City leaders across the U.S. agree that a strong downtown core is a valuable asset, especially when it comes to attracting young professionals and businesses, according to this article. College-educated 25- to 34-year-olds in major cities' downtown increased by 26% between 2000 and 2010. Many cities are working to revitalize downtown to draw that population. One such city is Detroit, which has a retail and business corridor and light rail in the works.
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