Joe Louis Greenway | City of Detroit (2023)

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Joe Louis Greenway FAQs

Who is Joe Louis?

Joe Louis was a boxing legend and a proud Detroiter. His significance as an American hero and icon cannot be overstated. Although he’s become a prominent cultural symbol in our city, many people are unaware of the important role he played as an advocate for social justice. Joe Louis worked tirelessly to advocate for the rights of Black Americans and to promote social justice in the United States. The Joe Louis Greenway is more than a tribute to his legacy. It celebrates Joe Louis as a role model, as someone whose values can guide this project and the people it brings together.

“My gift was fighting and through fighting I was to uplift the spirit of my race.” Joe Louis.

What is a “Greenway?”

  • A Greenway is an outdoor recreational path connecting people & places. Each greenway is unique, reflecting the character of the communities it connects.
  • An Urban Greenway is defined as “a landscaped and traffic-calmed pathways with a mix of bicycle facilities and other streetscape improvements that link open spaces, parks, public facilities, and neighborhood centers together. Greenways support a variety of active travel uses, including walking, running, bicycling, and skating.” (Ngo et al. 2018)

Why are Greenways important?

Urban greenways and parks play a vital role in the social, economic and physical well-being of American cities and their residents. In addition to improving the mental and physical health of adults and children through increased access to recreational opportunities, greenways generate economic value. Connected open space networks attract non-resident visitors who put new dollars into local economies—the value of these spaces brought into even further relief by the impacts of COVID-19.

Are there existing Greenways in the City of Detroit?

(Video) A Community Movement: Detroit's Joe Louis Greenway

The City Detroit has multiple greenways: the Conner Creek Greenway, Dennis Archer Greenway, Dequindre Cut, Fitzgerald Greenway, and RiverWalk. Below are two examples:
1. The Dennis Archer Greenway is a 1.2-mile greenway that runs from the Detroit Riverwalk to East Vernor Highway, connecting more neighborhoods safely to Detroit’s riverfront.

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2. The Dequindre Cut Greenway is an urban recreational path that opened to the public in May of 2009. The two-mile greenway was developed through a public, nonprofit and private partnership and offers a pedestrian link between the East Riverfront, Eastern Market and several residential neighborhoods in between.

Are there existing urban greenways in other U.S. Cities ?

Yes, and the JLG builds on lessons from other US cities.
The Atlanta Beltline has spurred over $7B in economic development over 22 mile loop (33 miles of trail in total). Estimated 50,000 one year construction jobs, 23,300 permanent jobs through 2019
Home prices on western portion of Chicago 606 have risen 350% since 2014

The 606 is an urban greenway project in Chicago. The 606 is a converted abandoned rail corridor, formerly known as the Bloomingdale Line. Since 2012, the 606 has had a catalytic impact on surrounding communities, and a dramatic spiral upward in the housing market. Read more here:

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail. An eight-mile world class urban bike and pedestrian path in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail seamlessly connects neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment amenities while serving as the downtown hub for central Indiana’s vast greenway system.

The Hudson River Greenway in New York City. The greenway is separated from traffic and runs through a series of parks along the Hudson River and the west side of Manhattan, offering beautiful views of the water and skyline along its two-lane, 12.9-mile paved path. Signals and directional signage are prevalent to ensure safe interactions between cars, bikes and pedestrians.

Where will the Greenway be located? Will the Greenway run through my neighborhood?

The greenway will connect the existing Riverwalk and Dequindre Cut. The full loop will run through 23 different Detroit neighborhoods and connect to the cities of Dearborn, Highland Park, and Hamtramck. Upon completion, 40,000+ residents will be able to walk to the pathway within 10 minutes. Check out the map to see if you live near the planned route.

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How were communities involved in the planning process?

