The east riverfront area of Detroit, an 18.4 square-mile district that stretches from downtown to the border with Grosse Pointe Park, includes an incredibly diverse array of neighborhoods and commercial districts — everything from the stately mansions of Indian Village and the resurgent West Village neighborhood to the canals of Harbor Island and vast swaths of abandoned and blighted urban prairie.
Today, the so-called Lower East Side in the midst of an estimated $53 million in real estate investment, says Josh Elling, the executive director of the nonprofit Jefferson East Inc. Elling joins us on latest episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour Podcast for an afternoon beer and conversation about the long list of exciting projects coming down the pike on the east side.
He even manages to drop a few weird and fascinating bits of trivia about the history of some of Detroit’s most unusual neighborhoods.
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