City of Milwaukee Development

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It was not long ago that the national narrative surrounding Detroit was overwhelmingly - almost universally - negative.  The city was bankrupt, the school system had failed, the downtown core was practically emptied.

But things have begun to improve, led by creative entrepreneurs and others who see Detroit as something of a blank slate.  One of the key people involved in that effort is James Feagin, through his work as a consultant with the nonprofit Detroit Economic Growth Corporation.

The new 32-story office tower Northwestern Mutual plans to build in downtown Milwaukee, will be just one change to the landscape.