The storied history of the North End / New Center neighborhoods include some of Motown’s most notable artists, including Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, the Four Tops and Aretha Franklin, who all grew up in North End. Originally a part of Hamtramck, North End was annexed by the City of Detroit in 1891, and served as the cultural hub for African Americans in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Today the North End / New Center communities are in a position to leverage its close proximity to Downtown and Midtown, major cultural attractions, anchor institutions, such as Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University to stimulate economic development, expand investment in housing and improve access to quality education for the benefit of current and future residents.
There is probably no neighborhood that has done so much in recent years than Midtown. The area is a blend of history, luxury apartments, modest townhouses and lofts, of services like dry cleaning and a hardware store, of restaurants, galleries and Detroit’s own Wayne State University, the Medical Center and the Culture Center- all making this a very attractive place to be. Midtown hosts two million visitors annually, has a daytime population of over 50,000 and has the largest concentration of cultural, educational and medical institutions in southeast Michigan. It has two radio stations, three cinemas, 10 museums, over 70 restaurants, its own symphony, two historic inns and 12 galleries. Restaurants and nightlife abound, makes this one of the best walkable neighborhoods.
Signs of new life are everywhere in Detroit’s downtown area. It is currently experiencing one of the largest urban redevelopment booms in the country. New businesses are finding homes in old buildings. From restaurants and retail to new lofts and condominiums, more young urban professionals and empty nesters continue to flock to Downtown Detroit. With over $6 billion invested into real estate development and more than 85,000 employees and 6,000 residents, Downtown Detroit is moving forward in bounds and leaps. Historic buildings that once stood empty are now full of new residents and employees; coffee shops and bars that have closed over time are now reopening their doors once more. Downtown has been the epicenter for the revitalization of Detroit, and that growth continues to emanate outward towards other connecting neighborhoods in the city.