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    Jun 19, 2012 12:52 PM GMT
    Lions, and Tigers, and Lakes...Oh MI!

    I'll be heading to Mo-Town this week (for a week). I'll be in a conference in the downtown area, but will have lots of time to see the sights. I know that Greektown is on the list.

    What else should I see/do?
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:04 PM GMT
    Gun fights near where Old Comerica was.
  • RSportsguy

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    Jun 19, 2012 1:08 PM GMT
    The Tigers are in town for Tuesday and Wednesday nights and Thursday afternoon against St Louis.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidGun fights near where Old Comerica was.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    Unfortunately UM college sports are finished, that would be my first recommendation. But, if you still want to travel 45 minutes west to Ann Arbor we have nice canoe liveries, museums, parks, microbrews, off course great restaurants, civic theaters, Ann Arbor Summer Festival June 15th-July 8th (shows, music and more for free or cost), and the arts.

    I stay out of Detroit for a number of reasons. So not much help there.
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    Jun 19, 2012 1:55 PM GMT
    blackhawksfan saidUnfortunately UM college sports are finished, that would be my first recommendation. But, if you still want to travel 45 minutes west to Ann Arbor we have nice canoe liveries, museums, parks, microbrews, off course great restaurants, civic theaters, Ann Arbor Summer Festival June 15th-July 8th (shows, music and more for free or cost), and the arts.

    I stay out of Detroit for a number of reasons. So not much help there.


    I second Ann Arbor. It's just a short drive away and the Summer Festival kicks ass. Also kayaking on the Huron River.
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    A, ancestral hometown for me... been there once... did not like it... my whole family moved away from that city too...


    Edit: interesting factoid: Detroit is one of few places that borders canada to its North.... otherwise, the mast vajority of canada's border lies to its south.

    Even funnier when I told a guy from Vancouver that my family came from an area "north of Canada" and he looked surprised. I said "they were from Detroit".. and he said "no, thats South of Canada"..

    He was maybe in his 70's, so I just said nothing lol
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    CrankyMcBadass said
    GreenHopper saidA, ancestral hometown for me... been there once... did not like it... my whole family moved away from that city too...


    Edit: interesting factoid: Detroit is one of few places that borders canada to its North.... otherwise, the mast vajority of canada's border lies to its south.

    Even funnier when I told a guy from Vancouver that my family came from an area "north of Canada" and he looked surprised. I said "they were from Detroit".. and he said "no, thats South of Canada"..

    He was maybe in his 70's, so I just said nothing lol

    Growing up there, it was always a trick question on geography tests: "What is the compass direction from Detroit to Windsor?" Most kids got it wrong.


    O you're from there too? Small world.. you might have seen my family play haha... they were motown jazz musicians....

    this is why i moved to north America... for the music scene haha... sometimes genes are strong lol
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:38 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidLions, and Tigers, and Lakes...Oh MI!

    I'll be heading to Mo-Town this week (for a week). I'll be in a conference in the downtown area, but will have lots of time to see the sights. I know that Greektown is on the list.

    What else should I see/do?

    OMG! It's like bombed out Dresden! I've never seen buildings in such delapidated state! It's so odd to see buildings with beautiful facades sticking up and decay all around. I couldn't believe it is a city in America. I think a coffee table book ... The Facades of Detroit would be great. Just crop the photos so nothing but the front of the buildings show. Haha

    And what's with those big stone churches? ...they look like mini cathedrals.

    You won't have trouble driving around...there's no traffic. It's like a ghost town.
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:39 PM GMT
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    GAMRican saidLions, and Tigers, and Lakes...Oh MI!

    I'll be heading to Mo-Town this week (for a week). I'll be in a conference in the downtown area, but will have lots of time to see the sights. I know that Greektown is on the list.

    What else should I see/do?