(Video) Joe Louis Greenway debuts first stretch of pathway

The public engagement strategy was and is instrumental in developing the framework plan and the continuous planning taking place for all segments. The strategy responded to both the current conditions as well as the future vision Detroit residents want to see. The strategy for public engagement focused on promoting active participation and co-design activities throughout the framework planning process.These strategies sought to reach beyond surface-level desires and concerns to articulate and address fears, hopes and dreams that are more difficult to articulate. Each of the sessions were designed to provide a variety of opportunities for resident engagement and input through participatory design activities, guided discussions, storytelling sessions, panel discussions, surveys, feedback cards and informational boards. Most importantly, the community engagement strategy remained flexible and adaptable throughout the process in order to respond thematically to community desires and concerns. While close attention was paid to data collection and evaluation of feedback, the framework plan was directly shaped and guided at every step by residents and stakeholders who live, work and play along the Joe Louis Greenway route.

The engagement strategy also includes a Citizen Advisory Council (“CAC”), composed of eight community members—one individual from of the five Detroit Council Districts connected by the greenway, as well as representatives from Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn. These community leaders were selected based on their advocacy in the community and deep connections to other residents, as well as their interest in non-motorized transportation and green space. These volunteers committed to the long-term investment and participation in the Joe Louis Greenway—from planning and design, through implementation and maintenance.

In addition to the Joe Louis Greenway meetings, GSD staff shared information and collected feedback at an additional 44 meetings and events, as requested by community members or city leaders. These meetings included small block club meetings, festivals, and Department of Neighborhood Meetings.

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Will the Greenway be accessible for everyone to use?

Children learning to ride their bikes, senior walking groups, commuters on electric scooters, people using wheelchairs, people walking dogs—these are just some of the many ways people will enjoy the Joe Louis Greenway. The pathway will allow for different users including:

  • Dedicated pedestrian path for slower users
  • Clear zone on edge of bike path for runners and joggers
  • Bike path for high-speed uses such as bikes and scooters

Will the greenway be safe to use?

Safety is a top priority for residents and neighborhoods. In consultation with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Detroit Police Department, there are a few essential safety elements on the greenway including:

  • Call boxes with cameras located ~250’ apart
  • Cameras at entrances at road crossings
  • Cameras in parking lots

Who are the supporting partners of the project?

Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
Invest Detroit
Gilbert Family Foundation
Wilson Foundation
Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan
CEO Group
Rocket Community Fund
Davidson Foundation
Eastern Market Partnership
Focus Hope
Bloomberg Associates

(Video) Joe Louis Greenway Presser

How will the JLG make a positive impact on the City of Detroit?

  • Create long-term economic driver/anchor in neighborhoods
  • Beautify city neighborhoods and remove eyesores
  • Connect residents, neighborhoods, and regional communities
    • Linking 21 trails that span 7 counties
    • Connecting 23 Detroit neighborhoods
  • Establish a city-wide focal point for micro-enterprise and small business growth
  • 14,000 Detroit households (46,000 Detroiters) will have 10 minute walking access

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How will the project create more neighborhood investment?

  • Reduce blight and demolition of non-salvageable properties
  • Create new nodes for communities to gather and flourish
  • Stabilize homeownership by ensuring existing residents can continue to afford to live in their homes and benefit from homeownership resources.
  • Preserve existing affordable housing
  • Set stage for future growth and new development including job training and career opportunities
  • Procure light industrial development real estate opportunities
  • Implement workforce development strategy for construction and operations
  • Opportunity to “do this right from the start”
  • A catalytic project such as the Joe Louis Greenway will add value to your home and neighborhood, including a potential increase in property taxes. However, it’s important to keep in mind that homeowners are protected against large property tax increases. Under state law, the annual increase in property taxes is capped at 5% or more than the Consumer Price Index (CPI),, as long as ownership has not changed. When a home sells, the cap is lifted and the taxable amount adjusts to the State Equalized Value the year following the transfer. To learn more, click HERE to watch a Property Taxes Presentation hosted by our team and the Office of the Assessor.
  • The City of Detroit has access to and is exploring a range of tools that will be deployed in conjunction with the implementation of the Joe Louis Greenway to achieve wealth building and affordability objectives. Visit the City of Detroit webpage to learn more about property tax assessments and resources:

When will the project be completed?

