Working closely with campus and community partners, OED leads several placemaking and mobility initiatives. Since 2011, OED has raised more than $5 million for projects that make our campus and our city more inviting, accessible, equitable and connected.
Woodward | Warren Park
We led the transformation of this underused greenspace at one of the gateways to campus into a community park. We program a range of performances and activities in the park, including the Winter Art and Retail Market, part of Midtown's annual Noel Night festivities. Woodward | Warren Park is also home to WSU Farmer's Market (Wednesdays, June-October).
All Woodward | Warren Park programming is currently on hold due to COVID-19.
Industry Innovation Center (I2C)
OED and TechTown have led efforts to transform the former NextEnergy building and its grounds into a space where university, industry and community come together. I2C was reinvigorated through a participatory design process that engaged more than 300 students, faculty, staff and community members. The addition of colorful, inviting outdoor gathering/meeting spaces kicked off I2C's re-emergence as a space designed inside and out for innovation and collaboration.
Since 2014, OED has engaged thousands of students, staff, faculty and neighbors in flexible, creative placemaking projects designed to spark connection and interaction within the campus community and with our neighbors. Efforts have included Walk [Wayne State], encouraging walking and biking to attractions and destinations both on and off campus; the Detroit Institute of Arts' Inside|Out program, which brought classic art reproductions to campus while showcasing one of our neighborhoods greatest cultural gems; and pop-up seating, inviting our community to relax, study, socialize and "stay a while."
Transit & Mobility
Since 2011, OED has played a major role in diversifying transit options for the WSU community and all Detroiters. MoGo, Detroit's bike sharing system, launched out of our office. We helped bring Zipcar to Detroit and we were key partners in M-1 Rail /QLINE streetcar and the Midtown Greenway.
In 2018, we created and launched WayneRides to increase Warrior knowledge and use of local transportation and mobility options. WayneRides programming is coordinated by student Transportation Ambassadors, in partnership with the Dean of Students Office and Parking and Transportation, and includes FREE 31-day Dart passes for Wayne State students, good for unlimited rides on DDOT and SMART buses, and the QLINE streetcar.
The Wayne State University Police Department is recognized widely for its community-centered approach to public safety. OED supports WSUPD's work through fundraising and other partnerships. As a result of Wayne State's collaborative, proactive approach to public safety, Midtown has experienced a more than 60% decline in major crime since 2009. Today, Midtown is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city. Read more about WSUPD's role in revitalizing Midtown while remaining focused on the community in the New York Times.