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A 40-Year Transformation for Detroit's RiverWalk

Since the mid-1970s, Detroit’s riverfront has been transforming from a depressed industrial area into a bustling district for families and businesses.
July 1, 2012, 7am PDT | Akemi Leung
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John Gallagher and Zlati Meyer report on the success of RiverWalk, after forty years in the works:

"Planners say the riverfront eventually will offer economic as well as recreational opportunities. As the housing market recovers, city officials and developers look forward to the construction of hundreds or even thousands of upscale condos and rental apartments and retail stores, investments that could total in the hundreds of millions of dollars."

The job is clearly not complete: Gallagher and Meyer found gaps on the RiverWalk that still need to be filled, include stalled plans for condos, apartments, and retail spaces and parks that need to be rebuilt.

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Published on Sunday, June 24, 2012 in Detroit Free Press
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