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The Heart of Greektown

A Modern Relic, Detroit's Greektown District is the last reminder of bygone days. Still bustling amid the near demise of the entire downtown area, it offers a glimpse of how early to mid 20th Century Detroit looked.

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 Greektown 

When downtown Detroit collapsed in the seventies, an area on its east side containing a cluster of businesses owned by vigorous Greek immigrant businesspeople survived.

A closely knit community of Greek coffee houses, restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores gave this area a flavor that the increasingly homogenized metro Detroit society craved.

The inevitable happened when it suddenly became chic in the 1980's.  Many of the charming establishments were bought out and replaced by flashy and trendy stores and boutiques.

Still, a scent of the old Greektown has lingered and it remains the only consistently vibrant night life and street life area in downtown Detroit.

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