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The Dig is Detour Detroit’s home for real estate, housing and development dirt. The Dig is bringing you stories, analysis and how-to guides about the built environment across Detroit’s 143 square miles. Sign up for The Dig newsletter, launching Fall 2020, to make sure you never miss a story.

Take a trip back in time for the story of Asian Village -- an early New Detroit success story that ultimately crashed and burned in spectacular fashion. It’s a tale of miso-fueled egos, corruption busts and $30 glasses of whiskey.
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As everyone holds their breaths waiting to hear Ford’s plans, a townhouse development may seem like small potatoes. But it’s giving us some insight into the future tensions Ford could face in a neighborhood where the smallest changes are scrutinized -- and how the automaker might win over Corktown.
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An aquarium along the river -- an idea floated by the Detroit Zoo last week -- seems like an obvious addition to the cultural landscape, one that could boost downtown’s pull for tourists and families. Even Dan Gilbert seems excited. Problem is, the ratio of hype to details is about 10 to one.
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