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This intact portion of the original 1805–1807 Woodward plan includes triangular-shaped Harmonie Park and Madison Avenue, a street radiating out from Grand Circus Park ( WN27). The area was settled by Germans. In 2007 Detroit's Downtown Development Authority agreed to purchase a section of Harmonie Park for conversion into an African American cultural district named Paradise Valley Business and Entertainment District after the nearby Black Bottom/Paradise Valley was demolished for the construction of the Chrysler Freeway (I-375). Rising rents, failed investments, and competition from other renovations had thwarted efforts of the Detroit Renaissance in the 1980s to redevelop the area into an arts and entertainment center linked with Grand Circus Park and Greektown.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert

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