Street names such as Four Tops Drive and Miracles Boulevard were only appropriate when this 47-acre Detroit neighborhood got its groove back. After half a century as an isolated ghetto with little to no connection to surrounding neighborhoods, this prime turf near the city's mid-town district is humming once again, thanks to Hope VI funding, a restored street grid, and a lively blend of affordable and market-rate homes. With their traditional brick masonry and detailing, the new infill units sing in tune with upper-crust residences in the adjacent Woodbridge Farms historic district. “The duplexes and triplexes are designed to look like single-family homes,” says architect and urban planner Abraham Kadushin. “And every residence has its own entry, as opposed to common entries and elevators, which are breeding grounds for crime.”
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Category: Infill community;
Entrant/Architect: Kadushin Associates Architects Planners, Ann Arbor, Mich.;
Builders: Sterling Construction Corp. of Indiana, Mishawaka, Ind. (rental units); Fielek Builders, South Lyon, Mich. (for-sale units);
Developers: The Slavik Co., Farmington Hills, Mich.; Strather & Associates, Detroit; Rosenberg Housing Group, New York; Detroit Housing Commission, Detroit;
Land planner: Giffels-Webster Engineers, Detroit;
Landscape architect: J. Eppink Partners, Clarkston, Mich.