The Voice of Detroit Neighborhoods: Midtown as a Planned Mixed-Use Neighborhood

The Midtown Detroit Neighborhood, where the El Moore is located, is surrounded by freeways.

The Midtown Detroit Neighborhood, where the El Moore is located, is surrounded by four freeways: the John C. Lodge (M-10), the Edsel Ford (I-94), the Jeffries (I-96), and the Chrysler (I-75).

As Detroit once again rises and experiences growth, rebirth, and reconstruction in many areas of our City, including the near-completion of the El Moore , we are experiencing how Detroit is attempting to balance the maze of freeways that cut through our neighborhoods and the goal of many neighborhoods to become more walkable and pedestrian-friendly.

While Detroit is still “Motown” and a city highly dependent on cars and freeways, the El Moore Community is part of the emerging pattern of neighborhoods in Detroit becoming mixed-use and diversity of income and demographics.

The 2.9 square mile Midtown Detroit neighborhood is emerging as a vibrant walkable and bike-friendly area to live, work, and visit. Although the boundaries of Midtown are set by four separate yet linked freeways, people who will live in or visit the El Moore will be able to benefit from the hundreds of shops, stores, libraries, schools and universities, cultural attractions, medical and healthcare facilities, and entertainment venues within easy walking or biking distance from the front door of the El Moore.

The El Moore is surrounded by a unique mix of shops, stores, and activities.

The El Moore is surrounded by a unique mix of shops, stores, and activities.

If you have a car, you can access any of the interstate freeways to drive further out into Detroit, to the suburbs, and eventually to the rest of the United States! But you can also park your car in the El Moore lot and walk or bike to access just about everything you could ask for to live, work, and play right in the neighborhood. For cyclists, Detroit is also quickly becoming known as “Bike City”, as the availability of dedicated bike lanes and bike-friendly venues continues to grow.

Detroiters ride their bikes year round. Photo Credit: autoblog.com

Detroiters ride their bikes year round. Photo Credit: autoblog.com

 

The owners and developers of the El Moore work together with the City of Detroit and Midtown Detroit, Inc., as well as with other public-private partnership ventures to ensure that the El Moore Community is an exceptional example of how a small part of a larger neighborhood can contribute to the overall livability of the area. Midtown Detroit, Inc. has a comprehensive directory of the many amenities available to visitors and residents: click here.

 

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