Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority is moving forward with redevelopment plans of the area also known as Harmonie Park.

Largely an urban revitalization project, the group hopes to create an entertainment and cultural district in the neighborhood surrounding a small park and open space.  Initially, sidewalks, curbs, and lighting will be replaced in anticipation of future building renovation and development.

The plan is quite extensive and promises to restore what was once a culturally rich part of Detroit.  An article in Crain’s actually includes some plans and a rendering of the proposed district.

Detroit DDA OKs Funds for Paradise Valley Project [ via Crain’s Detroit ]

If you’re unfamiliar with the history of this area, check out this great article from the Detroit News Archives:

Paradise Valley and Black Bottom [ via Detroit News ]

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