Urban Planning People and Events

You are INVITED to. . . .

Explore Detroit    --     October 11

--An Educational and Enjoyable Tour led by Urban Planner, Judith Transue

This field trip has been organized by the Student Urban Planning Association and the Association of Student Geographers and designed as an inexpensive opportunity to “explore” one of America’s most important cities.

WHO is welcome: students, teachers and staff of Grand Valley State University

WHEN:All day, Friday, October 11, 2013.  The bus leaves the Allendale Campus at 6:45 a.m. and returns by 8:30 p.m.

WHAT TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION : A 47-seat coach bus with comfortable seating and bathroom facilities.

COST: $10 to reserve a seat on the bus; tour members are encouraged to bring extra funds for a lunch stop at Eastern Market and a snack for the bus.

MEETING PLACE:  In front of Mackinac Hall (D Lot)  (A stop in downtown Grand Rapids or carpooling will also be an option.)

HOW to RESERVE a SPOT:  Call the Department of Geography and Planning NOW to reserve a seat on the bus (616-331-3065). We ask that you bring your check (to the Association of Student Geographers) or cash to the Department offices –MAK-B-4-105 before Thursday, Oct. 9.

For more information feel free to contact Dr. Patricia Houser at houserp@gvsu.edu or Kristin Heisner (Urban Planning Association President) at heisnerk@mail.gvsu.edu.

HOW TO PREPARE:  Judith Transue Recommends everyone see the short documentary titled “Lemonade Detroit” before or after the trip: LEMONADE DETROIT


PLACES WE’LL VISIT and learn about (click on the photos below for more information).

The Belle Isle tour is mainly a narrated bus ride but all other sites involve getting off the bus and meeting local experts. For instance, the Corktown visit will include, among other things an explanation of an urban farming project:

The Heidleberg Project:

Messiah Housing Corp. --Nonprofit


Eastern Market for a Lunch Time Break:

The famous "Corktown" neighborhood:

and a bus ride and guided tour around on of the most famous Parks in U.S. History, Belle Isle:





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