As ‘greater downtown’ rises, underground art moves on
Maybe it was when the $863 million Little Caesars Arena opened this fall in the once down-and-out Cass Corridor, or when a downtown penthouse in a formerly blighted building sold for $1.8 million last summer, or when a new steak and caviar joint opened offering a $149 porterhouse this winter in the formerly derelict Capitol Park.
Whenever it was, the era of downtown as a haven for Detroit’s artistic underground is over, say many longtime cultural observers. The rent nowadays is just too high. With the increasing number of crowded office buildings, popular restaurants and residences — some with waiting lists — the amount of underground and experimental performance space and dirt-cheap housing is no longer there.