Currently, the construction of the pathway is slated to be completed in 5 to 10 years, dependent on fundraising efforts. Additional amenities, programming, art, will be planned and developed in the years after it is fully constructed.

(Video) New phase of Joe Louis Greenway construction starts

How can I learn more, share ideas, and show support?

  • Stay informed by subscribing to the JLG newsletter:
  • Attend community meetings. Upcoming meeting notices are posted on the website and facebook page.
  • Sign up to be a Greenway steward. Email us with your information and interest.
  • Contact the team to share your input. Email: [emailprotected]


Attached is a copy of the slideshow (pdf) shared in the following series of community meetings and presentations:

May 23, June 27 2022: Design Update W. Davison to E. McNichols Presentation

These meetings were intended to update community members about the design and construction progress of the Joe Louis Greenway between West Davison and East McNichols

Framework Plan Volume 2: Design Standards

Information onJLG Framework Plan Vol2 Design Standards

Framework Plan Volume 1: The Vision

Information onJLG Framework Plan Vol1 The Vision

Framework Plan: Appendices

Information onJLG Framework Plan Appendices

February 23, 2022 Tireman Minock Meeting Number 2 Powerpoint

February 23, 2022 Tireman Minock Meeting Number 2 Powerpoint

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What is the Joe Louis Greenway in Detroit? ›

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.

What is the dequindre cut? ›

Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a predominately below-street level greenway that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Atwater Street, just north of the riverfront.

When was the Joe Louis monument built? ›

The Joe Louis Fist was a gift from Sports Illustrated Magazine, dedicated on Oct. 16, 1986. At the time, it cost $350,000 to create. Despite common belief, the monument was not brought to Detroit for Joe Louis' death, but for the Detroit Institute of Art's centennial anniversary.

Is the greenway a hard cycle? ›

The task in itself is not too difficult but a bit fiddly in that you have lots of nuts, bolts & washers to take care of! It took approximately 20-30 minutes to prepare the cargo bike once we arrived at the greenway.

What is a greenway and why is it valuable? ›

Greenways protect important habitat and provide corridors for people and wildlife. They also help improve air and water quality. For example, communities with trails provide enjoyable and safe options for transportation, which reduces air pollution.

What is the poorest part of Detroit? ›

Along Detroit's eastside border with upscale Grosse Pointe Park, one tract has a 72 percent of families living in poverty. On the city's west side, the Brightmoor neighborhood has a section where two-thirds of families exist with household income below the federal poverty threshold.

What are the safest districts in Detroit? ›

The Berkley area of Detroit is home to many budding artists. This area's crime rate is below the national average. In fact, Berkley's crime index is 73 on a scale where 100 is the safest, which means Berkley is safer than 73 percent of U.S. cities.

How many people died building the Arch St. Louis? ›

Although an actuarial firm predicted thirteen workers would die while building the arch, no workers were killed during the monument's construction.

What is the fist called in Detroit? ›

The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as The Fist, is a memorial dedicated to boxer Joe Louis located at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Woodward Avenue in Detroit, near Hart Plaza.

What is the biggest oldest monument in St. Louis? ›

As the nation's tallest monument, the Gateway Arch has welcomed visitors for fifty years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. The vision of renowned architect Eero Saarinen, the Gateway Arch commemorates Thomas Jefferson's vision and St. Louis' role in the westward expansion of the United States.

How long does it take to cycle 3 mile? ›

So just how long does it take to cycle 3 miles, you ask. The average cycling speed ranges from 10 – 14 mph (16 – 22.5 km/h), so the average cyclist will take between 12.85 – 18 minutes to bike three miles.

Is it better to cycle longer or harder? ›

Even though you're going to go harder during a shorter ride, you will be able to recover more quickly from that session compared to a much longer ride. Your overall kilojoule count will be lower.

Which cycling tour is the hardest? ›

Tour de France is considered to be the world's “most prestigious and most difficult” bicycle race. It is an annual men's event, which is primarily held in France. The race also occasionally passes through neighbouring countries.

