Group capstone project
The groups' capstone (UP 7700) provides students—as they approach the end of their studies—with an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they acquired in the master of urban planning program to complete a real-world project for a real-world client.
The course organizes students into a planning consulting firm. This "firm" has a contract with the client and they work with an agreed scope of services to prepare product(s) that satisfy predetermined outcomes and deadlines of the client.
Recent capstone projects included an economic development strategy for the Sinai-Grace Guild Community Development Corporation; preparing recommendations for Focus: Hope Village Initiative to prepare for the Joe Louis Greenway that will pass through its community and how to enhance sustainability in the neighborhood; reimagining Warren Avenue in West Dearborn; plans for harnessing the economic, social, and cultural assets of the Rouge River in Dearborn; plans for the redevelopment of the Hazel Park Raceway; and the creation of new streetscapes in Clawson. Students typically present the project at public meetings.
Recent capstone project reports
|The Savoyard Plan|
|Northwest Detroit: Open for Business|
|HOPE Village: Inner Circle Greenway and Eco-D Plan|
|Warren Avenue: Vision Plan and Economic Development Strategy (2016)|
|rediscovering the rouge (2016)|
|Community Development Through a Walkable & Livable Clawson, Michigan: Corridor Plans for: Rochester Road North Main Street (2015)|
|John R Corridor Plan (2014)||Book spreads|
|Nine Mile Roadway Plan (2014)|| ||Connected pages |
|Hazel Park Raceway Plan (2014)|
|Going Green for Growth: Economic Development Strategies for Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation (2013)|
|Commercial Land Inventory – City Study of Detroit (2012)||Data (shapefile) |
Data (Excel 2003)
Data (Excel 2007-2010)
|Conceptualizing Woodbrige: Planning Recommendations (2011)|| |