Downriver, the unofficial name for a cluster of 18 cities and townships just south of Detroit, is undergoing a transformation. From opening new restaurants to revitalizing its riverfront, the community is working hard to create a more vibrant and economically prosperous area for its residents.
Spearheading this effort is Sue Trussell, the director of the Brownstown Downtown Development Authority and co-chair of Destination Downriver. Trussell joined Stephen Henderson on Detroit Today to discuss the community’s efforts to rebrand Downriver and create a dynamic and inviting place to call home.
Listen: Community leaders are working to transform Downriver
Sue Trussell is the director of the Brownstown Downtown Development Authority and co-chair of Destination Downriver. On Detroit Today, Trussell emphasizes the importance of collaboration between local governments, communities and small businesses in order to create a thriving downtown area.
“The communities are realizing, through their building ordinances and their zoning, that they need to embrace the families and the small businesses to make them successful in their downtown,” Trussell explains.