Paver of the week: Detroit’s Cass Farms Green Alley


Look down with us.

These, our inaugural pavers here at 9591 Iris, are in Detroit’s Cass Farms Green Alley, a demonstration project that transformed a scary, deteriorated concrete alley into a pleasant, useful passageway.

The new alley uses reclaimed historic brick, diverting it from the waste stream, and water-permeable pavers that let rainfall and snowmelt seep into the water table rather than rushing away into the sewers.    It reduces the heat island effect.  It promotes recycling – a recycling facility is stationed along the alley – it is pedestrian friendly, with long-lasting high-efficiency lighting, and it also is just plain inviting.  Since its opening it has become the core of a lively little neighborhood of shops and businesses.

The brass plaque explaining the Green Alley concludes: “Enjoy your walk.”  I couldn’t agree more.

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