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Detroit's downtown rebounds, but neighborhoods lag behind

tyler scott
Michigan Radio
The Detroit Pistons announced their move back downtown last week. Seated left to right, Detroit Mayor Mike Dugan, Illitch Holdings CEO Chris Illitch, Pistons owner Tom Gores, NBA commissioner Adam Silver

DETROIT (AP) - The return of professional basketball to downtown Detroit adds another piece to the city's fast-paced economic rebound two years out of bankruptcy, but some say all neighborhoods have to share in the turnaround.

The Pistons are expected to start next season at Little Caesars Arena, which is the centerpiece of a coming 50-block entertainment district in a part of downtown that's already nearly at capacity with new residents and new businesses.

The Pistons' move from suburban Auburn Hills includes a component that guarantees Detroit residents will be hired to help build a practice facility.

Detroit has a higher share of impoverished residents and a lower median income than the U.S. average.

Mayor Mike Duggan has started a number of programs to bring improvements and opportunities to neighborhoods outside of downtown.

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