Join us to participate in the upcoming 2019 City:One Challenge.
What is your most common mode of transportation?:
Do you work for Ford or any of our challenge partners?:
If no, what organization do you work for?:
I volunteer with Detroit Historical Society. I've been involved with Detroit Historical Museum's Glancy Trains Exhibit since July 1997. I'm a retired musician. I run several Facebook groups (including Detroit - Area Railroad History).
What are you hoping to get out of the challenge?:
I want my idea (connecting MCS with downtown Detroit via commuter rail) recognized as a priority, before a failure of institutional memory and future re-development completely walls-off Detroit's Central Business District
From Ityone, C (C.) <firstname.lastname@example.org> Hi Peter, Thank you for your application to the City:One Michigan Central Station Challenge. We appreciate your patience as the Steering Committee has been evaluating applications for the Challenge. Following this evaluation, we regret to inform you that your application will not be moving forward in the Michigan Central Station Challenge. It was a very difficult decision to choose only 12 Finalists among over 160 applications, and we thank you for participating in this year’s Challenge. We encourage you to stay tuned for the announcements of our 2020 Challenges to be launched next year. Again, thank you for your participation. We hope that you found value following along with the community’s comments, blog posts, and applications from around the globe, and we encourage you to continue following along with the City:One Challenge on Twitter and our website. Regards, The City:One Team
The attached c. 2011 Google street view shows the northeast corner of soon-to-be-reopened (under a new name) Joe Louis Arena Parking Garage, as seen from southbound John C. Lodge Expressway (M-10). The visible, extremely-tall vertical clearances were intended to enable a rail passenger terminal. It's about time the trains finally arrive here. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1599198947005072&set=o.421678784613020&type=3&theater&ifg=1
The attached excerpt from a June 21, 1978 aerial photograph (retrieved from Wayne State University's Virtual Motor City Collection) shows the future site of today's Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, which opened (as West Riverfront Park) in 2014. A trackless, grade-separated railroad right-of-way still stretches northwest from the park toward Ford Motor Company's Michigan Central Station, visible in the distance. This swath of long-vacant land, c. 20 feet below street level, is as much as 150 feet wide in some places. My proposal would preserve and revive a 50-foot-wide double-track commuter rail line along this route, leaving plenty of room for the recently-proposed, parallel May Creek Greenway trail. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2417432231848402&set=gm.1175811532617397&type=3&theater&ifg=1