It's Official: Detroit Is A "Cool Kids" Destination
May 21st, 2012, 6:41 AM
Salon, the Internet magazine, has officially jumped on the Detroit bandwagon.
It says the Rust Belt is rocking, and mentions specifically Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
According to a recent analysis, Salon reports, the population of downtown Cleveland is surging, doubling in the past 20 years. What’s more, the majority of the growth occurred in the 22-to-34-year-old demo, those coveted “knowledge economy” workers for whom every city is competing.
Pittsburgh, too, has unexpectedly reversed its out-migration of young people. The number of 18-to-24-year-olds was declining there until 2000, but has since climbed by 16 percent. St. Louis attracted more young people than it lost in each of the past three years.
And as a mountain of “Viva Detroit!” news stories have made clear, Motor City is now the official cool-kids destination, adding thousands of young artists, entrepreneurs and urban farmers even as its general population evaporates.