DDP Centennial

100 Years of service to the city of Detroit.

In 1922, 13 progressive business leaders came together at the J.L. Hudson Co. offices to establish the Business Property Association – the precursor to what is now the Downtown Detroit Partnership. The meeting was held to investigate taxes levied on Downtown business properties, protest the 1922 increased assessed valuations, and encourage a subway be built leading many miles out for future expansion.

The Business Property Association was the first of its kind in the country and has been one of the city’s strongest advocates ever since. The organization has gone through several iterations. In 1954, it was rebranded as the Central Business District Association; in 1988, Detroit Downtown, Inc. (DDI); and in 2005, the Detroit Downtown Partnership.

DDP Centennial Celebration

Centennial Spotlights

Downtown History (Centennial)

DDP Celebrating 100 Years Serving Detroit 2022

Downtown History (Centennial)

Centennial Celebration (Magazine + Event Presentation)

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Downtown History (Centennial)

Downtown Density 1925-2020

DDP Centennial: 100 years of Population Data By Joshua Long, Data Program Director The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) is marking its 100-year anniversary this year. In 1922, the first version . . .

Downtown History (Centennial)

DDP Centennial: The Mayors

The Mayors The Downtown Detroit Partnership has a strong history of working closely with city, county and state government officials to support the Downtown in many factions. Here at the . . .

Downtown History (Centennial)

DDP Centennial: How It All Began

In 1922, Oscar Webber of J. L. Hudson Company gathered 13 Detroit businessmen at the Hudson Co. offices to establish the Business Property Association — today’s Downtown Detroit Partnership. The . . .

Downtown History (Centennial)

DDP Centennial: Detroit Opera House

Detroit Opera House Also Turns 100 The Detroit Opera House opened in 1922 in the Grand Circus Park Historic District. The 3,500-seat auditorium, designed by renowned architect C. Howard Crane, . . .

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