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7.2 square miles. That is Greater Downtown Detroit. A slice of Detroit’s 139-square mile geography. A 7.2 square mile collection of neighborhoods: Downtown, Midtown, New Center, Woodbridge, Eastern Market, Lafayette Park, Rivertown, and Corktown—and so much more.
Like city-centers globally, downtowns are owned by everyone—welcoming residents, employees, visitors, and tourists. Greater Downtown contains high-rise and low-rise living, our richest cultural assets, the center of Detroit’s business world, the region’s sports and entertainment hub, some of the city’s most storied neighborhoods, and some of Southeast Michigan’s leading educational and medical institutions.
7.2 SQ MI is the data story of a physically and economically changing place. It is a snapshot that captures current information on residing, working, employing, visiting, living, playing, and investing in Greater Downtown. While a celebration of progress, it also acknowledges continued challenges and reveals potential opportunity.
We believe after reading 7.2 SQ MI you will see the momentum of today in Greater Downtown Detroit and the promise of tomorrow.
The Hudson-Webber Foundation
Detroit, Michigan, February 2013