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The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

The secrets to reviving struggling downtowns? Taller buildings, narrower streets and on-street parking can help

It was plain to see: The downtown business strip that had so long thrived in Birmingham, Michigan, was struggling. Bob Gibbs, an urban planner and chief executive officer of Birmingham-based Gibbs Planning, pointed to the luxury mall that had opened two miles away and had grabbed the major tenants that had lined downtown Birmingham for years. At the same time, the city had lost 25 percent of its population during the prior decade.

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New life in Detroit: The Scott at Brush Park

New life in Detroit: The Scott at Brush Park

The Scott at Brush Park is an important project for downtown Detroit. The $65 million, 200,000-square-foot five-story mixed-use development will bring 199 new apartment units to the city when it opens later this year. For Todd Sachse, chief executive officer and founder of Detroit-based Sachse Construction, the project is yet more proof that this Midwest city is in the middle of a turnaround.