After ten years in the making, the area known as Paradise Valley will see redevelopment over the next few years. It was once a thriving African-American cultural district, until the construction of freeways and urban renewal programs in the 60s destroyed much of Paradise Valley and Black Bottom. This new redevelopment around Harmonie Park will include building on parking lots, a boutique hotel, more restaurants, building additions, and the creation of a cultural conservancy.
We recently sat down with Rainy Hamilton Jr. of Hamilton Anderson Associates, who built his practice in this area and is integral in this phase of redevelopment. He discussed his vision of the area, which would include creating a clean, beautiful, active district with music in the park and people living and working nearby.
Now on the verge of redevelopment, we're mapping out this changing cultural district and we'll update as we get new information. We included areas that were part of the announcement, plus other notable landmarks in the surrounding area.
A map posted by the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation has many of these points listed, plus possible future developments around the area. On the outskirts of Paradise Valley are many, many parking lots that could potentially see development in the future. For this phase of announced developments, it could take about three years.
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- Paradise Valley Redevelopment Announced; Hotel, Retail, Residential Planned [Curbed Detroit]
- Paradise Valley [Detroit Historical Society]
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- Mapping the District Detroit [Curbed Detroit]