Detroit Continues Five-Year Redevelopment Stall

District Detroit covers numerous city blocks near Little Caesars Arena, promising housing, retail, and other urban amenities, but it hasn’t made much progress since it was first announced five years ago.

If you’ve gone downtown recently you may have noticed large banners advertising a development called District Detroit.

In 2013, Olympia Development, a company owned by the Ilitch family, received around $324 million in tax incentives for the redevelopment project.

District Detroit covers numerous city blocks near Little Caesars Arena, promising housing, retail, and other urban amenities, but it hasn’t made much progress since it was first announced five years ago. 

Residents and business owners near the mainly empty city blocks of District Detroit are getting fed up. Journalist Tom Perkins wrote about the controversy for the British newspaper The Guardian.

Listen to his interview with CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire with the audio player above. 

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  • Amanda LeClaire

    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.