Next American City reports that the Midtown neighborhood, located just north of Detroit’s downtown and riverfront area, has seen a remarkable revival in recent years. While independent enterprises the nation over have been struggling since 2008, entrepreneurs here have been taking over darkened storefronts to launch new businesses and restaurants. In a city that has lost nearly half of its population since the boom years of the 1950s, Midtown has managed to keep 95 percent of its housing occupied, and to create vibrant community gardens in what once were vacant lots. In fact, almost no Midtown businesses were lost during the recession, despite the fact that the city didn’t exactly enter the economic slump on the most solid of footing.
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