Detroit has a gritty history and reputation that contrasts with the influential role it has played in the automotive and music industries. Founded in 1701 as a trading post, Detroit didn’t explode until Henry Ford and colleagues moved their automobile manufacturing there in the early 20th Century. The rise of industry coincided with the development ... Read more
of huge ghettos, which brought destructive rioting in 1967 that damaged the city’s image, not to mention the lives of the residents. That aspect of Detroit has been smoothed over with a resurgent cultural scene, including a billion dollar downtown development effort, plenty of festivals and clubs to check out downtown, and a great art museum. It’s sometimes said that times of strife create great art, and Detroit is a great example, having incubated Motown music and today being a center of modern rock and techno.
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Houston, Texas, USA

Detroit is definitely up and coming, although I'm not sure how fast. It's an interesting place to explore, since there is nightlife but also much abandonment.

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Woodbridge

This is my hometown. The downtown area is perfect for nightlife. Go to the Riverwalk and just sit by the water. The rest of the city has really good food. History... There's a lot.

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Brooklyn, New York State, USA

Walking the streets of Detroit I saw this train which looked more like a tram with only two cars, people were friendly as we walked around, I liked the lively and music in atmosphere!!

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

This city is doing its best to make a comeback and it's an admirable effort. Plenty of hip places to eat, drink and play downtown. A value city to explore during this transition period.

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My home. I have been around the world. I" ve been in Europe, south American, the Philippines,.But when I come back home, there is no place like Detroit

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Alhambra, California, USA

Yesterday friday night ,we arrived in Detroit, we spend the Saturday morning visiting the G M automotive design center building (designed in 1953 by Eero Saarinen furnished with original Knoll furnitures), where of my friend Vivien is working, where any pictures are allowed, Top secret place!
The afternoon ,we visited the famous Fisher Building's, where my friend asked the doorman to allow us to go to upstairs to take a pictures and fews time after, this great guys give to him 2 free tickets for the baseball match Detroit Tigers VS Minnesota Twins of tonight! We really enjoy the American show!
A Sunday morning walking at Grosse Pointe Farm Marina Lake Saint Clair with Indian summer weather....♡.
The day after, The Henry Ford museum, a nice retrospective of American way of Art, Design and Engineering! :-)
Detroit, this city is incredibly booming right now! After bankruptcy, facing past and his next futur.....

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London, UK

What a fascinating city. If you want to see some of the 'real' America (as opposed to the sanitised theme parks, or the unrepresentative New York City or Las Vegas), go to Detroit. Warning though - the city is not a place for the average family tourist. You need to plan in advance. But if you put the work in, you'll find a vibrant and fascinating place full of history. For those who find politics and urban decay interesting - and for artists, photographers and trendsters - Detroit is a must-visit. The rise and fall of the industrial capital of America is fascinating, and there is some true beauty to be found among the decay. The art and music scene (live or electronic) is superb.

You should also take time to make trips up to the suburbs - a trip up Woodward Avenue will sort that: stop off in Ferndale, the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak and Birmingham. You should also head east from downtown, along the river, and visit Grosse Pointe.

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Schenectady, New York State, USA

Detroit is a large city that has many historic site and museums to visit. Disability access is limited to the activities you choose. Disability parking is various within the different sites you visit. You will need at least 3 days to visit the area.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Detroit has seen better days. Downtown is a mix of burnt out war zone and fantastic new development. The new Tiger stadium is nice, there's a good opera house, and the waterfront is decent. The airport outside of town makes for a nice layover.

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Fort Worth, Texas

I really didn't care for the lakefront area. We walked around but most of it is just a lot of tall buildings and nice architecture. Didn't really see any stores or restaurants just businesses. We must have been in the wrong area.

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