Map: Acres of Park and Playfield Space in Detroit 1972



These maps come from the Detroit Geographic Expedition and Institute’s Field Notes No. 4 as they helped analyze and organize around the loss of the Matthaei Playfield to WSU and the generate inequitable access to recreation space. One of the accompanying maps was comparing open space in Mack Ave. and Bloomfield Hills.

“[…] the removal of recreation space from the community effects the quality of life for the people who live there quite severely.

Moreover, central city communities such as Cass-Trumbull have special needs because of the larger densities of children, fewer gardens, smaller playfield areas attached to schools, and poorer quality playspace compared to higher income areas in the city.”

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