The Detroit Plan (1946)

The 1940’s across the country were tough; with the ending of World War 2, and the begining of the Great Depression, the entire country was in deficit and Detroit was no different. In 1946, after nearly 20 years of discussion, The Detroit Plan was made public. Authored by Mayor Jeffries, this plan focused mainly on how to bulid a lot of cheap housing, demolish the existing slums and build lots of public housing.

An area of 82 acres, which later was expanded to 129 acres was chosen for redevelopment [1]. There was approximately 2,500 acres of slums in Detroit, so the small portion that was chosen was selected due to its location. It was close to the CBD, had three major traffic thoroughfares surrounding it, and many public institutions surrounding it. This area has also in the past been considered for other programs and plans that never panned out.

According to Michigan State Law, the local government may allocate funds by accepting a master plan created as long as the plan has “good civic design and arrangement and wise and effecient expenditure of public funds” [2]. 


Works Cited

  1. Ernecq, Jean Marie. Urban Renewal History of Detroit: 1946-1970. (1972). Wayne State University. Detroit: Michigan. 
  2. Michigan State Legislature. (2008). Michigan.