What if on Sundays the streets of Detroit's CBD are turned into street markets, allowing the businesses of Detroit to setup temporary stalls in the street, and giving people a reason to leave the suburbs, use the city centre to meet each other, and support local businesses. Streets in the CBD would be made car-free on these days to encourage walking and cycling.
Detroit's urban sprawl is resulting in migration to the suburbs, and an empty city centre. This concept encourages people to use the city centre again, bringing life, people and functions back into the CBD whilst supporting local businesses.
These pedestrian streets would occur on sundays - perhaps starting 2-4 times per year and if successful the frequency would increase, and give people an opportunity to inhabit the spaces not usually reserved for pedestrians - the CBD's main streets. The streets would be concentrated around transport stations, therefore encouraging people to use public transport to travel from the suburbs to the city.
The streets would turn into market stalls for the use of local businesses to set up temporary shopfronts (think local food, art, shops, music), giving residents the chance to support their local businesses, and offering them the ability to shop local all in one spot.
The programme would also bring vibrancy through diversity as it would bring Detroit locals together from all areas of this sprawling city to mix.