Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NY Times: Detroit Is The New Tribeca

Last year the New York Times referred to the city of Detroit as "the new Berlin" for the influx of artists to the city. A new article now refers to The D as "the new Tribeca". Really?

From the New York Times:

Recent census figures show that Detroit’s overall population shrank by 25 percent in the last 10 years. But another figure tells a different and more intriguing story: During the same time period, downtown Detroit experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35, nearly 30 percent more than two-thirds of the nation’s 51 largest cities.

These days the word “movement” is often heard to describe the influx of socially aware hipsters and artists now roaming the streets of Detroit. Not unlike Berlin, which was revitalized in the 1990s by young artists migrating there for the cheap studio space, Detroit may have this new generation of what city leaders are calling “creatives” to thank if it comes through its transition from a one-industry.

Very exciting news all around. The return of the magnificent Broderick Tower is a huge boost to the downtown area. Great article here. Support the D.