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Detroit's Riverfront Becomes Regional Magnet

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Source: The Detroit News

On a recent August day, cousins Dream Matthews and Devon Willis splashed around the jets of water spewing from the ground along the Detroit RiverWalk. They consider the city's riverfront as a routine destination and ask their grandmother to take them there often.


Skidmore, Owings and Merrill was chosen to shepherd the East Riverfront plan into reality after a series of public meetings that often drew hundreds of participants.

Community feedback was essential in not only the decision to change Jefferson, but establishing the principle that the space between Atwater and the river must remain accessible to the public, SOM Associate Director Aaron May said.

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