Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

Veloise

Riverwalk

62 posts in this topic


I walked over to Rivard Plaza yesterday to check things out. I had planned to stay for 30 minutes or so...3 hours later I returned home. The conservancy really did their homework and came up with an A+ design. I hope the rest of the project is as great as this portion!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'll have pics hopefully this weekend. You should come over Veloise. This weekend is the Detroit Festival of the Arts! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is one of the main assets that can really make detroit shine again and it's great that this is happening! CAN'T WAIT FOR RIVER DAYS! I like how they call it Detroit INTERNATIONAL river days instead of just detroit river days

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Le pics:

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070155.jpg

There is a large stone map of Detroit and the surrounding communities as part of the plaza.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070156.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070157.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070158.jpg

The "Great Divide".

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070159.jpg

Also included is a glass wall of the St. Lawrence Seaway system.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070163.jpg

And the main attraction, a carousel featuring river creatures...and a Mermaid.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070164.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070168.jpg

The Ren Cen provides a nice, westerly backdrop. Hopefully, in the near future, there will be a few other towers and some nice residential/mixed use low and mid rises in this area.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070169.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070171.jpg

The pavillions on the East Riverfront have a tent theme as seen here.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070172.jpg

I think the sculpture in the background is also a planter and water feature that hasn't been fully completed yet.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070175.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070176.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070178.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070179.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070180.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What is going on this land east of Rivard Plaza you ask?

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070181.jpg

CLICK HERE TO SEE: http://atwaterlofts.com/

Nice, new views of Canada.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070182.jpg

Moving down the riverfront on the new prominade. This photo was taken in Tricentennial State Park and St. Aubin Marina.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070183.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070185.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070186.jpg

This view is from the Talon Center (Parke Davis) complex.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070187.jpg

You have to exit the path at this point because it ends just before Chene Park in the distance.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070188.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070189.jpg

A brand new image to be forever added to the Detroit cityscape scene.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070190.jpg

The Talon Center (left) and Detroit Omni Riverfront Hotel (distance).

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070192.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070194.jpg

The GM UAU Training Center (whatever that means).

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070196.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070197.jpg

This is the breakwater at the Mt. Elliott Park US Coast Guard Station.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070198.jpg

A lot of people have questioned how the prominade traverses though Harbortown. It abuts the private marina and is fenced off from both the marina and the Harbortown complex itself. Like this:

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070199.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070200.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070201.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070202.jpg

The Mt. Elliott ship inlet.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070203.jpg

Giant buoys.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070205.jpg

Iron Street Lofts.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070206.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070208.jpg

Approaching Belle Isle and the eastern terminus.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070210.jpg

This is the old, contaminated Uniroyal Site. It appears to be cleared right up abutting the Belle Isle Bridge. Hmmm...

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070211.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


The Douglas McArthur, aka: Belle Isle Bridge, aka: Grand Boulevard.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070212.jpg

The old, abandoned Detroit Boat Club on north shore of Belle Isle.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070213.jpg

The end of the line is at the plaza at the Belle Isle Bridge: Gabrielle Richard Park.

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070214.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070215.jpg

The buildings in the background were once part of Detroit's "Gold Coast".

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070216.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070218.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070219.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070221.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070222.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070223.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070224.jpg

2007_0609ArtFestRiver06_09_070226.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What an interesting bathroom in Gabriel Richard. :)

Michi, I love it! Seriously, these types of developments are probably some of the most meaningful in the city. I like how this is drawing the region, together. Whether it's just a positive consquence of it was designed as such, I don't know, but whatever it is, it's working.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great photos Michi! The Riverfront looks amazing! A lot more than I expected. I'm going to take a drive and check it out either Wednesday or Thursday.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It looks great! Yeah, definitely more than I expected!

It'll be even better once the developments in that area are done.

Thanks for the pics!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excellent photo tour Michi. This is really going to be an incredible development when it's finished.

The addition of the riverfront condo projects will also help to enhance the views, add users of the walk and provide additional congruence to the project.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, critical mass in order to maximize usage of the public infrastructure. That's also my argument for adding substantial density at the Jefferson/Grand Blvd node in order to put a lot of people right in the middle of comfortable access to Belle Isle. Up-ing the usage would really improve the demand for more and better amenity on the island making it more accessible and useful to everybody, everywhere.

Aside from that node, I'm sure most of the East Riverfront will develop market rate and above. I sure hope some good urban planning can come of this.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know that the land directly adjacent to the river is reserved for low and midrises, but I'd like to see at least a couple of 30+ story towers built right on the river. Sure the rest should go closer to Jefferson and in Lafayette Park, but one or two directly on the river isn't that bad.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Harbortown has one or two proposed buildings that might be close to that height, I think.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I'll have pics hopefully this weekend. You should come over Veloise. This weekend is the Detroit Festival of the Arts! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmmm...I don't think tall ships, but starting this Friday is the River Days Festival in which one of the nights is going to be "The Parade of Lights" where boats light themselves up (think Christmas lights) and traverse between the skylines. Should be pretty cool! :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Only Detroit would put a freeway map on a sidewalk. I'm very impressed by what Detroit has been accomplishing recently: the Riverwalk, Campus Martius, Book-Cadillac, ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Only Detroit would put a freeway map on a sidewalk. ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Detroit changed the face of Earth. Isn't it appropriate? :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Detroit changed the face of Earth. Isn't it appropriate? :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking great! I'm so glad this is being done. I can't wait to see it in person sometime this summer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I didn't say it was good...just that Detroit changed the world. Besides, Detroit didn't create sprawl. That was a collective decision. We still have New York, San Fran, Chicago, Portland, Boston and the like.

Here's some new pictures:

2007_0620Det06_20_070009.jpg

2007_0620Det06_20_070010.jpg

2007_0620Det06_20_070011.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I may be going to the International River Days tomorrow, if anyone wants to join me then let me know.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.