Month: February 2015

Walking Around the El Moore Neighborhood: Canine to Five Doggie Daycare

The El Moore is a beautifully restored 1898 historic residential apartment complex that is designed to be a model of urban sustainable living. It is located at 624 West Alexandrine at Second Avenue in the Midtown Detroit Neighborhood, an area that is developing into a highly walkable residential and business community. Long-term residents of the thirteen …

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Walk with us, part 1: what’s in a mile?

This is the first in a four-part series co-authored by Kimberly Williamson and Matthew Piper exploring walkability and the El Moore. We frequently refer to the El Moore project as an ongoing exploration of the nature of sustainable urban living. There’s a lot that factors into a more sustainable way of living in cities; one crucial element is …

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Who says Cass Corridor had to be saved? Postscript

Change is inevitable, even if it isn’t always appreciated. But change in Midtown, celebrated by many as a good thing, can be an even better thing when neighbors work together to bring that change about. And when neighbors realize that it’s going to take all of them to make the neighborhood reach its potential. The veterans as …

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Voices of Detroit: Neighbors Helping Neighbors Live Sustainably

The El Moore, a residential apartment complex that is designed to be a model of urban sustainable living, is located on the 600 block of West Alexandrine, which is considered part of the Midtown area of Detroit. When fully completed in the 2nd half of 2016, the El Moore complex will include five separate components: …

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Who says Cass Corridor had to be saved? Part 2

  Long before ‘diversity’ had ever become a national buzzword, the Cass Corridor was already perfecting its version of the concept back in the late ’60s and early ’70s, according to longtime resident Bridget Tuohey. But it wasn’t just about racial diversity, it was about race, class, and just radically different sorts of people who …

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What the floors say

When the redeveloped El Moore’s first residents start moving in in early June, they might notice something interesting about the historic flooring in their apartments: See that distinct line at the bottom of the photo above? That’s where a wall used to be, before we removed it during construction. It’s now become a kind of remnant, a visual reminder of …

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