7.2 SQ MI: New report released on the Greater Downtown Detroit area

The Hudson-Webber Foundation recently released a new report, “7.2 SQ MI”, which focuses on the data story of Greater Downtown Detroit, a 7.2 square mile collection of neighborhoods: Downtown, Midtown, New Center, Woodbridge, Eastern Market, Lafayette Park, Rivertown and Corktown. The report was prepared with the assistance of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, Invest Detroit, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Midtown Detroit Inc., and D:hive.  Data Driven Detroit (D3) was the data partner.


D3 is pleased to have played a role in the development of the report.  Representing the culmination of months of work, the report combines secondary data sources that track demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the population with primary data collection on rental vacancies and rates, pedestrian counts, business counts and much, much more.  The ultimate importance of this document is that it represents the first time that a collaboration of organizations came together to tell the story of Greater Downtown Detroit.  For too long other cities have trumpeted their downtowns with reports that represented a common voice and a common vision.  Detroit had never had such a document, until now.  We have set benchmarks that we will be able to revisit, update, improve and expand upon in the years to come.


Photo Courtesy of Salam Zahr, Salam Zahr Photographer

“7.2 SQ MI” is the first report of its kind to offer insight into the changes occurring in these areas. The data used to support the report provides “current information about residing, working, employing, visiting, living, playing and investing in Greater Downtown.” The data has set a baseline for measurement and the organizations involved intend to update “7.2 SQ MI” to understand future progress and provide information for investments. The website also links to the Flickr stream of Greater Downtown Detroit, where photos of the reported 7.2 square miles are available for download.