DETROIT FREE PRESS: In Greater Downtown Detroit The Black Population Declined While The White Population Increased Between 2000-10

Source: John Gallagher / Detroit Free Press

The makeup of downtown Detroit is more diverse, educated and wealthy than the rest of the city, according to a new report expected to be released this week.

Titled “7.2 Sq Mi” after the square mileage that makes up the greater downtown area, the findings validate in detail what many Detroiters have suspected about all the new residents and workers flocking to the area in recent years.

It is expected to be published Tuesday and shared with investors, developers, city planners and others.

“Things are changing in greater downtown, and we needed to have a baseline of information that accurately depicted things for potential investors,” said Katy Locker, vice president of the Detroit-based Hudson-Webber Foundation, which partnered with Downtown Detroit Partnership, Midtown Detroit Inc., Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and Data Driven Detroit for the study.

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