live downtown http://michiganradio.org en Despite Detroit's troubles, a number of programs bring recent graduates to the city http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-detroits-troubles-number-programs-bring-recent-graduates-city <p>There seem to be two types of stories emerging from Detroit these days: one bleak and one optimistic.</p><p>Both can be spun wildly out of proportion, but the two – seemingly contradictory – narratives paint the same city in a very different light.</p><p>Detroit’s bankruptcy has garnered attention from around the world – from the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/shortcuts/2013/jul/19/detroit-bankrupt-but-not-the-first-place">U.K.</a> to <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/World-s-auto-capital-Detroit-files-for-bankruptcy/Article1-1094790.aspx">India</a>. The bankruptcy, the underperforming school system, the lack of public services, the high crime, the dysfunctional local governments: they all contribute to the bleak narrative.</p><p>At the same time, there have been a number of reports that have highlighted a more optimistic narrative in the city.</p><p>A recent boom in population and economic activity in Midtown and downtown has completely changed those areas of the city over the last several years.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:31:21 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13693 at http://michiganradio.org Despite Detroit's troubles, a number of programs bring recent graduates to the city Cash incentives have "absorbed" a lot of housing stock in midtown Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/cash-incentives-have-absorbed-lot-housing-stock-midtown-detroit <p>Three Detroit businesses earlier this year began to offer up to $25,000 to encourage their employees to buy a place to live in Midtown Detroit. But the &quot;<a href="http://livemidtown.org/">Live Midtown</a>&quot; incentives have created a new kind of housing crisis in the city: a housing shortage.&nbsp;</p><p>Austin Black is a realtor with <a href="http://citylivingdetroit.com/">City Living Detroit</a> in midtown. He says in 2007 - 2008, the area was flush with unsold units. But he says now many of his clients have become frustrated looking for housing in the area.</p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4027 at http://michiganradio.org Cash incentives have "absorbed" a lot of housing stock in midtown Detroit