Sunday, August 30, 2015

Great Things Happening In Detroit It's Time to Visit

The Z Art project in Detroit

Dan Gilbert Billionaire businessman   planed to buy  the  -vacant 38-story Book Tower skyscraper and two other adjacent buildings on Washington Boulevard  in Detroit  . Most of the building have been vacant for a long time , He have plans to transform all the buildings       into a "a game-changing, mixed-use development.”

“Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services doesn’t release purchase prices, but sources told the Free Press he’s paying about $30 million for the package that also includes the 13-story Book Building and an adjacent 2-story community center. The buildings, totaling about 517,000 square feet, span the entire 1200 block of Washington between Grand River Avenue and State Street. The seller was Vancouver, British Columbia-based AKNO Properties.”
 This new area of  renovation would  be part of a  solution  to the redevelopment process of Washington Boulevard.
 The Westin Book Cadillac, Hotel completely refurbished In   2008, which greatly improved the area  The building  was closed down for over , 25 years before  it was reopened , and began to flourish . The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel is one of the luxurious hotels Located in Downtown Detroit
 When The  Recession hit  most of the development  stopped. However  recently  the development of the David Whitney Building and the  change of the Gabriel Richard Building and Detroit City Apartments all 3 have reopened recently  story by /

Friday, May 2, 2014

A major art project is pulling their up roots in Brooklyn and heading for Detroit

A major art project is pulling  their up roots in Brooklyn and heading for  Detroit  
The company is  called Galopogos .   Galopogos has a collection of art collective  that  will feature performance and visual arts.   There a number of factors that gave them a reason to come to  Detroit,  The company believe Detroit “It’s definitely less expensive, but  there other reason they will arrive in Detroit .Michael Miles stated I don’t think that’s the only reason,” said  He is the a an art director with roots in Royal Oak native. He has been spending his his time between  between Detroit and New York. Michael believes there many other places cheaper than NY . However Michael believes  “There’s lots of places that are cheaper than New York,” he said. “There’s a buzz to Detroit right now.” Detroit Area warehouse city of Highland park 


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Detroit Attractions- Motown Historical Museum

Detroit Attractions- Motown Historical Museum   by James C
in Travel    (submitted 2007-02-11)

Detroit Michigan is home to many world class attractions. There is no shortage of things for visitors to see and to do in Detroit. One very popular attraction is the Motown Historical Museum. It is one of those places that you simply must see because of the incredible history that is contained within its walls. Keep reading this article and learn about what you can see at the museum and why you should go for a visit.
The Motown Historical Museum was founded in 1985 by a woman named Esther Gordy Edwards. She founded the museum to help preserve the rich history of the Motown Record Corporation and to educate area youth on the values of creativity and entrepreneurship. The museum attracts thousands of interested visitors each and every year. The home of the museum is the house that was originally used by Berry Gordy Jr to record music. The house was originally dubbed Hitsville USA by Mr. Gordy. Inside the house you will find a number of interesting attractions. You can see photographs, costumes, art and music from this exciting era in music history. For example, you can see the original recording studio used by such artists as the Supremes, Stevey Wonder and the Jackson 5. The studio has been left just as it was including the worn out linoleum. You can also see the costumes made famous by the artists who used the studio. The museum is a treasure trove of historical musical artifacts waiting to be enjoyed by you. Take the time to visit the museum when you come to Detroit. You will not regret it.
If you would like to visit the museum you can find it at 2648 W. Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Ticket prices are currently $8 for adults and $5 for children but you should call the information line to get current prices. The information line is 313-875-2264.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Visit Detroit Architectural Landmarks

Hello from Detroit Architectural rejuvenation at the Inn on Ferry Street    

by Arther  in Travel / Travel Tips    (submitted 2010-12-06)


My abode for my last two days in Detroit was the Inn on Ferry Street, a beautifully renovated complex of six historic buildings in the Midtown area of Detroit. It encompasses four mansions as well as two carriage houses that were each built for prominent Detroit families. After many years of languishing, these buildings have been re-functioned into 42 stunning guest rooms.
The East Ferry Avenue Historic District is a historic area in Midtown Detroit, which is also referred to as Detroit's Cultural Centre. Well-preserved elegant mansions from the 1880s and 1890s line the streets and recall an era when these villas were owned by some of Detroit's wealthiest citizens. This historic district represents one of the largest and least altered collections of Detroit's leading architects of the late nineteenth century

Midtown, the surrounding area, is also referred to as the "Cultural Center Historic District" because of its large concentration of museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Science Centre and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Wayne State University is located nearby, and a multitude of restaurants, galleries and nightlife venues make this area a popular destination.

