The Dequindre Cut Greenway is an urban path that offers a pedestrian link between the East Riverfront, Eastern Market, and several residential neighborhoods in between.

Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a predominantly below-street level greenway that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Atwater Street, just north of the Detroit River. Well known for its examples of urban artwork and graffiti, the greenway features a 20-foot-wide paved pathway, which includes separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. The extension of the Dequindre Cut that opened in April 2016 takes pedestrians into the heart of the Eastern Market. Also along this stretch, the Wilkins Street Plaza—with its soaring canopy, bike racks and a variety of seating options—provides a place for pedestrians to take a break while visiting the Dequindre Cut.

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Railway
Status Open / Ongoing
Opening First leg: May 2009
Second leg: April 2016
Size 2 miles
Design Team Smith Group JJR

Managed and operated by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy in partnership with the City of Detroit

Project Leader Mark Wallace

Steering Committee Member

Latest News / Dequindre Cut

The Dirt / December 15, 2021

New Green Spaces Don’t Have to Lead to Gentrification

Decades of redlining and urban renewal, rooted in racist planning and design policies, created the conditions for gentrification to occur in American cities. But the primary concern with gentrification today is displacement, which primarily impacts marginalized communities shaped by a history of being denied access to mortgages.