September 11th, 2009 by Sarah Szurpicki (Great Lakes Urban Exchange - GLUE)
The rails-to-trails concept isn’t new. Neither is urban greenspace. Bike lanes have been paved before. And yet, to a Detroiter, the opening of the Dequindre Cut this May felt almost revolutionary.
The Dequindre Cut is one mile of paved bike and walking lanes, with an adjacent greensward that could, in the future, be used for light rail–and currently functions as a picnic spot–which run from Lafayette to one of Detroit’s greatest community assets, Eastern Market. It’s a “cut” b