Detroit, a major port city on the Detroit River, is the largest city in the State of Michigan. Detroit is the 11th largest city in the United States with a population of a little more than 4 million. The "Motor City" has been the hub of the American automobile industry since the beginning. The Detroit International Riverfront includes a partially completed three and one-half mile riverfront promenade with a combination of parks, residential buildings, and commercial areas from Hart Plaza to the MacArthur Bridge accessing Belle Isle (the largest island park in a U.S. city). Detroit and Motown go hand in hand and today, Detroit continuous to play prominently in music and the arts.
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Basketball - Pistons
Baseball - Tigers
Football - Lions
Hockey - Redwings
In 2007, Detroit was listed as having the 6th highest crime rate for a city it's size. However, in 2010, Detroit did not make the list for high crime.
Bricktown separates the Renaissance Center from Historic Greektown. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The area contains an eclectic mix of late 19th century architecture and early 20th century industrial buildings and warehouses. Bricktown is home the Italian Renaissance style Wayne County Building and to St. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church, the oldest standing church in Detroit. The Wayne County Courthouse, which used to be located in the Wayne County Building, was the place where Mae West was once a defendant on a charge of public indecency. The Bricktown area is now seeing resurgence with the creation of lofts and the addition of the Greektown casino. Although small, Bricktown is notable for its live music venues like Jacoby's German Biergarten (1904); the city's oldest surviving pub, provides a small performance space for up & coming acts.
Royal Oak was once the eclectic destination for the yuppies of the 1990s. These days, the neighborhood has matured. The downtown area is compact enough to walk, and there is plenty of street parking to make a leisurely stroll more enjoyable. Royal Oak provides a myriad of choices for restaurants, shops and other things to do. The Royal Oak Music Theater features live acts, you can laugh at Mark Ridley's Comedy Club, and there's even an art theater (Main North Art Theater) that shows indie films. There are several condominiums, loft developments, town homes, and apartment high rises to choose from. The schools have recently been reorganized. City services include an animal shelter, nature society, historical society, golf courses, library and the farmers' market. The city of Royal Oak is loaded with city parks. There's a neighborhood park every few blocks.
Greektown is located less than half a mile from the Renaissance Center in the downtown area. It combines with Bricktown to create Monroe Street at the center. The neighborhood is a popular for great restaurants and entertainment; having many restaurants that serve authentic Greek cuisine, as well as one of the city's three casinos, Greektown Casino. Certain buildings on Monroe Street are themed to resemble the Parthenon, Pegasus, and other forms of Greek architecture. Greek music is also played on Monroe Street throughout the day. Well known restaurants include Pizza Papalis, Pegasus Taverna, Cyprus Taverna and The Laikon Cafe. St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, founded by German immigrants, is located in the heart of the district. The Second Baptist Church once served as "station" for the Underground Railroad. The Greektown Historic District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. So if you like all things greek, then Greektown is the place for you.
"Pointes" The Pointes, as called by the locals, is a combination of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Park, Gross Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe, and Grosse Pointe Farms. This wealthy enclave, just to the southeast of Detroit, is the epitome of old money. Along Lakeshore Drive, huge stately mansions built by automobile moguls line the drive, most of them walled and with yards as big as fairways. These communities were founded in the late 1800s, and the architecture ranges from opulent to interesting. To live in the Pointes takes money; however there are some affordable residences further from the lake. The public schools in the Pointes are among some of the best in Michigan. The campus of Grosse Pointe South looks more like a college than like the high school it is. It was also featured in the movie Grosse Pointe Blank. The Pointes boasts amenities such as private golf clubs, and with the proximity to the water, boating is a popular pastime.
Downtown Detroit is the central business district and a residential area of Detroit, Michigan. Downtown contains much historic architecture and most of the prominent skyscrapers in Detroit, including the Renaissance Center, the Penobscot Building, Comerica Tower, and the Guardian Building. Historic churches, theaters, and commercial buildings anchor the various downtown districts. Downtown has a number parks including those linked by a promenade along the Detroit International Riverfront. n recent years the downtown area has seen tremendous growth and development. Condominiums and Loft style apartments are available in the now bustling downtown area.
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Grand Circus Park Historic District called Foxtown is a name used in Detroit for the Grand Circus Park Historic District. Foxtown is named after the Fox Theatre, a National Historic landmark. The Detroit Opera House is located at Broadway and Grand Circus. The east necklace of downtown links Grand Circus and the stadium area to Greektown along Broadway. The east necklace contains a sub-district sometimes called the Harmonie Park District, where the legacy of Detroit's music can still be heard. Near the Opera House, and emanating from Grand Circus along the east necklace are other venues including the Century Club, Gem Theatre, and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. With art and cultural activities and institutions so readily available, the Grand Circus Park Historic District has a lot to offer.