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Detroit – Downtown’s Renewed Energy

Image: Along the Detroit Riverfront – Downtown

Renewed Energy Downtown

© Becky Linhardt 2010

 Downtown Detroit is changing for the better and paying attention to the great buildings that are part of its heritage.  There are new developments and parks along the riverfront.  Crime in downtown is way, way down and with the new people mover and pedestrian friendly streetscape, visiting downtown is fun again.

 What’s Special

Detroit’s People Mover

The “People Mover” monorail that now connects the Foxtown cq area theaters, Comerica Park, Ford Field, the Greektown Casino and the exciting new Riverwalk encircles a group of historic downtown buildings, including the Guardian Building with its interior decorative tiles by Cincinnati’s famous Rookwood Pottery and the newly renovated Book Cadillac.

Greektown – Casino +

Greektown has some great restaurants and bars as well as the casino – many an easy walk from sports venues and it’s on the “People Mover” loop for easy access.

Sports

Comerica Park and Ford Field are also on the “People Mover” loop.  Baseball, Hockey, even some NCAA Basketball games add extra excitement downtown.

Doing a pub crawl or historic tour

“There are over 120 bars and restaurants within the one-square mile of downtown and with a crime rate now 37% less than the national average, we feel very comfortable offering pub crawl tours, as well as historic walking and biking tours” said Jeanette Pierce of Inside Detroit Tours. 

Detroit International Riverfront

Wide sidewalks for biking and jogging, stages for performances, an impressive and heart-felt bronze statue that expresses the feelings of African-American slaves gazing out across the swift flowing St. Clair River to freedom in Canada.  The new series of parks along the river are now a focal point for events as well as quiet strolls.  Kids love to watch the big ocean-going freighters as they pass.

Westin Book-Cadillac

The 32-floor Book Cadillac has been a landmark in Detroit since 1924. The nearly $200 million dollar, two year renovation of the Book Cadillac required retrofitting the hotel to contemporary standards – larger guest rooms and baths, 42”Plasma TVs, laptop safes, wireless internet, etc.  Though the new décor is mostly contemporary, there was an inspired decision to recreate the feel of the original building in public spaces on the 4th Floor by restoring the Venetian and Crystal Ballrooms and the Italian Garden. Talk about a WOW factor!

Roast

Iron Chef Michael Symon’s cq newest restaurant, Roast, on street level along Washington Blvd. within the Westin Book-Cadillac and provides the 24-hour in-room dining service for the hotel

The theaters

Detroit has the second largest theater district in the country with over 13,000 theater seats in just a two block radius. Check out the performances listed for the venerable Fox Theatre in the Foxtown Theater District.

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

Ethnic communities, art museums, a science museum for kids, automotive history, architectural history, Motown Music Museum and a very active contemporary music scene – the Detroit web site lists even more activities to match your interests. And, Detroit has a special consultant to help people organize family reunions in downtown or near the family’s old neighborhood.

 Detroit area events and attractions:  800-338-7648 cq or www.visitdetroit.com

Room Reservations/Information: 313-442-1600 cq or www.westin.com/bookcadillac

City tours:  313-268-6562 or www.insidedetroit.org

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