Do facade improvement programs help revitalize depressed commercial areas? Visit this facade improvement program page in Detroit for some before and after shots of some improvements near the Mexicantown area. Here are some samples:
What do you think? Is this a chicken or egg type of question, or can depressed areas just clean up their facades and expect shoppers to come in and throw down their dollars? It seems like this is rather simplistic - there has to be some changes going on, demographic or otherwise, that are bringing people in or near depressed commercial districts.