Around the turn of the century, dozens of buildings with architectural significance in Detroit became vacant. So many, in fact, that it seemed unlikely that a meaningful number would ever be brought back to life.
That of course is changing. Yes, Detroit has demolished its share of buildings and had planned redevelopments stall. But more often of late, buildings have been redeveloped and ambitious projects are moving forward. Some of these seemed incredibly unlikely just a few years ago.
But there’s still plenty of dormant buildings around town awaiting life. Here are the ones we’d most like to see redeveloped.
We’ve tried to stick to plans that either haven’t been announced publicly or which we’re skeptical about. Readers probably won’t be surprised to know that many of these buildings are owned by the Ilitches, the family that also owns Little Caesars Pizza, the Detroit Red Wings and Tigers, and recently built Little Caesars Arena.
Which ones did we miss? Leave a comment below and maybe we’ll include it in the next update.
Note: Buildings are listed geographically from west to east.
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