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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

YOUNG PEOPLE PUT DOWN ROOTS IN CITY TO HELP IT FLOURISH AGAIN

While the sad fact remains that the city of Detroit loses way more people than it gains every year, the Detroit Free Press makes note of the emerging trend of new 20-30 something metro Detroit suburbanites moving downtown to enjoy a more urban lifestyle. Many of these young individuals are moving from suburban Detroit where they have lived since they graduated college, while a significant amount are former metro Detroiters who lived in large cities across the country, but are now returning home and are eager to continue living in an urban center.

While most neighborhoods in the city, with the exception of a few, continue to be in disarray, the influx of young generation X and generation Y transplants have helped downtown Detroit, along with midtown, formerly known as Cass Corridor, reinvent themselves. These areas are in the midst of a renaissance considering the condition both downtown and midtown were in just under 10 years ago.

Jarrid Mooney, a former Ann Arborite, "is among hundreds of young people choosing the city over the suburbs. They say they like the underground vibe of city dwellers who enjoy art, culture and a walkable community. They also want to join the movement to reinvigorate Detroit's neighborhoods near downtown.

"'There are lots of hidden gems and so much positive energy,' said Mooney, who is also applying for jobs in the city so he can be in Detroit full-time. 'It's a city but it's also a small town in terms of who you run into.'"

(Margarita Bauza/Detroit Free Press)

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