    OMG! It's like bombed out Dresden! I've never seen buildings in such delapidated state! You won't have trouble driving around...there's no traffic. It's like a ghost town. It's so odd to see buildings with beautiful facades* sticking up and decay all around. I couldn't believe it is a city in America.

    *I do think a coffee table book ... The Facades of Detroit would be great. Just crip the photos so nothing but the front of the buildings show. Haha

    And what's with those big stone churches? ...they look like mini cathedrals.


    It basically IS a ghost town... thats how I see the future in a lot of places though
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:42 PM GMT
    Has the city gone into receivership with the state yet?
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    Jun 19, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    Royal Oak is a nice area. Gay friendly pubs mixed in with indie art galleries, bistros and music venues. Not a 'gayborhood' but very 'live and let live'....you will see everything from biker gangs to yuppies to goths to club kids.
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    Jun 19, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    May sound dumb but I was there for the NCAA Final Four a few years back and found the Henry Ford Museum very interesting and fun.
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    Jun 19, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    blackhawksfan saidUnfortunately UM college sports are finished, that would be my first recommendation. But, if you still want to travel 45 minutes west to Ann Arbor we have nice canoe liveries, museums, parks, microbrews, off course great restaurants, civic theaters, Ann Arbor Summer Festival June 15th-July 8th (shows, music and more for free or cost), and the arts.

    I stay out of Detroit for a number of reasons. So not much help there.



    Boo Ann Arbor.

    It is a nice city though. I visited couple weeks ago. First time there.
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    Jun 19, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    msuNtx saidGun fights near where Old Comerica was.


    By that you mean Tiger Stadium...
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    Jun 19, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    Old Woodward and Maple area in Birmingham.

    You're a little early for

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    Jun 19, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    And for a 'grand' old relic ... the Packard plant on Grand River.

    Greenfield Village is a must see. They were doing a big renovation last time I was there so I Imagine that's it's done now.
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    Jun 19, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    And so sad. What a grand city at one time with wonderful architecture .

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    Jun 19, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    Caveat: a Windsor lad here. Father worked in downtown motown.

    All day visits:

    Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum - one of the first in NA to be an outdoor museum of historical buildings, like the Wright Bros. bike shop, Edison's workshop, Ford's first factory - the era of American invention. The HFM has an unbelievable collection of industrial invention in transportation etc - rivalling the Smithsonian.

    Cranbrook Academy of Art and Design -- one of the great schools of design in the US. The campus is a modernists mecca. As is the GM headquarters.

    DIA - The Detroit Inst. of Art is one of the typical American big art museums with notable works from the world's great era artists, plus interior furnishings from some of the legends of the auto tycoons, like Cass and Dodge.

    Walking visits:

    Motown Historical Museum. 2648 W. Grand Boulevard -- how could anyone go to Detroit without listening to R&B.

    Ford Auditorium, and a handful of significant Art Deco buildings. If you're right downtown, walk into the lobby of the Guardian Bldg -- a cathedral of Deco!

    The Mariner's church by the exit/entrance to the river tunnel tells the history of Great Lake tragedies, like the Edmond Fitzgerald.

    Not the healthiest, but Lafayette's Coney Island (118 W Lafayette Blvd) is still serving up their wieners with chili. you have to go in there for one plus the theatre of the place. Wash it down with Vernor's Ginger Ale - closest thing to real jamaican-style ginger ale, or have it as a Boston Cooler (a float mixed with vanilla ice cream).

    Bit of history: Detroit was a French fort along their chain of trading posts down to New Orleans. It's a French word for 'the straight'. Many of the names in the area are French or First Nations since the French worked in alliance with the First People.

    The Renaissance Centre did the opposite of what was intended -- it made a fortress of alienation in the heart of the post-riot city; further gutting the downtown. Not my favourite place to visit.

    Yes to Greektown, as well as the Polish area and many other cultural enclaves.

