Detroit’s downtown rebounds, but neighborhoods lag behind

FILE - The skyline of the city of Detroit is seen from the west in a Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 file photo. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT (AP) — The return of professional basketball to downtown Detroit adds another piece to the city’s fast-paced economic rebound two years out of bankruptcy, but some say all neighborhoods have to share in the turnaround.

The Pistons are expected to start next season at Little Caesars Arena, which is the centerpiece of a coming 50-block entertainment district in a part of downtown that’s already nearly at capacity with new residents and new businesses.

The Pistons’ move from suburban Auburn Hills includes a component that guarantees Detroit residents will be hired to help build a practice facility.

Detroit has a higher share of impoverished residents and a lower median income than the U.S. average.

Mayor Mike Duggan has started a number of programs to bring improvements and opportunities to neighborhoods outside of downtown.