Line Connects ‘Economic Development Dots’

MSF-supported projects line Woodward Avenue corridor in Detroit, offer testament to city’s promising future


LANSING, Mich. – In economic development parlance, Friday’s public opening of the QLine in downtown Detroit is a compelling case of connecting the dots.

Along Woodward Avenue from New Center through Midtown to the bustling entertainment and financial districts, the streetcar-on-rails will deliver (over 12 strategically located stops) the most vital of all ingredients to the resurgence of the state’s largest urban center – people. And, there’s no mistaking people are coming to the city as tourists, visitors and residents at a rate not seen since the 1950s.

“The QLine allows for efficient and affordable transportation at a historic time when new businesses, residential buildings and entertainment options are unfolding continually in Detroit,” said Steve Arwood, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing arm that administers programs and conducts due diligence on behalf of the Michigan Strategic Fund.More