Articles in: DDP News and Insights

Fellowships draw young talent to Detroit, with hopes they will stay

May 15, 2014

 At the Downtown Detroit Partnership civic group, Eric Wilson, 42, an urban planner and yet another Revitalization fellow, helped shepherd the successful campaign to persuade downtown property owners to create a businessimprovement zone.

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Roger Penske: Belle Isle changes bode well for Grand Prix

May 7, 2014

(Detroit Free Press) Roger Penske has been itching for the sun to start shining and Belle Isle to dry out, so crews can speed up preparations for the May 30-June 1 auto racing weekend that he expects will be the best the city has hosted since he revived the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in 2007.

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Downtown Detroit Property Owners Approve Business Improvement Zone Catalyzing Downtown Revitalization

April 16, 2014

Detroit – It was announced, today, that Downtown Detroit property owners have voted to create a Business Improvement Zone (BIZ), passing with 86% approval. The announcement came from the Downtown Detroit Partnership, which has been working with property owners to usher the Downtown Detroit BIZ through the legislative process. “The fact that City Council voted unanimously to approve the Downtown Detroit Business Improvement Zone is one more example of the growing partnership we have in city government today,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “This BIZ is a huge win for Detroit and shows how strong collaboration between the business and civic communities and elected officials can make a real difference in our city.” BIZ funds will support supplemental litter control and landscaping initiatives, plus new safety/ hospitality ambassadors and marketing programs. The Downtown Detroit BIZ includes 230 commercial property owners and will generate an estimated four million dollars annually, making it the largest district of its kind in Michigan. Downtown Detroit now joins the ranks of other major American cities that use similar programs to ensure high-quality urban environments. The BIZ includes the area inside of the three freeways that perimeter Downtown: M-10, I-375 and I-75, and the Detroit River. “The…

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September 17, 2013

The Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) today announced it is bringing more placemaking to the city’s urban core, including a new basketball court that will open this week in Cadillac Square at Campus Martius Park, located just north of the First National Building. “Placemaking is all about creating and activating key locations in the urban core for people to participate and engage in,” said Bob Gregory, Senior Vice President, DDP. “A basketball court in Cadillac Square is yet another way to connect people of all ages to the energy that is vibrating throughout our downtown area.” DDP’s placemaking efforts drew crowds throughout downtown Detroit this summer during concerts and events in the parks, at food vendors in Cadillac Square and at the Beach at Campus Martius Park. Recent placemaking additions include renovated fountains and new gathering spaces in Grand Circus Park and a life-size chess board at the corner of Woodward and Michigan Avenue where visitors can enjoy a game between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Food vendors at Cadillac Square will continue to serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday, October 11. The basketball court, located in Cadillac Square between Woodward and Bates, will be open…

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