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Old November 3rd, 2010, 04:36 AM   #1
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DETROIT Autumn Photo Tours by Jaybird...

I visited the city of Detroit, Michigan from Canada quite a few times during the months of September and October and I will showcase my photo tours here.

The first phototour took place on a cool, dreary day in September. I came 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!
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 07:35 AM   #2
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this is one great tour of Detroit.
thanks dude for the effort.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 08:44 AM   #3
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Fabulous!
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 12:34 PM   #4
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Really great and very nice work, photos about Detroit
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 03:19 PM   #5
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Nice pics of Detroit, interesting with the Transformers filming, it must be the 3rd movie?
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 04:35 PM   #6
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Fantastic tour of Detroit there, the city really does have buildings on its side! Also was interesting to catch a glimpse of that Tudor building on the left of the Grand Circus Park picture.
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Thanks for the comments, guys! Appreciate them, yes, I enjoy going to the Motor City!
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Here's the next part of my Autumn Photo Tours, this was from 1 1/2 weeks ago, when I went to a Red Wings game... toured Brush Park, Midtown, Foxtown, and others...



Looking up at the Renaissance Center, I stayed in the Marriott Hotel...




View of Windsor, Ontario from my room...


Watergarden dome


Tower 300 of the Renaissance Center




Most comfortable bed I have ever slept on in my life, period...


Little tour of the RenCen






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Walked to the People Mover station, waiting for the train...


The People Mover arrives! Took it to Grand Circus Park


A few shots from around Grand Circus Park




The famous Fillmore Theatre, a popular concert venue

Fox Theatre




Hockeytown Cafe on Woodward Ave.


St. Johns Episcopal Church


New townhouses appear in the Brush Park Neighborhood, north of downtown and I-75.


Two bombed-out buildings... sadly something that is not uncommon in Detroit


Building in Cass Park slated for demolition


Detroit's Brush Park neighborhood... in this neighborhood, once home to prominent and beautiful Colonial and Victorian-style mansions, it has fallen on hard times, although is seeing some rejuvenation and life...








Unfortunately unkempt houses and burned-out houses like this still linger around Brush Park...








I believe this house is going to be restored...




Two more beauties...




















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A castle-like apartment building bombed out, however the trees add colour to it...
































SO MUCH POTENTIAL! Being footsteps away from downtown, Comerica Park, Ford Field, Fox Theatre, and the People Mover!












Masonic Temple






Bonstelle Theatre, part of Wayne State University


Milner Arms Apartment Building


New Building on Woodward


Orchestra Hall




Professional Plaza


Harper Hospital and DMC




Buildings slated for renovation along Woodward Avenue




Another bombed-out building, slated for demolotion...


One of Detroit's Premier Entertainment Centers, Majestic Theatre and the Garden Bowl Lanes, built in 1919, it is the oldest continually-used bowling alley in the United States.


Inside the Garden Bowl...


Bowled a few games...


The last one was my best, 173!


Union Street Saloon, a fine dining restaurant across from the Majestic/Garden Bowl...


Nice decor, very saloon-like, the steak here was excellent...


Detroit School of Arts...


St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church








Two old former performing arts centers...


Addison Building


First Presbyterian Church






Skyline...














Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers


David Broderick Tower and David Whitney Building, near the People Mover station...


nited Artists building, owned by Mike Ilitch, may be soon-to-be renovated


Kales Building on the right and two other buildings vacant




After getting back to my hotel, on the PM again, made to the Joe Louis Arena for the game...


"Terrible" Ted Lindsay statue in the concourse


Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe statue


Concourse of the Joe




Sweet seats, right in the center...


Red Wings practising...






Opening faceoff...


Red Wings score early to make it 1-0 on the power play! Henrik Zetterberg with the goal!








Ducks took a two-goal lead after a goal to make it 3-1, they had to review it, but I thought it went win, unfortunately...


Face-off in the Red Wings zone in the second period...


Red Wings trailing 3-1...


But the Red Wings answer the call! THE MULE (Johan Franzen), makes it 3-2!


Then Tomas Holmstrom ties it at 3-3, after standing in front of the goalie and re-deflecting it in!




Zambonis clearing the ice for the 3rd Period...


Red Wings Bench...


Start of the 3rd period...






After Anaheim made it 4-3 with a five-hole goal by Teemu Selanne, the Red Wings tied it up on another goal by Henrik Zetterberg!


Crowd getting antsy...




Everybody stood the last few minutes of the game...


Less than five minutes in the game, Detroit pressing...




Red Wings continue to press...


While Jimmy Howard holds fort in the other end...




Pavel Datsyuk scores through a crowd over the goalie and wins the game with 11.4 seconds left in the third period!






Red Wings win!!! Congratulating Jimmy Howard!!!!


5-4 Detroit the final!




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Pavel Datsyuk the second star of the game...


Henrik Zetterberg the first star of the game...




The Joe after the game...




Blurry shot of Windsor...


RenCen at night...


The Financial District area of Detroit, would have taken more night pictures...


but it started to rain heavily, argh!


Back in my room, watching game 6 of the NLCS between the Giants and Phillies... which the Phillies lost sadly


Looking across at Windsor from my room at night...


Tower 300 at night of the RenCen
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Old November 4th, 2010, 09:40 AM   #9
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fantastic tour. Detroit looks very interesting. Quite incredible the inner city was allowed to be so neglected
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The art deco highrises are really beautiful, but I have to admit that the city in general looks very depressing and deserted, almost like a war-destroyed city. Surely no place I would like to live in.
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Awesome photo tour I love such apocalyptic and deppressive cities.
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Old November 13th, 2010, 05:22 PM   #12
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Without further ado, the second part of my Motor City weekend in October...

Dreary morning from my hotel room at the Marriott Renaissance Center looking at Windsor


RenCen Tower 300


The beautiful Detroit Institute of Arts, built in 1923, second-largest art gallery in the United States, housing one of the largest collections of art in the world.


The equally-beautiful Detroit Public Library, built in 1921


The Thinker statue




Looking south on Woodward Avenue, at the Wayne State University building






Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts...
















































































































































































































After the DIA, looking north on Woodward towards the Fisher Building and Cadillac Place in midtown


Beautiful home on Ferry and Woodward


The Inn on Ferry Street








Robert Pauli Scherer house


Detroit Historical Museum


Kirby Apartment Building


Wayne State University Welcome Center




Old Main Building, Wayne State University




Thompson House




Hilberry Theatre


Mackenzie House


First Congregational Church


Woodward Avenue North Scenes






David Whitney House, home of one of Detroit's most exclusive restaurants, The Whitney


Hope you all enjoyed the second part of my October 2010 tour of the Motor City!!!
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Very interesting pictures!
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I love Detroit!
Nice photos!
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