If you haven’t seen it yet, this video is definitely worth watching. It basically talks about the future of infrastructure in America, specifically here in Detroit. They talk about how the city built on the automobile can no longer rely on cars as its main mode of transportation. In fact, a lot of the problems in Detroit today are because of a lack of a viable public transportation system and the reliance on the automobile. Many people in the city of Detroit cannot afford a car, yet basically the only way to get around the city is by car. The bus system (one is seen driving by in this shot) is inconsistent and doesn’t even make stops in parts of the city that need it. And, the people mover only serves a very small fraction of downtown.

The video talks about plans for bringing light rail to Woodward Ave, the main road that leads from the city’s core to its suburbs. The light rail center would be located just down the road from where I took this shot. I was inspired by the video and decided to walk around this area and take some shots. The video also talks about how old automobile manufacturing plants could be used to produce equipment for wind turbines, solar cells, etc.

Alternative transportation options, such as the possibility of the light rail in Detroit, will make a better future for the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. Alternative transportation is just one of many ways we can begin to refocus the state of Michigan for a better future.