My recent visit to the Motor City was a lot of things for me, emotional in different ways. I confronted difficult family situations, primarily the decline of my grandmother (who will turn 96 in September). But it certainly wasn’t all sad. I had some good visits with her. I spent a wonderful day with my sister-in-law in Ann Arbor, and had a lovely evening with my aunt as well. I got to attend our longtime friends July 4th party and had a blast, even though the police shut down the annual fireworks extravaganza! (No pun intended.) Not to mention my Partner in Crime, my mom–we always find the fun, even in the most mundane things!
Mom and I spent some quality time in The D this trip, and boy, was I happy—thrilled really—to see the work happening in my old hometown! Beyond the physical improvements, the new light rail going in on Woodward Avenue, the new Red Wings arena and so many buildings being repaired and improved, it was exciting to see people out enjoying the city! That may sound odd to people from other regions, but it’s a big deal for a city where, in the recent past, if there wasn’t a pro game or concert event happening—well, there just wasn’t much happening!
I made several trips into the city on this visit, so here’s a sampling of the sites for you to take in—Detroit Comeback City!
Me and my grandma.
The Flag Pole still intact at the former site of Tiger Stadium, and Brooks Lumber still in business on Trumbull Avenue!
I used to eat lunch here all the time when it was Hoot’s! Tiger Stadium was right across the street. I love the new name and look!
Some fantastic Victorian homes in Corktown!
Quaint Victorian workers cottage.
Last time I saw the Workers Row House–a rare surviving example of downscale multi-family housing from the 1850’s–it was mothballed, waiting to be revived. Voila!
Formerly a backup warehouse for Tigers merchandise, it had no windows. Now it’s the hipper-than-me Eldorado General Store–beautiful!
Italian dining and bocce ball in Corktown!
She FINALLY got new windows! What’s next?…
I just love this and had to include it!
Adaptive reuse comes to the firehouse across from Cobo Hall.
A fitness blogger films a workout in the doorway of this building by Wirt Rowland, architect of the Guardian Building.
Streetside dining in full force!
Burn calories while you drink! They were having FUN!
One of the People Mover cars pulls into the Greektown Station. It’s an elevated loop through the city.
The new home of the Red Wings is underway. I refuse to call it Little Caesars Arena.
The Ransom Gillis House–gorgeous thanks to HGTV’s Nicole Curtis, the Rehab Addict!
Ransom Gillis from Brush Street.
Mothballed and eagerly awaiting rebirth in Brush Park.