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[+] WASHINGTON BLVD STREETSCAPE
AWARDS: 2007 AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS- MICHIGAN MERIT AWARD
Tree-lined Washington Boulevard provides Detroiters a pleasant and refreshed green city streetscape. Commissioned by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the restoration of the Historic Washington Boulevard addressed issues inherited from construction of the area’s pedestrian plaza that resulted in obstructed views of building entrances and major reductions in on-street parking. A stakeholder group of business owners and long-time tenants requested solutions that would provide greater visibility and physical access to their buildings, while improving the business and residential environment. A range of plans for the historic boulevard included minor plaza-scape modifications, increased parking and visibility and complete road reconstruction and restoration. The area’s final design successfully implemented the preferred boulevard scheme, resulting in a cohesive district with lighting, landscaping and prominently displayed public artwork.