Mies' Lafayette Park
"I don't want to be interesting. I want to be good." Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Lafayette Park is a part of the Mies van der Rohe residential district in Detroit's lower east side . It was originally planned in 1946 to replace the Black Bottom neighborhood on a 78 acre area. It was planned by Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell with one and two story town homes and two high rises self contained with a 19 acre park, school and shopping area where you could get around without crossing any roads. It was, and still is an interesting mixed income and diverse neighborhood unlike other areas in Detroit which are highly racially segregated. An interesting example of world class planning, architecture and successful urban renewal.

I've visited a few times and it's interesting to see people so open to invite you into their homes and tell you their stories and history of their community.