The people and places that make Southwest Detroit a great neighborhood to call home

The people and places that make Southwest Detroit a great neighborhood to call home

Detroit is a wonderful mash-up of diverse residents and iconic neighborhoods that define its character and unique “city soul.” Each has a daily rhythm, a veritable “it” factor. Here’s a closer look inside Southwest Detroit, an area that has been attracting interest and investment. With access to the Canadian border crossing, major expressways, proximity to […]

Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhoods land $20 million, multi-year investment

Detroit’s Fitzgerald neighborhoods land $20 million, multi-year investment

Growth is good. And it’s becoming more evident in Detroit’s neighborhoods, particularly in the Livernois-McNichols area where government, civic and neighborhood leaders gathered just an hour ago to announce the ground-breaking of the new 2.5-acre Ella Fitzgerald Park development. A morning celebration of the new HomeBase community center and Ella Fitzgerald Park brought Mayor Mike […]

Detroit plan will invest $125 million in business districts, reclaim $2.6 billion in retail spending

Detroit plan will invest $125 million in business districts, reclaim $2.6 billion in retail spending

Some Detroit business districts showing small, but promising signs of recovery, as well as the many with little to no hope of improvement in sight, will soon get a seismic infusion of capital, Mayor Mike Duggan announced today. If approved by the Detroit City Council, the improvement dollars will come $125 million in bond funds, […]

Neighborhood growth accelerator: Detroit LISC recognizes groups moving the needle forward city-wide

Neighborhood growth accelerator: Detroit LISC recognizes groups moving the needle forward city-wide

When it comes to rebuilding Detroit, many groups in the Motor City have been happy to dig right in and get things done. A drive down one of the city’s major arteries reveals new shops, restaurants, condominiums and apartment buildings, a visual delight for residents inside the city border and beyond. Parts of Woodward, Livernois, […]

Change Agents: Live6 area residents and stakeholders collaborate to improve safety and well-being

Change Agents: Live6 area residents and stakeholders collaborate to improve safety and well-being

The tentacles of community redevelopment and reorganization reach further than the average Detroit resident might suppose. A recent Live6 event in the Livernois and McNichols area was proof positive of that.  Live6, the planning and development nonprofit organization, held Speakeasy, the latest in its monthly community dialogue series. Its aim is to bring together neighbors […]

Local real estate expert Austin Black II trumpets value in Detroit’s neighborhoods

Local real estate expert Austin Black II trumpets value in Detroit’s neighborhoods

When young couples come to Detroit searching for the perfect Tudor in Green Acres or a Victorian house in Corktown they often face bidding wars, bringing prices up to the edge of their budget. “What makes the city appealing is its beautiful housing stock, its strong neighborhoods and that edgy sense of community,” says Austin […]

Living In and Loving Detroit with City Living Detroit’s Austin Black

Living In and Loving Detroit with City Living Detroit’s Austin Black

This column begins a monthly series featuring the insights of Austin Black II, founder of City Living Detroit, a full-service, real estate brokerage firm based in Detroit. One of the city’s leading brokers, Black has earned praise for his success at increasing homeownership in city neighborhoods and surrounding areas. This month he shares insight about […]

Partners for Progress: Teamwork guides multi-million-dollar neighborhood fund

Partners for Progress: Teamwork guides multi-million-dollar neighborhood fund

Freshly written corporate checks are only part of what’s needed to answer the call from Detroit neighborhoods that are among the last to experience new investment. Strategies including sustainability, market research and community support are the formula for effectively matching finances with housing and business initiatives that reflect resident interests, experts say. Among the challenges […]

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