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District neighborhoods are key to making Detroit vibrant again.

People in The District Detroit

The new state-of-the-art hockey arena at the center of The District Detroit is just one part of the sweeping, long-range vision surrounding the ice arena and community events center the Detroit Red Wings will soon call home.

The new 50-block sports and entertainment district will connect downtown Detroit with Midtown to create one contiguous walkable, livable experience. With new shops, restaurants, homes; lively and inspiring performances; and lush, inviting green spaces, The District Detroit will connect lovers to romantic settings, singles to new experiences, families to new destinations, businesses to customers, jobs to job seekers and people from all walks of life to new homes and exciting new surroundings.

“This really will be a transformational moment in Detroit’s history,” explains Michael A. Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for overall economic growth.

It is a simple truth that you cannot have a well-regarded state or region without a healthy, vibrant city,” says Finney. “For most of the last century, Detroit was an engine that powered the U.S. economy and made Michigan a global center of excellence. We can be all that again when Detroit itself is vibrant again.”

The Five Neighborhoods

The forward-thinking project is multi-faceted.

Part of the plan includes tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements, including new paving for streets, curbs and sidewalks, landscaping and streetscapes, streetlights and traffic signals, upgraded utilities, and new and improved green spaces and city parks. All of which will create new jobs.

“Beyond immediate new jobs,” explains Finney, “there will be entire new neighborhoods that develop where we now see vacant lots.”

The five distinct neighborhoods, each with names representing the area’s historical roots, are:

  • Columbia Street, a European-style community near the Fox Theatre and Fillmore Detroit with cobblestone walkways
  • Columbia Park, a new public green space behind the Fox
  • Wildcat Corner, an energetic restaurant, office, residential and retail community
  • Cass Park Village, a charming neighborhood with art galleries and cafes
  • The epicenter Woodward Square, the home of terraced-dining, loft-living and world-class sports and entertainment

“The project is a bold vision of what a premier world-class city can be with a broad mix of entertainment, commercial, retail and housing options,” says Finney.

The launch of The District is Sept. 25 and marked by events throughout the entire area so Detroit’s residents, employees and visitors can begin connecting with both the past and the future of their city.

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