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DETROIT-Outgoing Mayor Dennis Archer is turning to law in a new career move. He becomes chairman and an equity-owner of locally based Dickinson Wright PLLC on Jan. 1 when he will be replaced as the city’s chief elected officer by Kwame Kilpatrick.

After eight years on the job, Archer decided not to run another term, he said at a recent news conference. Archer is credited with bringing much development to Downtown.

Major supermarket, drugstore and discount chains such as Kmart, Kroger, Rite Aid and CVS have returned to the city. Detroit’s Empowerment Zone has attracted $6 billion in new development to the most distressed industrial areas and neighborhoods and created more than 10,000 new jobs and 1,500 new residential units, Archer recalled.

By year’s end, the city will have demolished nearly 18,000 abandoned homes in Detroit neighborhoods at a pace of more than 2,000 demolitions each year since 1996.

The new Detroit Tigers Comerica Park, Detroit Lions Ford Field, DaimlerChrysler’s Mack I and II engine plants, renovation of General Motors World Headquarters at Renaissance Center, the ongoing construction of Compuware World headquarters, and the opening of three interim casinos are some of the development highlights during Archer’s term in office. Because of Archer’s efforts, the 2006 Super Bowl will be played in Detroit at Ford Field.

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