lewis is a research corporation focusing on solutions to social issues. A most of our projects adhere to the Open Research/Open Data platform. Our approach is qualitative, a hands-on process of collecting data through surveys, interviews, and observation. Our vision for open research is to provide a central point of access for collaborators/researchers from around the world.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

SKJ lewis Research Corporation - With offices in Detroit, Shepherd and Big Rapids Stephen Lewis (313) 652-1922 Detroit Office (989) 444-2637 Mobile

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $250,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Wages: $160,000.00 Equipment and Misc. Expenses: $90,000.00

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

All planning and implementation of the pilot plan will be completed electronically utilizing AI and Machine Learning mechanisms. Developing and testing a solution in this manner creates opportunities for change and expansion for future projects. We can utilize existing data as well as the collection of new data options, design and built a computational environment to mimic real-life scenarios and be able to test utilizing many types of environmental and non-environmental impacts, we will be able to include stress factors like weather, geological, humanistic types without the need to build a actual testing platform. The possibilities are infinite, the reach and realism we will be able to achieve will be beyond the scope of this project. It’s time for Detroit to become the leader in regard to the implementation and use of technology!

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

Factors to be evaluated is, but not necessarily in this order; decreased loss of life or injury, travel time in/out/through impact area, visitation, business/community impacts, pathway for expansion.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes! By implementing via stages utilizing current and future budgeted public funds this project is doable, with a developed computerize model with proven testing scenarios other funding opportunities will become available. We will search and apply for Government and other Grant opportunities as well as encouraging local business investment options.

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