Open Streets Southwest Detroit was held on October 7, 2018 offering 3.5 miles of non-motorized getting around and getting info. Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision was there getting the word out to Open Streets attendees on what’s happening here at home to cut pollution in air, water, land, and our bodies. Open Streets allows for safe use of the roadway by walkers, bikers, and other motorless modes of transportation. Folks enjoyed the exercise and the noise reduction from an afternoon without motor vehicles on this stretch of W. Vernor (the event also extended along Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt Park to 3rd Street).
SDEV Healthy Air Program Manager, Maggie Striz Calnin and Special Projects Program Manager, Alondra Alvizo staffed the SDEV table at the corner of W. Vernor and Clark Ave. This corner is also the site of a 2017 collaborative project that installed a mural, decorative planters, a demonstration rain garden, and tables and benches for community members to enjoy. We hope to see our neighbors out at our next collaborative event – the family fun at Green Halloween on October 27 from 11 – 1 at Scarcyny Park (Junction at Merritt St.) followed by a trunk or treat at The James Group on Fort Street from 12 – 4.