What are the 4 main elements of a Greenway? ›

Many different types of land and water resources can be incorporated into a greenway system. They fall into four broad categories: resource conservation areas, parks and open spaces, cultural and historic resources, and the corridors of land and water which connect these other elements together.

Why is it called a Greenway? ›

The term greenway comes from the green in green belt and the way in parkway, implying a recreational or pedestrian use rather than a typical street corridor, as well as an emphasis on introducing or maintaining vegetation, in a location where such vegetation is otherwise lacking.

What is the best part of the Greenway? ›

The now-iconic tunnel

The highlights of this section of the Waterford Greenway are the 400m-long Ballyvoyle Tunnel (constructed in 1878) and the historic Ballyvoyle Viaduct. The Ballyvoyle Viaduct is an iconic monument on the Deise Greenway.

What is the red zone in Detroit? ›

According to court records, the gang operated on the east side of Detroit, specifically the area in and around Albion Street and Seven Mile, an area Smokecamp/OPB members refer to as “ABlock.” This area is within a larger territory on Detroit's east side claimed by the Bloods street gang known as the “Red Zone.” The ...

What is the safest city in Detroit? ›

Michigan's safest community is Grosse Ile Township, comprising twelve islands on the Detroit River.
Safest Cities in Michigan, 2019.
RankCitySafety Index
1Grosse Ile Township0.88
2Beverly Hills0.78
3Grosse Pointe Park0.78
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What part of Detroit is rich? ›

Birmingham, Michigan is perhaps the wealthiest suburb of Detroit. This is enough to put it right near the top for us. It is located 20 miles north of the center of Detroit along the Woodward corridor.

Is Detroit a rude city? ›

Detroit ranked No. 6 of 14. On a scale of one to ten —where ten is the rudest— the city has an average rudeness score of 5.70.

Which city is the poorest in America? ›

Places (2013—2017 American Community Survey)
RankPlaceState or territory
1Little River CDPCalifornia
2Villanueva CDPNew Mexico
3Nottoway Court House CDPVirginia
4Lower Santan Village CDPArizona
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What is the safest big city in Michigan? ›

Safest Large Cities in Michigan

The safest large city in Michigan is Sterling Heights, a core suburb of the Detroit metro area. The city is host to Sterlingfest, which is one of the best-attended festivals in the Detroit area.

What is the safest zip code in Detroit? ›

48084. #1 Best ZIP Codes to Live in Detroit Area.

Is Detroit better now? ›

Is Detroit improving? Yes it is improving significantly since the bankruptcy filing. There is a lot of growth in the downtown, midtown, and Corktown areas.

What building caused the most deaths? ›

The most devastating project was the Panama Canal, which had more than 30,000 deaths, representing about 40% of its workforce.

Is the Eiffel Tower bigger than the St. Louis Arch? ›

The Arch is 75 feet taller than the Washington Monument and over twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty.
How Tall is it?
Gateway Arch630 Feet
Southwestern Bell Telephone Building (St. Louis, Missouri)587 Feet
Eiffel Tower984.25 Feet
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How long will the St. Louis Arch last? ›

The pillars might stand for another 5,000 years. High winds, perhaps from a passing tornado, could snap Gateway Arch apart at critical 300-foot level.

What does Drano mean in Detroit? ›

The police were called to DRANO - the Downriver Area Narcotics Organization. That was their name - DRANO.

What does what up doe mean in Detroit? ›

“What up doe can mean a few different things,” a Detroiter told the website “It can be a greeting, a challenge, or a phrase used to determine one's origin or residency,”. “It depends on the situation and voice inflection.

Why was it called Black Bottom in Detroit? ›

The name Black Bottom actually came from the area's rich, dark soil farmed by French settlers in the eighteenth century, not the African-American population that settled there during the Great Migration.

What is the oldest structure still standing in the United States? ›

According to the people who still inhabit the Taos Pueblo, the main part of the existing structures was built between 1000 AD and 1450 AD — which makes the Taos Pueblo the oldest building in America.

What is the oldest bar in St. Louis? ›

The Geyer Inn - OLDEST Bar in St. Louis.

