Suburban Detroit Builds Up, Not Out

The suburban Detroit town of Wixom is looking to lure in residents by creating dense downtown living.

"In an area along Pontiac Trail, there is a cluster of townhouses, condos and a commercial building."

"The structures are stacked in two and three stories, with parking on the streets behind them."

"This is Wixom's answer to luring people downtown and reducing a half century of sprawl in southeastern Michigan."

"'It's locating density in an attractive place where people want to live,' said Jim Clarke, president of Robertson Brothers in Bloomfield Hills, which has worked on the first phase of a $210-million project with developer Larry Cohen. The second phase of development is set to kick off this year."

Full Story: Wixom building up, not out, to handle growth

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