Here’s all my sightseeing pics from Detroit. I walked all over the downtown area from Greektown, to the Ren Center, along the Riverwalk and to the Cobo Center. It was a very walkable area even late at night. The People Mover (there are some pics of the track in the group) gets you all around anywhere you might want to go including the places I mentioned and the Tigers Comerica park baseball stadium.
Of course, the people mover also decided NOT to move on the ONE DAY I really needed it! Sunday after the final brunch over in the Ren Center area I needed to get back to my hotel pretty much on the other side of everything – which should still take only 5 minutes on the mover – and it stops. Dead. I bailed and RAN with my carry on backpack (fully packed for travel) in order to catch the shuttle bus to the airport. That was quite a feat! I was so glad that I actually AM a runner because I also had to talk on the phone while running in order to make sure the shuttle didn’t leave without me (it was prepaid). But just as it had been my WHOLE time there – the people are SO DAMN NICE! That shuttle driver came BACK to pick me up when dispatch told him about the stopped People Mover. I swear the folks in Detroit were the nicest, most genuine people I’ve ever met top to bottom. Whether they were in customer service or just someone I passed on the street. So welcoming.
I know I saw the best of the city of course. It’s in dire straights in many, many places. But for where I was and the time I was there, it was a great experience and I will gladly go back to explore more of the city. I’m bummed I didn’t get there early enough to join my friends at the art and motown museums and I’m also bummed I missed out on Sunday Brunch in a mansion with another group of friends!
Lots of focus on the cool buildings of course. I love being in older cities and seeing the great architecture.