Although it's a favorite tool of urbanists all over the country—Detroit has taken to adaptive reuse with singular aplomb.

Jeffrey Spivak surveys the effects of adaptive reuse in the city of Detroit, describing the city as a leader in the adaptive reuse of commercial buildings: "It is not just the redevelopment of former Class B or C office spaces into residential lofts, as has happened in so many cities. What is really flourishing in Detroit are innovative and even exotic reuses of long-vacant or historic structures."

After listing some prominent examples and also mentioning the trends reach into other nearby cities, Spivak writes that adaptive reuse is flourishing in Detroit thanks to the city's unique history of population loss and the more recent history of renewed demand for walkability and urban amenities. (via Planetizen)