Detroit


Population

2010: 713,777, #18 in U.S., #1 in Michigan

1950: 1,849,568, #5 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 4,296,250, #12 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 3,016,197, #5 in U.S.

Setting

Detroit is across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario. It was founded by the French in 1701, and was incorporated as a town in the United States in 1802. Belle Isle Park, in the river, is connected to the city by a bridge. There are parks and a RiverWalk along the river, as well as riverboat cruises.

Buildings

Tallest building: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center (1977), 727 feet

List of tallest buildings

Stores

Detroit has no downtown department stores. The flagship Hudson’s department store was closed in 1983 and demolished in 1998. At one time, it claimed to be the tallest department store in the world (439 feet) and the second largest department store in the U.S., after Macy’s in New York City.

Trains

Amtrak's Wolverine goes west from Detroit to Chicago and north to Pontiac, Michigan. Amtrak uses a small, new (1988) station located in the New Center area, about three miles north of downtown. The huge old Michigan Central Station (1913), about two miles west of downtown, is empty.

The Detroit People Mover, which opened in 1987, covers a three-mile, aboveground route downtown.

The QLine Streetcar opened in May 2017. It travels 3.3 miles on Woodward Avenue, between downtown and New Center.

Museums

The museum district, about two miles north of downtown, includes the Institute of Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit Historical Museum, Michigan Science Center, and Museum of African-American History.




Detroit and Detroit River
(Photo by Shawn Wilson)

Theaters

The Ren Cen 4 Theatre, in the Renaissance Center, closed in 2015. Detroit has several former movie palaces, including the restored Fox Theater (1928), which was the second largest movie theater in the country (after Radio City Music Hall in New York City). It now has concerts and touring Broadway shows.

The Detroit Opera House (former Capitol Theater, 1922) hosts the Michigan Opera Theatre and concerts. The Fillmore Detroit (former State Theater, 1925) now has concerts. The Gem and Colony Theatres are also downtown.

The Fisher Theatre (1928), north of downtown, has touring Broadway shows. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays at Orchestra Hall (1919), north of downtown.

Sports

The Detroit Tigers of the American League play at Comerica Park (2000). The NHL Detroit Red Wings play at Joe Louis Arena (1979). The NFL Detroit Lions play at Ford Field (2002). The NBA Detroit Pistons play at The Palace of Auburn Hills (1988) in the suburb of Auburn Hills. The Red Wings and Pistons are scheduled to move into downtown's Little Caesars Arena in September 2012.

Map of Downtown Detroit

DowntownDetroit.org

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Detroit Architecture