The historic name associated with Detroit's new riverfront path
The intrigue: The walkway — on an old polluted property that was home to a Uniroyal tire factory — has been dubbed the "Uniroyal Promenade."
- We were curious about that choice, considering its legacy of environmental contamination there and the substantial cleanup required. The Uniroyal plant closed around 1980.
Between the lines: A Detroit Riverfront Conservancy spokesperson confirmed the $11 million promenade is named after the site's history, not based on any Uniroyal sponsorship or funding.
Of note: Michelin, which bought Uniroyal in 1990, helped pay cleanup costs alongside other companies that polluted there.
What they're saying: "The name is more of a historic reference for longtime Detroiters," says Todd Scott of the Detroit Greenways Coalition, a cycling and trails advocacy organization. "As that memory fades, I wouldn't be surprised if the name was changed to reflect a new, future use."
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