How Three Metro Detroit Communities are Turning Commercial Districts into New Downtowns

Excerpt: When one thinks of downtowns in metro Detroit, the cities of Ferndale, Royal Oak or Birmingham may immediately come to mind. This is probably due to those areas having a traditional downtown, in which there is a main street lined with bars, restaurants and quaint shops that attract residents and visitors alike.

However, several communities without such intact historic centers are hoping their commercial areas will become the next downtown destinations for Metro Detroiters.

Metromode takes a look at how three Oakland County cities–Auburn Hills, Troy, and Wixom–are creating initiatives to develop more business and housing opportunities, as well as walkability those who want to live and work in these downtown areas.

Read more.