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Curbed Cup Elite Eight: (3) Downtown vs. (6) University District

Which neighborhood should advance to the Final Four?

Michelle & Chris Gerard

(3) Downtown

Where do we even start? Downtown Detroit is in the middle of a construction and renovation boom, which should increase when we know what exactly will be done with the Hudson’s site. New micro-apartments will be open next year, The Griswold will open in January, new retail has opened along Woodward (with more soon we anticipate), and the QLINE is ready to roll in the spring. Capitol Park looks different every day. Dan Gilbert has been talking about the need for more office space and residential downtown...will he be open to more outside the downtown area soon? Did we mention an unfinished condo sold for $1.2 million this year?

(6) University District

It seems like every other week, we’ve seen houses flipped in the University District, a strong community with beautiful housing stock. We’ve also seen new restaurants opening along the Avenue of Fashion, new bike lanes along Livernois, and increased efforts in revitalization in the surrounding areas. Why is this such a great neighborhood? Here’s one reader comment: “University District is my favorite neighborhood! The homes are beautiful, the neighbors truly care about you, we've been seeing a lot of beautiful renovations popping up over the last summer and Livernois is improving and growing all the time especially with the new Live6 Detroit initiative there!”