G7 Neighborhood Framework Plan

Healing urban traumas in Detroit's Gratiot Neighborhood through citizens' engagement and people-centered strategic planning.

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Rasmus Astrup

Design Principal, Senior Partner


Detroit, USA


845 ha


2019 — 2020


City of Detroit


Lead design architect and in charge of urban planning

Partners & Collaborators

Giffels Webster, Utile, CDAD, HR&A

SLA is engaged to help create attractive everyday surroundings that increase the quality of life for the inhabitants in the decayed G7 neighborhood. The strategic 845 ha G7 Neighborhood Framework Plan is part of a major effort to support the recovery of Detroit’s post-bankruptcy economy and once again establish growth in Motor City.

fig. 1 Photo from G7 by Noah Stephens
fig. 2 Photo from G7 by Noah Stephens

Healing Urban Traumas is the headline for the coordinated strategic effort launched by the City of Detroit to solve the city’s social and urban challenges. For the Northeastern part of the city around Gratiot Avenue/7 Mile, challenges such as poverty, over-crowded or vacant housing, derelict public spaces, poor health, social despair and ecologic scarcity have long prevailed.

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Our multidisciplinary team addresses these neighborhood challenges through a holistic long-term planning approach in close collaboration with residents, shop owners, local businesses, community groups, internal and external stakeholders as well as city officials. The work will result in a strategic analysis, an urban and economic development plan as well as conceptual nature-based design for the neighborhood including recommendations for the future development of G7.

The Neighborhood Framework Plan is a solid first step towards transforming the G7 into a neighborhood with improved social infrastructure, an atmosphere of trust and increased quality of life for the residents.