Suburban Detroit Builds Up, Not Out

<p>The suburban Detroit town of Wixom is looking to lure in residents by creating dense downtown living.</p>
March 18, 2008, 5am PDT | Nate Berg
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"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."

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Published on Monday, March 17, 2008 in The Detroit Free Press
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