Detroit's Space Race

These numbers below from Detroit are at least one year old. But the basic organization of urban space remains essentially unchanged.

The challenge of transforming the Motor City to compete in a world that rewards metro centers where walking, biking, and public transit are at least as convenient as driving apparently rivals that of putting a man on the moon. Here's the data to prove it.

Sixty percent of the space in Detroit - more than 21 million square feet - is dedicated to the automobile via streets, highways, and parking lots.

Thirty-six percent of the city's space - nearly 13 million square feet - is dedicated to buildings where people actually live and work and the pedestrian realm.

Four percent - approximately 1.6 million sq. ft. - is dedicated to parks and other so-called non-motorized uses.