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Detroit’s Urban Greenway

The Dequindre Cut Greenway, Detroit. Photo: Ara Howrani

In May 2009, just a few weeks before the High Line was completed, the Dequindre Cut Greenway opened in Detroit. Joggers, promenaders, cyclists, kids in carriages, rollerbladers — just about anyone who wanted to enjoy the outdoors — suddenly had a new open space to wander and frolic. There are many similarities to the High Line: a former abandoned railway, this one a Grand Trunk Railroad line constructed in the 1830s, that serviced factories and industry in the center of a major city. Graffiti. Wild plant life. Water towers in the distance.  A 1.35 mile greenway that connects riverfront, markets, and residential neighborhoods. A public/private partnership. A work in progress. To read more and see additional photographs, visit the “Urban Greenways” feature.

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