5 Amazing Reasons Why Detroit Deserves Your Utmost Attention!

May 19th, 2017

A lot of bad things have been said about Detroit. They say that the crime rate is very high and it’s a bad place to raise a family and so on and so forth. But then again, Detroit is not just about the crimes that the we always hear on the news. There’s a bright side of the city that a lot of people probably didn’t know.

Detroit has a lot of amazing things to offer, from the unique authentic foods up to beautiful and magical destinations, the Motor City has it all! Below is some of the best Detroit attractions that you might want to check out.

The Heidelberg Project

The project is originally a political protest started by its artist Tyree Guyton. Dismayed by the poverty and crime rate around the neighborhood, Guyton turned abandoned houses, buildings and lots in his east-side Detroit neighborhood into guerilla-art installations. Guyton started The Heidelberg Project in 1986 with the help of his wife, Karen, and his grandfather Sam Mackey.  It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Detroit that draws thousands of visitors yearly.

This open-air art attraction includes homes painted in polka-dots, lucky lotto numbers while some others are plastered with stuffed toys, animals, old signage, unused car and bicycle parts and more.

For more of The Heidelberg Project, visit their website at http://www.heidelberg.org/.

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The Cass Corridor

The Cass Corridor is the home of the Cass Park Historic District and the Cass-Davenport Historic District. Significant landmarks include the Detroit Masonic Temple (the world’s largest building of its kind), Cass Technical High School, and the Metropolitan Center for High Technology. The Little Caesars Arena, currently under construction and set to open in September 2017 as the new home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons can also be found on this neighborhood.

The Cass Corridor was rebranded as Midtown beginning around 2000. Nowadays, it is referred by its original name by only a handful of diehards and historians.

More photos from today’s @janeswalk in Cass Corridor, organized in conjunction with @urbanconsulate. #detroit #janeswalk

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Mexicantown’s Restaurants and Supermercados

Detroit is the home to thousands of Hispanic and Latin American population. This is why the city is also quite popular for its delicious Latin food.  There’s the Taquiera El Ray, a family-friendly hole-in-the-wall food place that offers Guadalajara-style eats. If you are craving for some authentic tamales, check out Tamaleria Restaurant Nuevo Leon is the place to visit. There are also lots of neighborhood supermercados making it easy to equip your kitchen with a tortilla press and condiments so you can recreate the Mexican treats at home.

You can’t come to Detroit without getting these famous tamales!!

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The Eastern Market

Eastern Market is one of America’s oldest farmers’ markets that have been operating since 1891.  It is a historic commercial district in Detroit and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The market presently covers 43 acres (17 ha) and is the largest historic public market district in the United States. It is a selling point for a wide variety of produce, meat, spice and other products. It is particularly busy on Saturdays, when farmers tend to bring in their poultry and livestock, along with fresh produce, for sale. For more of The Eastern Market, visit https://www.easternmarket.com/.

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Motown (and Other Musical Attractions)

Known as the music capital of the America, Detroit is the home to many famous award winning artists and performers. If you are a music lover, you will get your hands full in Detroit. The Motown Historical Museum (Hitsville USA) is a must visit place as it’s where Motown artists recorded countless chart-topping tracks between 1959 and 1972. Legendary music geniuses like Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder (to name a few) all started at this place.

Detroit is also highly acknowledged as the birthplace of the techno seen. There’s an annual techo festival here called Movement: Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival which attracts international DJs and other musicians. And if you are into jazz, spending time at The D during its annual Labor Day weekend can surely make you heart beat fast as it holds the famous Detroit Jazz Fest.

These are just few of the many wonderful things to do and sights to see in Detroit. Convinced yet?

18 responses to “5 Amazing Reasons Why Detroit Deserves Your Utmost Attention!”

  1. robin rue says:

    I flew into Detroit last year, but didn’t have a chance to explore much. I would love to get back.

  2. Chery says:

    Detroit is such a colorful, culturally diverse city. It also has such historical significance, especially in fairly recent history. I was sad to see the city seem to be “dying off”. I am equally happy to see a rebirth and renewal take place!

  3. Sarah Bailey says:

    What some amazing things, I love the Heidelberg Project how awesome for that guy to see somewhere that needed help and do that in his own unique way.

  4. tar Pittman says:

    I just love those polka dots on the house. What a cool house.

  5. Jen Temcio says:

    This is so interesting to learn about Detroit. We are a car ride away in Illinois so we could totally do a road trip to check these things out.

  6. Athena says:

    My stepsons lived in Michigan for several years and they have very fond memories of Detroit. They now live in the Orlando area and still long for the days of Detroit…

  7. You’re so right that Detroit has some great features which I hope it’s residents are able to enjoy, as well as tourists that only stop for a day. Love the brightly colored house with polka dots, as that’s clearly thinking outside the box.

  8. Joanna says:

    I have never been to the states so I don’t know anything about Detroit. I like their foodie scene and the fact that they have authentic mexican restaurants. The eastern markets sounds interesting as well, I would visit it.

  9. Se manifique views and vibes. I love the photo journal & descriptions! makes me wanna hop on a plane right now hahah

  10. Anosa says:

    I never been to Detroit and I am planning to visit. This is my first time to read about this and I fell in love with the houses! I wish I will be able to visit this places too.

  11. i want to see the one of America’s oldest farmers’ markets.

  12. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    Detroit does seem to offer many fascinating things. I would love to check out its music scene for sure.

  13. Nichole Shirell says:

    This is a great read. It is refreshing to learn about the good aspects of Detroit. It makes me wants to visit and try some of the food.

  14. Jennifer says:

    My favorite places to visit in Detroit are Eastern Market, Campus Martius, and Lincoln Art Park. I have been living in the metro area for two years now and I love it here! Although I do not live in the city limits of Detroit, my family and I got to Detroit many times a month for events and exploring the city. I am really hopeful the city will continue to grow and improve. I love Detroit!

  15. I’ve always wanted to visit the Motown stuff, being a lifelong music fan, but the Heidelberg Project looks interesting. Thanks for spotlighting these things to check out in Detroit!

  16. Beautiful place! I have never fully explored Detroit before and it would be so nice to see these places. Thanks for the list of the must see places there!

  17. Khushboo says:

    Detroit seems like a great place for young professionals and families. I would love the Eastern market and the Mexicantown!

  18. Echo says:

    Detroit is such an eclectic place. You can see and learn so much!

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