In 2005, the University of Michigan Taubman College convened various design “charrettes” abotu different areas of the city. The 2005 focus, by invitation of the Greater Downtown Partnership, was on Eastern Market and this is the land use plan that came out of their work. The final plan was called “Eastern Market and Beyond: Detroit Design Charrette 2005.”
“The master plan depicts the proposed reconfigurations and interjections to the Eastern Market precinct to accommodate an urban agriculture theme in conjunction with a range of other public activity spaces, civic amenities, and landmark structures.”
I think the biggest standout is the large segment of residential to the east of the market where the Detroit Blight Authority (Pulte) partnered with Mayor Bing to raze a large swath of blighted buildings and vacant lots. The biggest missing piece is the lack of connection across Gratiot. For many residents living in Lafayette Park as well as the coop and condo developments south of the market, there is no easy connection besides the Dequindre Cut.