Detroit's Future

By 2040, Detroit will be bigger, more urban, older, and whiter predicts a report from the New Urban Institute that looks at trends, challenges, and assets of the Michigan city.

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August 4, 2017, 1:00 PM PDT

By Casey Brazeal @northandclark


Downtown Detroit

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Fifty years ago, Detroit saw riots and uprisings that caused the National Guard to be called in. A report from the New Urban Institute looks at what the city may look like in the future. "The Motor City has been rebounding—slowly and unevenly, for sure—but rebounding nonetheless. The question now is: what direction are the city and its surrounding areas headed in now?" Tanvi Misra asks in CityLab.

According to work done by the New Urban Institute, the city will be aging (like the country overall). It will grow fastest within the city limits and the white population growth will be the largest in terms of raw numbers. "While households of other racial groups will grow at faster rates, whites will remain the biggest group in the region," Misra reports.

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