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[+] ROUGE RIVER GATEWAY MASTERPLAN
LOCATION: ROUGE RIVER
AWARDS: 2002 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS- MICHIGAN MERIT AWARD, 2003 AIA DETROIT- URBAN DESIGN HONOR AWARD,
The Rouge River Gateway Corridor, encompassing the river’s last eight miles and its neighboring communities, is one of the most important natural and cultural assets in Southeast Michigan. The River Rouge has all the ingredients for a vibrant urban place: nature, culture, people, and economic might. The area reaped the consequences for feeding the region’s twentieth-century economic prowess. Over time, pollution and concrete channels severed the Rouge from its people and ecology. Area stakeholders combined forces to form the Rouge River Gateway Partnership, a diverse alliance of leaders representing Wayne County, five municipalities, cultural and educational institutions, citizen groups, and private businesses.
The Partnership commissioned Hamilton Anderson (HAA) to develop a master plan to study how people, ecology, and economy coexist equitably as part of the Rouge environment. HAA developed a master plan that changed ingrained perceptions of the Rouge as an undesirable element slicing through their properties and communities. HAA was able to integrate diverse concerns of communities and stakeholders into an inclusive Master Planning process. HAA remains heavily involved in the Rouge River Restoration through various phased implementation projects.