Highways for Habitats Contest


We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Highways for Habitats Contest!  A panel of planning experts and an online public vote selected livingLAB’s design “The Detroit LID!” as the grand prize winner of a brand new Detroit Bikes bicycle!

The Detroit LID!” design places a cap over part of I-75 as it runs through the city with the intention to reconnect downtown to midtown, and to create a seamless urban core for pedestrians and cyclists to travel with ease.  “The Detroit LID!” would provide the potential to connect assets and completely transform the area into a vibrant, healthy district.

The runner-up winner is Jimmy McBroom for his vision of the three-way intersection of M-5 (Grand River Ave.), Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Trumbull Ave., also in Detroit. This project would address problematic traffic patterns, while beefing up alternative transit infrastructure, and hoping to reanimate the area as a link between neighborhoods.

Many of our roads are designed to move goods through a city as fast as possible; unfortunately, these throughways often serve as a drain on the cities they bisect and an interruption to the critical urban fabric that can support walkable, vibrant communities.  With this contest, Let’s Save Michigan harnessed the creativity and bright ideas of our citizens to explore how to make roads that must serve the purpose of moving people and goods through communities simultaneously work better for the communities they bisect.  Often times, finding the right, balanced solution for our roads and cityscapes is challenging.

We asked that contestants identify a portion of highway or trunkline in Michigan and redesign it as a welcoming, safe place that balances the needs of all travelers.

Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who participated!

We would like to give a hearty thanks to our friends at Transportation for Michigan for their help putting this contest together. We are also extremely grateful to Detroit Bikes and Holland Cross Country Cycle for donating the contest prizes.

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