What is the oldest house in St. Louis? ›

Louis with the Lewis Bissell House, and it is the oldest privately owned building in St. Louis. It was listed as a St.
Emmanuel DeHodiamont House
Location951 Maple Place, St. Louis, MO, United States
Coordinates38°39′39.37″N 90°17′31.73″W
Arealess than one acre
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How long is the Blackstone greenway? ›

Description: The Blackstone River Bikeway in Rhode Island spans 19.5 miles, including some on-road riding.

Where is the start of the Razorback greenway? ›

Razorback Regional Greenway
NWA Razorback Regional Greenway
Bridge over Lake Fayetteville near the trailhead
Length36 mi (58 km)
LocationNorthwest Arkansas, United States
TrailheadsWalker Park, Fayetteville Lake Fayetteville, Fayetteville Goad Springs Rd, Lowell Lake Bella Vista, Bella Vista
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Is the Razorback greenway paved? ›

The Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway is a 40 mile (64 km), primarily off-road, paved trail that travels on a north-south axis through Northwest Arkansas.

Is Anne Springs greenway free? ›

All visitors pay a daily admission fee of $12/person ages 13+ and $6/person ages 5-12. All Federal, State and Local laws are enforced within the Greenway. Obey all directions given by Rangers and Staff or posted on signs. Trails open daily at 7:00 a.m. and close at sunset.

How long is the Hot Springs greenway trail? ›

The Hot Springs Greenway Trail is a 5.5 mile, moderately trafficked out-and-back trail located near the downtown area.

How long is the Bicentennial bikeway? ›

The bikeway is a 4.8km off-road pathway from Toowong to Brisbane city—providing access to South Bank, Kangaroo Point and New Farm through connecting bridges and pathways.

How long is the Grand Forks greenway? ›

At just more than 20 miles, the Greenway of Greater Grand Forks, known as the Greenway, includes a 10-mile loop through both cities that enables bikers/hikers to link up to other trails through each city.

Can you walk Razorback Greenway? ›

Explore this 30.2-mile point-to-point trail near Fayetteville, Arkansas. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 9 h 33 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking, mountain biking, and road biking, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring.

How long is the Razorback trail? ›

This hike is 2.7 miles roundtrip. Duration, or how long a hike takes, depends on your pace, how frequently you stop, and the terrain. For an average pace, this hike takes 1 to 2 hours. Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Why is it called Pig Trail Arkansas? ›

Possible origins of the name “Pig Trail” are many. Near the junction with the Mulberry River, it was not unusual in times past to see roaming pigs, both feral and domesticated, as Ozark farmers once considered the forest as open range for fattening their shoats and hogs.

What is the best part of the greenway? ›

The now-iconic tunnel

The highlights of this section of the Waterford Greenway are the 400m-long Ballyvoyle Tunnel (constructed in 1878) and the historic Ballyvoyle Viaduct. The Ballyvoyle Viaduct is an iconic monument on the Deise Greenway.

Are eBikes allowed on the Razorback Greenway? ›

The Razorback Greenway is Bentonville's big connector, making it very easy to get to anywhere by eBike, as class one and two eBikes are allowed on the trail.

Where do you park for a Razorback Greenway? ›

The Jones Center is a certified "Park and Ride" facility for the Razorback Greenway. Located just off the heart of the Greenway, the Center has ample parking for a group ride meetup or even a fun place to start and end a ride with your family.

How long is the fee fee Greenway? ›

The Fee Fee Greenway currently extends 2.7 miles (paved) from the Maryland Heights recreation complex through McKelvey Woods Nature Park to Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. This makes it possible for you to continue your walk or bike ride through the park to the Creve Coeur Connector trail.

How much is membership to Anne Springs greenway? ›

$66/year. A yearly membership for one person. Become A Member!

Which is the best greenway in Ireland? ›

1. Waterford Greenway. The Waterford Greenway is the longest, dedicated off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. 46 km in length, you can cycle or walk the route which runs from Waterford City to Dungarvan and follows the old Waterford to Mallow railway line.


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