Michigan, USA

Detroit stakeholders are working with the Urban Collaboratory to understand and improve their water resources.

About Detroit

The city of Detroit is located in Southwest Michigan. It lies directly across the Detroit River from Windsor, Canada.

Detroit is the largest city in Michigan, known for being home to many of the major automakers in the United States, as well as for the distinctive “Motown” music that came out of the city in the 1960s.

The Urban Collaboratory is working alongside organizations such as the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Great Lakes Water Authority to investigate ways to improve Detroit’s Water Resource Recovery Facility and to collect data on how Detroiters use their riverfront.  

  • Population: 672,795
  • Area: 138.75 square miles
  • Median Household Income: $26,249
  • Poverty Rate: 39.4%

“We have worked with the University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory to monitor foot and bicycle traffic at several locations along the RiverWalk and the Dequindre Cut. The information gathered allows us to better understand which areas are the most traveled and during which parts of the day. We found the team at Urban Collaboratory to be very responsive, while the data they gathered was organized and thorough.”

Mark Wallace

President & CEO, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy

"The team at the Urban Collaboratory has been an amazing resource and partner for the City of Detroit. Their experience and expertise has helped us move forward at a pace we could not have achieved alone."

Marc de la Vergne

Chief of Mobility Innovation at the City of Detroit

GLWA’s projects to date have enabled us to leverage the extensive experience and research areas of UM to provide results that are scientifically rigorous and investigate areas of our operation to solve problems and optimize processes with an eye to improving our efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Wendy Barrott

Manager, Research & Innovation at Great Lakes Water Authority

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