Best Overlooked Local Story

The redevelopment of downtown

Readers' Choice

Although not for the same category, many of our readers’ answers highlighted the rise of development in downtown as noteworthy. There’s plenty to feel good about: From the thriving Eastern Market to the expanding urban gardening movement our readers pointed out a lot more matters they felt upbeat about than usual — including voter passage of an initiative legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana in the city, and voter support statewide for a publicly owned span across the Detroit River. But most heartening of all, in the eyes of our readers, has been the blossoming of Midtown and downtown, with once-vacant buildings being renovated, and people — many of them young and full of enthusiasm — deciding to make the city their new home.

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