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Old 01-17-2011, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Downtown Detroit
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I was looking at a satellite view of Metro Detroit on Google Maps and it was interesting to see all of the areas that are typically described as "urban" stand out from the rest of the topography. From above urban areas look like clusters of gray and brown in the middle of a sea of green. Occasionally, an area containing a lot of industry will resemble and urban area because of similar color tones, but as you zoom in, you can clearly see the narrowness of the street grids and the density of small buildings on each block.

Most Urban Areas of Metro Detroit - Google Maps

On this map, I colored in all of the urban areas in Metro Detroit by tracing the color shades with the street-view setting turned off. The City of Detroit's urban area is very apparent, as is Royal Oak's, Birmingham's, and Pontiac's. The others I had to look for but easily spotted once I was in the right vicinity. One thing that can throw you off is parking lots, because from a distance they appear to be a similar color, just like industrial complexes.

I didn't bother tracing Woodward, Michigan Ave, Gratiot, or Grand River, but if you look closely, you will see that they are clearly urban corridors, at least along the street, and sometimes one-two blocks back off the front of the street.
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:16 PM
 
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Cool map! Did you make any other ones ?
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Downtown Detroit
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Cool map! Did you make any other ones ?
Only this one, which highlights the neighborhoods typically referred to as "greater downtown."

The Districts of Greater Downtown Detroit - Google Maps

Someday when I have more time, I want to do a highlighted map of all of Detroit's neighborhoods and provide some information along with pictures and links. After that, I'd like to do the same for all of the individual suburbs, but that's going to take some time!
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