Paradise Valley and Black Bottom were thriving Black neighborhoods in the 1950s and 1960s what once boasted Black-owned enterprises like grocery stores, restaurants and shops was essentially razed as part of Detroit’s urban renewal.
More land will become available and the planned boulevard will focus on maintaining connectivity in Detroit.
The public is invited to an open house next week where they can see early design efforts of the corridor.
In its place would be a boulevard that would reconnect the separated neighborhoods long split from I-375's construction years ago.
“We talk about it like a sore wound because it's never been healed,” the director said. “You talk about Gratiot, obviously Hastings Street. We talk about a number of the clubs.”
Leaders hope to honor Detroit's Black Bottom neighborhood, which was destroyed by the construction of I-375, with a new project in the area.
"Detroit's historic Black Bottom running from Gratiot to Larned, from St. Aubin to Brush before it was buried, wiped away by I-75," said Rochelle Riley. "'They paved paradise and put in a parking lot' - and a highway."
Call him mayor, call him hizzoner, just don’t call him a saint. That’s what some Detroiters are saying after renowned author Alice Randall reportedly announced Mayor Duggan would be named a Black Bottom Saint in a set of playing cards. It is a project tied to her latest novel about the old predominantly Black neighborhood when Detroit was predominantly white.
Black Bottom, a historically black neighborhood in Detroit may be gone, but it is not forgotten. It is now serving as an inspiration for music being performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Black Bottom and Paradise Valley were once thriving Detroit neighborhoods, two separate communities where blacks lived and worked. Today, both are gone.