Articles in: Datascape Trends

The COVID-19 Effect on Downtown Visitation

July 23, 2021

By Joshua Long, Data Program Director One of the most common requests for information over the past year is a measure of the demand for Downtown services, retail, hospitality, etc., throughout the pandemic and as we recover. Basically, what everyone wants to know is how has the pandemic affected number of visits to Downtown Detroit and when will we return to normal. Now that we are more than halfway through 2021, we can begin to answer the first question using data. Anonymous location data from smart phone apps is used to determine where those smart phones have visited throughout the day. While just a sample is used to develop these data, statistical methods are applied to make an accurate estimate of the overall population – similar to how Nielsen Holdings Inc. uses a sample of the population to provide insights and data about what people watch on television. In 2019, before COVID-19 hit Detroit, there were between approximately 86,000 and 105,000 daily visits to Downtown Detroit. This number does not include people that work in Downtown or live in Downtown (those people are included in another bucket of data). A public health emergency was declared on March 10, 2020. That…

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Even More Workforce Data

May 20, 2021

To look at workforce trends data over time, one need not look any further than to the Datascape. The Downtown Detroit Datascape breaks down those data in the Metrics on Downtown Detroit (MoDD) tool. Within MoDD, you can find numbers of Downtown workers, where Downtown workers are commuting from, and where there are residential concentrations of Metro area workers.  

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Return to Work Downtown Survey

May 20, 2021

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) Board of Directors represents workers from all the top 10 largest Downtown Detroit employers. The DDP is surveying its board members to help take the pulse and project what in-person work will look like in Downtown Detroit once the pandemic is mitigated, and employees return to their physical offices.

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