Sunday, February 19, 2006

Detroit's Housing Boom

Detroit has long fought the battle of a declining population, so when the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) recently announced that the Motor City came out on top for new residential developments in Southeastern Michigan in 2005, pro-Detroit backers couldn't be happier.

Lofts like these being constructed at the old Grinnell Brothers Piano Warehouse in Corktown, have taken off in the city

And rightly so.

Although Detroit has come close to being the numbero uno in new housing permits in the last few years - the city had 925 in 2004 and 872 in 2003 - this is the first time Detroit has taken the top spot.

It's also the first time in a long time that the D beat-out metro Detroit's current hotbeds of sprawl, Macomb and Canton. The 2005 permits for these outer ring suburbs came in at 814 and 805, respectively.

In 2004, Macomb Township ended the year with 1086 new housing permits. Canton was a close second at 1067.

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