I had a chance to sit down with Sue Mosey, the driving force behind the renovation of the six buildings that make up the Inn on Ferry Street. Sue is an urban planner and the President of the University Cultural Center Association, a non-profit organization that has aided in planning and developing nearly $400 million in new residential projects in Detroit's Midtown area.
Sue Mosey is one of Detroit's most visionary and influential citizens. With more than 20 years of experience as an urban planner, Sue has dedicated her entire career to non-profit organizations that improve her city. She is the president of the University Cultural Center Association, a nonprofit community development group which promotes the revitalization and development of Detroit's Midtown area. Detroit's lack of strong city planners and developers has created a space for non-profit organizations and independent professionals who have been working hard to improve the city.

Under Sue Mosey's leadership the Midtown area has attracted more than $400 million in new residential investments; roughly 2800 housing units have been created or are being planned. Projects include planning support, real estate development, attraction of retailers and businesses, beautification and public safety improvement programs, the organization of local festivals and events and much more. Most recently Sue is working on getting a two-mile greenway off the ground to provide Midtown residents with safe recreational opportunities for walking, jogging and cycling. One of her main goals is to attract more people and businesses to the Midtown area.

To provide context for Sue Mosey's endeavours it is important to understand a bit of Detroit's history. During the late 1800s and early 1900s Detroit was often referred to as "the Paris of the West" because of its stunning architecture and Gilded Age mansions. From the first half of the 19th century onwards Detroit had become a centre of shipping, shipbuilding and manufacturing, resulting in rapid economic growth and considerable wealth among the city's business leaders.
Around the turn of the last century Detroit became a powerhouse in automotive manufacturing: the Ford Motor Company was founded in 1904 and other automotive pioneers built extensive factories in Detroit. The success of Ford's Model T made car ownership accessible to the masses and created a large demand for automobiles. Thousands of African-American former plantation workers migrated north to participate in the manufacturing boom and the new prosperity offered to assembly line workers.
The economic slowdown following the end of World War I and, from 1929 onwards, the Great Depression put a damper on these economic aspirations. As jobs dwindled, old racial prejudices resurfaced and race relations became severely strained during the 1920s. The 1930s were a period of bitter labour strife in Detroit

During the 1940s the world's first sunken expressway was constructed in Detroit, and World War II sparked demand for weapons and spurred industrial growth. Changing demographics and long-entrenched racism led to racial tensions between Detroit's African-American and White populations which escalated into a full-scale riot in 1943 during which 34 people were killed and 600 injured.
During the 1950s and 1960s an extensive network of highways was constructed in Detroit which made it easier for people to commute and move into the suburbs. Poor housing conditions, economic factors and police prejudice against African-Americans led to another devastating race riot in 1967. This event together with school desegregation led to white flight, a demographic trend where working and middle-class white people moved into the suburbs. Large numbers of jobs also relocated into the outskirts, and as a result, Detroit's tax base eroded and its population declined from about 1.8 million in 1950 to around 900,000 today. Large tracts of housing were simply abandoned as people moved away from the city.
The gasoline crisis of the 1970s also impacted the Detroit auto industry while the city was increasingly afflicted by the heroin and crack cocaine trade during the 1980s. Many of the abandoned houses had become crack houses and havens for drug dealers. The city responded by demolishing countless buildings, leaving behind large swaths of vacant land, often referred to as "urban prairies". Demolitions are still continuing today and some parts of the city are marred by large numbers of abandoned buildings and empty lots.
However, from the 1990s and into the 2000s, Detroit started to experience a significant revival: the Comerica Tower was built in 1993; new state-of-the-art sports stadiums were constructed for the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers; three casinos opened inside the city. In recent years, several large-scale events have also added to the city's renaissance: the 2005 MLB All-Star Game, the 2006 Super Bowl, the 2006 Word Series and WrestleMania in 2007 were all held in Detroit. In October of 2008, one of the most ambitious architectural restoration programs was unveiled when the historic Book Cadillac Hotel was reopened under the Westin flag after a $200 million investment and 24 years of abandonment.
Many revival initiatives have happened in Detroit over the years, and in the mid-town area many of them came together directly or indirectly because of the involvement of Sue Mosey and the University Cultural Center Association (UCCA). This non-profit organization is involved in the organization of special events, planning, transportation and public awareness campaigns. Sue added that since 2000 more than $2 billion have been invested in the Midtown area. Other areas of Detroit are also undergoing redevelopment as I witnessed myself during my walk through the historic Brush Park neighborhood. Neighborhoods like these are an interesting mix of shuttered buildings, vacant lots, recently restored historic buildings and brand-new real estate developments.

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