    It's a city in remarkable decay, yes, but so is America and the industrial era Detroit was a flagship for.
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    Jun 19, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    msuNtx said
    blackhawksfan saidUnfortunately UM college sports are finished, that would be my first recommendation. But, if you still want to travel 45 minutes west to Ann Arbor we have nice canoe liveries, museums, parks, microbrews, off course great restaurants, civic theaters, Ann Arbor Summer Festival June 15th-July 8th (shows, music and more for free or cost), and the arts.

    I stay out of Detroit for a number of reasons. So not much help there.



    Boo Ann Arbor.

    It is a nice city though. I visited couple weeks ago. First time there.


    MUCH more exciting than E. Lansing. LOL
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    Jun 19, 2012 6:35 PM GMT
    Looks like most of them have been hit in one way or another but I would:

    1) Go to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum

    2) Go to the Charles H Wright African American History Museum. I still haven't done this myself but I hear it's phenomenal.

    3) Campus Martius Park in Downtown is great when I usually visit (winter/Christmas) as they have ice skating. Not sure what happens in the summer. I've heard they do outdoor movies.

    4) Have a Coney from Lafayette or National Coney Island (and tell me which you think is better). Personally I think they're each just as delicious as the MILLION other Coney Islands in the region, but it's fun to fuel the debate.

    5) Greektown is great but my favorite spot in it is (ironically) Pizza Papalis. So deep, so delicious.

    6) The Riverwalk Downtown is cool for me as it's new and a great change for the city but is probably not terribly exciting for tourists.

    7) Royal Oak and Ferndale are great suburbs to hang out and eat in. It's also where (most) of the gay activity takes place. If you're feeling adventurous, check out the Menjos Complex in the city. I grew up in Detroit and it is no-kidding scary getting there, but it's a blast and surprisingly it draws gays from all over the region.

    icon_cool.gif Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) was great back in the day. I haven't been in quite some time so I can't vouch for it now but it still might be a good time.

    9) Windsor. Because it's Canada and why not? All my friends and relatives insist we go everytime they visit just to say they've been to Canada but since 9/11 you've needed a Passport or Birth Certificate to get in and out.

    10) Cider Mills. Not in season right now, but remember it for your next trip. Cider and donuts are awesome

    In summary, Detroit may not be the most fantastic place to live and it certainly has it's share of problems (many of which represent widescale problems any given US city is only a stone's throw away from), but it's not as bad as people make it seem. At least not if you take the region as a whole.

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    Jun 19, 2012 7:05 PM GMT
    Most of the stuff I'd recommend has already been said. I'd strongly second the Detroit Institute of Arts. And to the list, I'll add the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House and the Heidelberg Project (if you're into that sort of thing). We have one of the best music scenes anywhere. And Eat some Lebanese food while you're here, too.

    But what I'd recommend the most: Ignore the haters. Detroit has had rough times, and there are definite negatives. But Detroit is home to friendly and resilient people, and still retains much of what made it the "Paris of the West" (look that up if you don't believe me).

    Come with an open mind and I think you'll find Detroit is a great town.

    Also, pick up a "I'm so tough I vacation in Detroit" t shirt while you're here.
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    Jun 19, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
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    Qboy3 saidAlso, pick up a "I'm so tough I vacation in Detroit" t shirt while you're here.


    Here's a popular Detroit t-shirt:

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    Any reference to Zombies?
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    Jun 19, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
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    GAMRican saidLions, and Tigers, and Lakes...Oh MI!

    I'll be heading to Mo-Town this week (for a week). I'll be in a conference in the downtown area, but will have lots of time to see the sights. I know that Greektown is on the list.

    What else should I see/do?

    Cross over to Windsor in Canada. It's right across the river and it's both pretty and civilized.


    I'll be going over into Canada (somewhere) for some kind of fireworks on Monday 6/25. Not sure what the occasion is, but I love fireworks.
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    Jun 19, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    Thanks to all who have provided some insight!

    I'll report back (if I'm not killed and eaten). icon_lol.gif