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Roots of Revival

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The last several years have seen Midtown flooded with new shops, restaurants, and housing. But the revival might've fizzled if not for the Wayne State Police Department, which made the unusual decision in 2009 to take responsibility for policing the entire neighborhood, not just the WSU campus. It's not some magical beacon of trendiness drawing businesses to open in Midtown, the New York Times reports, but the neighborhood's plummeting crime rates. Major crimes are down 58 percent since 2008. [NYT]