Located roughly halfway between downtown and Chene Park, Lafayette Park is close to Belle Isle and the MacArthur Bridge.

Lafayette Park is home to several thousand residents. The first urban renewal project in the United States, it boasts 26 buildings by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which are his only works in Michigan and the largest collection of his buildings in one place the world over. The aesthetic is consistent, minimalist steel and glass, but the housing options are diverse.

When Lafayette Park was created, design was everything. City streets were not allowed to pass through, which allowed the creation of a large central park and a network of walking paths. The eight separate residential developments in the district were done in a variety of styles, from modernist, high-rise towers to one-story, flat-roofed town houses. It covers 78 acres in all. One of the country’s great models of urban planning, Lafayette Park offers a sense of place that is both modern and historical, urban yet green, and spacious. In fact, there is likely more green space in Lafayette Park than in any other Detroit neighborhood. The addition of the Dequindre Cut only adds to this original green space. Through the greenway, Lafayette is just a short bike ride to Eastern Market, the RiverWalk and Belle Isle. It’s also a short bike ride to the city’s Cultural Center, which offers music venues, grand theaters, art galleries and more.