July 16, 2012 – Good News! “Detroit’s Corktown area finds life after Tiger Stadium”
- By Michael Martinez
- The Detroit News
Cast off as dead when the Tigers left for Comerica Park a decade ago, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood — Corktown — is experiencing a resurgence, thanks to an influx of young entrepreneurs and new residents.
In the past 18 months, seven businesses, including restaurants, a hostel, a coffee shop and a cocktail bar, have opened along a neglected stretch of Michigan Avenue. Other ventures are in the works, and neighborhood stalwarts like Nemo’s, a popular sports bar, are helping the revitalization with plans to expand or launch businesses.
“People thought Corktown would die after Tiger Stadium left,” said Dennis Fulton, co-owner of the Mercury Burger and Bar, which opened in March at the corner of Michigan and 14th Street. “It’s been quite the opposite. There’s a real young, hip crowd moving in creating a great mix of the old and new.”
The buzz about new businesses, along with incentives to encourage downtown workers to live in some city neighborhoods, are luring residents to the area settled by Irish immigrants who arrived here from County Cork in the mid-19th century. The rental market is white hot. While the neighborhood west of downtown has been on the verge of a comeback in the past, the latest effort seems to have more momentum, with many new businesses working collaboratively to create an eclectic mix of shops and eateries.
“This is maybe the first model of locally owned businesses that are diverse in every way possible,” said Phillip Cooley, an owner of the popular Slows Bar B Q, who has encouraged and worked with others to set up shop in Corktown. Slows, which opened in 2005, has been a catalyst in the redevelopment, drawing lots of local and national attention, and enticing suburbanites back to Corktown.
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From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120716/BIZ/207160323#ixzz20nW4MI6f