What Happened to All That Development We Were Promised Around Little Caesars Arena?

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Little Caesars Arena

Five years ago, the Ilitch family and Olympia Entertainment made some big promises.

As it built its taxpayer-subsidized arena downtown, it would also create an entire neighborhood around it. It would be called The District Detroit. That development would connect Detroit’s thriving Downtown and Midtown neighborhoods.

Curbed Detroit: “The District Detroit: Concept vs. Reality”

But that vision has still not leapt from glossy artist renderings to reality.

That’s the finding of a new report from Crain’s Detroit Business.

The journalists behind that report, Bill Shea and Kirk Pinho, join Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about what’s happening in that area of the city.

Listeners also call in to talk about their view of the state of the city of Detroit in 2019 ahead of Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City speech. 

Click on the audio player above to hear that conversation.

WDET will broadcast Mayor Mike Duggan’s annual State of the  City address live from the East English Village Preparatory Academy at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Image credit: The District Detroit

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