Tech Town (Detroit)

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TechTown is an urban research and technology business park located just north of the Edsel Ford Freeway (I-94) in the New Center area of Detroit. The organization defines itself as "a community of entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, service providers and corporate partners creating an internationally recognized entrepreneurial village in the city of Detroit. [1] TechTown is part of the Wayne State University system. [2]


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The 12 block, 43-acre (170,000 m2) park is located on the border of two of Detroit's most vibrant districts - Midtown and New Center. Located near the first US automobile production facilities, TechTown's surroundings have a great deal of automotive heritage. The Ford Piquette Plant - which churned out the first Model T - is a few blocks east of the research park.

The New Center area is anchored by the Henry Ford Health System. There's Cadillac Place (General Motors Building), and the ornate Fisher Building, which contains the elaborate 2,089 seat Fisher Theatre, both of which are National Historic Landmarks in New Center.

Midtown offers the most impressive cultural offerings in the region, with the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Science Center, Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright African American Museum, and Detroit's Main Library Branch clustered together. Nestled within this area is also one of America's premier urban research institutions - Wayne State University.

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