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    Detroit’s downtown ‘starting to fight back’Upwardly mobile lead the way
By Andrea Billups - The Washington Times
DETROIT — For the past seven months, geologist Dan Ten Brink has made his home in a loft in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, working at an upscale cafe to make ends meet while on the lookout for a more permanent job.
The Grand Rapids native, 26 and single, loves city living and riding his bike all over town, and he notes that today’s Detroit, while decidedly urban, retains a small-town feel that is less overwhelming than, say, Chicago or New York.
He is part of a trend of young professionals who are relocating to Detroit. Although the city has lost significant population in the past several decades, including a 25 percent drop from 2000 to 2010, one demographic is up 59 percent: college-educated professionals ages 24 to 35 who live downtown, according to the 2010 census.
With a host of apartments, condos and lofts opening in midtown and several large companies such as Quicken Loans, Compuware and Blue Cross and Blue Shield moving operations to the city center - and offering cash incentives, no less, to staffers willing to live nearby - the rebirth of Detroit is capturing the imaginations of young and upwardly mobile explorers who say they want to get in on the ground floor of what they describe as a cultural shift.
“This is a city that is starting to fight back,” Mr. Ten Brink said. “A lot of people have moved in from the suburbs because they want to be a part of a growing urban culture.
“It’s starting to turn upbeat here,” he said. “It’s a fun area to be around. I feel like new things are happening, and it’s great to see it taking shape.”
A city opening its doors 
After taking years of criticism for political malfeasance, a foreclosure epidemic and epic blight, Detroit was named last month by Forbes magazine as the best American city for business. READ MORE…

    Detroit’s downtown ‘starting to fight back’
    Upwardly mobile lead the way

    By Andrea Billups - The Washington Times

    DETROIT — For the past seven months, geologist Dan Ten Brink has made his home in a loft in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, working at an upscale cafe to make ends meet while on the lookout for a more permanent job.

    The Grand Rapids native, 26 and single, loves city living and riding his bike all over town, and he notes that today’s Detroit, while decidedly urban, retains a small-town feel that is less overwhelming than, say, Chicago or New York.

    He is part of a trend of young professionals who are relocating to Detroit. Although the city has lost significant population in the past several decades, including a 25 percent drop from 2000 to 2010, one demographic is up 59 percent: college-educated professionals ages 24 to 35 who live downtown, according to the 2010 census.

    With a host of apartments, condos and lofts opening in midtown and several large companies such as Quicken Loans, Compuware and Blue Cross and Blue Shield moving operations to the city center - and offering cash incentives, no less, to staffers willing to live nearby - the rebirth of Detroit is capturing the imaginations of young and upwardly mobile explorers who say they want to get in on the ground floor of what they describe as a cultural shift.

    “This is a city that is starting to fight back,” Mr. Ten Brink said. “A lot of people have moved in from the suburbs because they want to be a part of a growing urban culture.

    “It’s starting to turn upbeat here,” he said. “It’s a fun area to be around. I feel like new things are happening, and it’s great to see it taking shape.”

    A city opening its doors

    After taking years of criticism for political malfeasance, a foreclosure epidemic and epic blight, Detroit was named last month by Forbes magazine as the best American city for business. READ MORE…

     
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