Month: March 2015

Podcast: Stories of the El Moore – The Elevator Tower

The decisions leading to the elevator tower being built on the west side of the existing historic El Moore building is probably one of the most challenging design aspect of the entire renovation project.  This podcast shares our design thinking that lead to the eventual design.  It shows how triple bottom-line thinking can lead us …

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The Cass Corridor in black & white

I was impressed this week by a map of the Cass Corridor made in 1971 by the Detroit Geographic Expedition Institute, a short-lived but influential coalition of citizen geographers. (Thanks to Detroitography for collecting and reproducing a smattering of the maps that the DGEI produced, and to Model D for helping spread the word about Detroit cartography this week.) There’s a lot …

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Voices of Detroit: The Great Depression

During the first decades of the 20th century, the El Moore changed from a luxury building with eight large and luxurious apartments to a building that was subdivided several times. By the mid-1920s, there were almost 30 apartments (more like single or double rooms with shared bathroom facilities) in the same space. Things went from …

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What is a District in Detroit?

What is a “district” in Detroit? What is a “neighborhood?” Informally, “neighborhood” and “district” are often interchangeable; more formally, and for official data collection and government agencies, districts in Detroit are more distinctly named. The El Moore is located in Midtown Detroit; is Midtown a neighborhood, an area, a district, or all of the above? …

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