People Make It Happen
What's missing from Detroit? People walking down the street!
I've included 2 pictures of Detroit (then & now) that serve as a really great example of what a vibrant city used to look like and now looks like. The Kresge building, once the heart of Detroit's shopping district, was a bustling place. Being vacant for years, it's now starting back up as a shopping center. Only a few businesses have signed up so far:
- 5&10 Bar and Diner
- Anderson & Associates – law office
- Chez Zara – cafe shop (Coming soon)
- Hosiery With Style
- Swirls Cupcakes
The bottom line is that very few people are walking around the city, and that is how I personally define a vibrant atmosphere. When there's a baseball, football, or hockey game, the city is very vibrant as all of the folks from the suburbs descend on the city. But outside of that, it's a pretty desolate place.