Joe Louis Greenway Neighborhood Planning Study

The Joe Louis Greenway is a recreational pathway that will unify Detroit’s neighborhoods, people and parks. Through this greenway, we strive to honor Joe Louis by providing equitable spaces through arts, programming, and economic opportunities for all.


JLG Upcoming Onsite Meetings July 2024





Joe Louis Greenway Community Meeting Collage


The Joe Louis Greenway Neighborhood Planning Study will be a comprehensive study of the neighborhood areas adjacent to the Joe Louis Greenway. Our objective is to examine the current condition of these areas and make recommendations and implement strategies in order to support, stabilize, and develop the planning area. The Joe Louis Greenway is a major asset that the entire city will be able to use. Being that it is such a large project, we understand that it effects residents of the city at a neighborhood level. This is one of the key reasons that we are conducting the planning study. We have a chance to use this project to protect housing affordability, spur new economic development, while learning how we can support the current needs of residents, community organizations, and local businesses.

  • Quantify potential market impacts of greenway investment on surrounding neighborhoods 
  • Recommend future land uses alongside greenway  
  • Summarize proposed Masterplan map & text updates to incorporate Joe Louis Greenway  
  • Establish design guidelines & policy recommendations to support future development and beautify existing properties along the greenway 
  • Identify critical infrastructure gaps & opportunities 

Next Steps: Community Meeting Schedule at a glance

Next Steps: Community Meeting Schedule at a glance

Introduction of PPD team: 

The neighborhood planning study team consists of Karen Gage, Michele Flournoy, Joseph Kemp, Daniel Stefanski, Julie Connochie, and Cassie DeWitt Ojeda.

JLG Neighborhood Planning Team

Introduction of Consultant team: 

We will be completing this planning study with our consultant selection, Interface Studio 

Interface Studios Org Chart


JLG Planning Area

JLG Neighborhood Planning Area Map - 2

The study will focus on targeted neighborhood areas adjacent to the Joe Louis Greenway: Westside, Dequindre Cut, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Vernor. As each of these communities are unique, the team will ground the study’s findings and recommendations by those that know their neighborhoods best through a robust community engagement process.