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Broadway Street Revival

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On Broadway

True believers rewarded as an old strip makes a big comeback.

by Ann Mullen

12/3/2003

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The new YMCA, set to open in 2005, should further boost Broadway.

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Broadway's recent revival has drawn new patrons.

Chris and Jim Burnett sit at the bar at the Detroit Beer Co. on Broadway Street in downtown Detroit. The Mount Clemens couple has been to the microbrewery a handful of times since it opened in September. They discovered it during baseball season when looking for a place to grab a bite and a beer near Comerica Park. Though the Tigers are done for the year, the Burnetts still patronize the place; they had a day off last week and drove 20 minutes from home to have lunch among an eclectic crowd of construction workers, businessmen and young folks in leather jackets. The bar is about half-full on this chilly weekday afternoon. But on weekends, the place is often hopping.

Broadway Street merchants have struggled for decades to draw people to the downtown strip. But with the recent openings of the Detroit Beer Co. and other popular businesses, the area is beginning to boom.

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Awesome news! Yeah the city really didn't give a sh!t about anyone in the 70s or 80s... As the guy said, it is sad that it took this long for things to start rolling... But anyway awesome news, one street at a time! :)

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Yea, it's too bad it took this long for the revitalization to begin, but at least it's finally happening - one store at a time, one loft apartment at a time, one street at a time. I look forward to seeing Detroit in 10 years....it will be a very different place :).

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Great News I'm really happy bout all the projects Detroit has going on I'm really happy to see that Detorit is coming back stronger than ever. Great News!!!! thanks Allan

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