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Old October 8th, 2010, 06:44 AM   #1
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Downtown Detroit Photo Tour (September 25, 2010)

Hey fellow Midwest forumers, I made my return to the Motor City this past September for a Tigers game and dinner, and a downtown tour, which I have not done for a few years... too bad the weather wasn't the greatest, but at least it was dry. Without further, downtown MOTOWN...

They were filming "Transformers" here, and I caught a few scenes of devastation/destruction here...




Took a tour down Washington Blvd. THANK GOD they took that pedestrian mall out.


Detail of one of the most amazing churches in the city, St. Aloysius, built in 1930



Looking up at the now-vacant David Stott Tower, built in 1929.


Comerica Tower and First National Building, built in 1930


Millender Center and Renaissance Center


Front Entrance to RenCen on Jefferson


GM Wintergarden, looking south to Windsor, Ontario


Looking through the glass at the top of the Ren Cen, it rises 221 meters (725 ft), making it the tallest all-hotel building in the Western Hemisphere, the tallest building in Michigan and the tallest between Chicago and Cleveland.


GM Wintergarden again


Looking up at the Marriott Hotel and Office Towers, through the glass...


GM World's Car Exhibit


Inside the Andiamo, very nice restaurant


Andiamo Riverfront Italian Restaurant, in the RenCen Wintergarden


Looking south to Windsor with a glass of wine to show...


Views of Windsor from the Andiamo Restaurant, wouldn't you just love a view like this, while eating your dinner here?




Looking up at the RenCen from outside...


Windsor, Ontario skyline


Andiamo Riverfront from Outside


Looking east along the Riverwalk, btw, there were a lot of weddings held downtown this day, saw same by the Fox Theatre and here near the RenCen


RenCen again and Windsor-Detroit Tunnel traffic


The Historic Mariners' Church greets Tunnel Traffic coming into downtown Detroit, built in 1849, moved to this location in 1955.


Millender Center


Financial District, 150 Jefferson and One Woodward with the Joe Louis fist statue in the foreground


Coleman A. Young Municipal Center



Spirit of Detroit and social religious gathering...


Looking up at Comerica Tower, built in 1991, second tallest building in Detroit


The Guardian Building, the crown jewel of downtown Detroit... built in 1929.







Inside the Guardian Building... one of the most beautifully historic building interiors you will EVER SEE!!!






Penobscot Building Annex, built in 1913


Buhl Building, built in 1925


First National Building and Vinton Building built in 1916.


Ford Building, built in 1909.


Base of the Penobscot Building...


Looking up @ the Penobscot Building, once the 8th tallest building in the world when constructed in 1928 and the tallest overall in the U.S. outside of Chicago and New York City.


Looking up @ the Penobscot


151 West Fort Street


211 West Fort Street, once home to the famed Detroit Bank and Trust, during the city's "richer" days.


Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, built in 1924, restored in 2008...




Not quite sure what this building is...




Woodward Avenue, Merchant's Row



Woodward Avenue Detail, in the last almost 10 years, this part of downtown has been cleaned up very nicely... in many of these buildings, there is tremendous potential for residential lofts










Looking up at the Broderick Tower, built in 1928, has been rumoured to be remodeled into lofts, but no construction has started yet



Grand Circus Park, Detroit's famous beautiful urban park...




David Whitney Building, built in 1915


Fountain in Grand Circus Park


Broderick Tower and David Whitney from Grand Circus Park...


Comerica Park, btw, went to the Twins/Tigers game that night...


Brush Park, from Comerica Park




Best views of the skyline and ball park you will get from the upper deck!



Tigers coming out to the field...


After a disastrous 1st inning with Jeremy Bonderman giving up a run, then a grand slam, the Tigers clawing their way to the lead, 5-2 after 3.


First of three homeruns by the Tigers by Alex Avila, with a solo shot.


Then a three-run blast by Don Kelly...


The appreciative crowd of 34,129 went nuts after that, because it tied the game, 5-5! After being down 5-0!






Then Miguel Cabrera hit another two-run home run! Making it 7-5!


Cabrera touching home plate, being congratulated by Johnny Damon.




But then in the top of the fifth, the Tigers' lead was short lived as Bonderman's struggles continued... gave up two consecutive lead-off home runs to tie the game at 7, then Bonine gave up three more to make it 10-7.


But the Tigers clawed their way back, making it 10-9!


Then in the bottom of the sixth... another RBI making it 10-10!


The Tigers won the game in EXTRA INNINGS, 11-10, in the bottom of the 13th, had to listen to it on the radio as it was getting late.


Ernie Harwell statue, long-time announcer for the Tigers, God Bless you! R.I.P. Ernie!



Hope you all enjoyed my downtown Detroit phototour, I'll be back again very soon!
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Old October 8th, 2010, 08:25 AM   #2
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That wasn't a movie set. That's actually how that area looks. I can guarantee that second pic will end up on some Polish forum showing the scary pictures of abandoned Detroit.
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Old October 8th, 2010, 04:32 PM   #3
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What a beautiful city. Detroit has so much to be proud of.
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Old October 8th, 2010, 04:34 PM   #4
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nice pics......
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Old October 9th, 2010, 08:17 AM   #5
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What a beautiful city. Detroit has so much to be proud of.
Beauty exists underneath the abandonment, grittiness, and disrepair. But despite all this, I still truly believe Detroit is one of the great historical gem cities of America. It does have a lot to be proud of during this difficult time for the city. I really enjoy making Detroit look good.

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That wasn't a movie set. That's actually how that area looks. I can guarantee that second pic will end up on some Polish forum showing the scary pictures of abandoned Detroit.
Some Polish people have no sense of character.
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Old October 9th, 2010, 09:42 PM   #6
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Lovely!
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Old October 19th, 2010, 01:05 AM   #7
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I'm from Poland and I loooooove Detroit so much. This city is so beautiful!
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Old October 21st, 2010, 06:18 AM   #8
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I'm from Poland and I loooooove Detroit so much. This city is so beautiful!
Thanks, btw, hope you didn't take my comment saying "Polish people have no sense of character" seriously. I was just responding comically to hudkina's joke.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 06:13 AM   #9
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I can't believe that I missed this. Great and informative tour. I like that you included interiorsof buildings, something that I need to start doing more.

What is it with Philadelphia teams and your trips to Detroit? Now you have a picture of a guy wearing a Phillies hat at the Tigers game (when the game was tied at 5).
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Old December 12th, 2010, 09:44 AM   #10
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I can't believe that I missed this. Great and informative tour. I like that you included interiorsof buildings, something that I need to start doing more.

What is it with Philadelphia teams and your trips to Detroit? Now you have a picture of a guy wearing a Phillies hat at the Tigers game (when the game was tied at 5).
Could be for me that another trip to the city of Brotherly Love is LONG overdue. Maybe next summer to see the Phillies, probably not against the Tigers, though.
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These are really great photos. I found these other photos of Detroit taken by photographer, Julia Taubman. http://detroit138squaremiles.com/jul...ivated-detroit
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