by Ryan Felton
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The Detroit Downtown Development Authority will gather input from the public next week on alternative proposals to revamp I-375 in downtown Detroit.
It's the second public meeting scheduled by the DDA, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Detroit RiverFront Conspiracy on possible changes to the mile-long corridor.
Crain's Detroit Business reported last year the state was considering transforming a section of the corridor into a grade-level boulevard to spur development. Officials told the business weekly, though, it wasn't a "foregone conclusion" -- just one of a numerous ideas being considered. As we previously noted, it was only 14 years ago when MDOT considered an entirely different concept for I-375: an expansion to allow employees at the Renaissance Center easier access to work. The do-gooders at Transportation Riders United helped quash those plans, with its former executive director making one of the same suggestions in the Freep being considered today; that is, burying the corridor altogether.
If you want to chime in, the meeting is slated to take place Thursday, June 12, from 2 to 8 p.m. inside Eastern Market's Shed 5. The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, which staffs the quasi-public DDA, says brief presentations will be held every two hours beginning at 2 p.m; project reps will be on-site to explain the various concepts.