Imagining Woodward's 1824 Plan for Detroit

Augustus Brevoort Woodward, the first Chief Justice of the Michigan Territory, designed Detroit's original street grid, which called for a symmetrical, repeating hub-and-spoke pattern of avenues, each congregating at parks and squares. The design, inspired by the baroque-style arrangement seen in Haussman's plan for Paris, and L'Enfant's plan for Washington, D.C., was never finished, and only a fraction of it was ever built before planners reverted to the traditional uniform street grid layout seen today. The illustration reimagines downtown Detroit had Woodward's Plan been implemented in full.

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