“We’ve got a hub of activity downtown, between the stadiums and some establishments, restaurants, theaters, clubs,” he said.
Detroit’s downtown began a renaissance period decades ago, and that continues, Abrash said.
“In the middle of the stadium area, there’s a lot of hustle and bustle and a lot of commercial revitalization,” he said.
The city does need to rebuild some of its downtrodden areas, and that will take some time, Abrash said.
“The city limits are vast and spread out, and there’s a lot of blighted neighborhoods, no question. That’s where it’s difficult to get your arms around rebirthing, if you will,” he said.
There are still some people, particularly in exurbs and suburbs, who won’t come downtown to eat, said Brandon Serra, salesman with Detroit-based Serra Produce.
“The area has so much potential,” he said.