See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Grosse Pointe Park reaches pact with Detroit to remove border barrier

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 12:37 PM

click to enlarge AARON DOME
  • Aaron Dome

For six years, Grosse Pointe Park found different ways to block a major intersection at the border of Detroit.

First it was a large pile of snow. Then a “delayed” water main project. Then a shed. And finally a farmer’s market with giant potted plants.



Now, the two communities have reached a tentative deal to reopen Kercheval to two-way traffic by the end of the month, The Detroit News first reported.

Under the deal, both sides of the intersection would be developed with shops, offices, apartments, and streetscapes.

click to enlarge kercheval_gpp_detroit.jpg
Many Detroit and Grosse Pointe residents have criticized the blockade as an ugly symbol of intolerance and classism in a suburban community that banned African-Americans and Asians from owning property until about 60 years ago.

Grosse Pointe Park’s population is now about 10 percent Black and far less conservative.

On Monday, Grosse Pointe Park City Council approved the pact. Detroit City Council is expected to vote on it Tuesday.

Below are different blockades at the intersection over the past six years:

click to enlarge STEVE NEAVLING
  • Steve Neavling

click to enlarge STEVE NEAVLING
  • Steve Neavling

click to enlarge STEVE NEAVLING
  • Steve Neavling

click to enlarge STEVE NEAVLING
  • Steve Neavling

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 20, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation