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Old April 16th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #1
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DETROIT Early Spring 2011 Phototour...

I visited Detroit on April 2 to take in a weekend in the Motor City, and stayed at the Book-Cadillac Hotel for the first time, got shots of Cass Tech and Park, and southwest Detroit and Mexicantown! Without further ado, here's my tour...

The Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, built 1924, restored 2008

Inside... all modernized...

My room, on the 23rd floor...

Views from the 23rd floor, looking at the Book Tower...

Back on ground... the Book Tower was built in 1916...

Washington Blvd. Streetscape

Rosa Parks Transit Center

Michigan Building

Grand Army of the Republic building, built in 1900.

A chapel northwest of downtown...

Closeup of Cass Tech, which was slated for demolition, but a deal could be in the works to save the historic structure... it was built in 1922

Current Cass Tech High School...

Cass Park

Base of the gorgeous Masonic Temple Theatre, built in 1922, it is the largest Masonic Temple in the world.

Looking towards downtown from Grand River Avenue...

MGM Grand Hotel Casino...

MotorCity Casino/Hotel and I-75/M-10 junction...

Entering Michigan Avenue, the main street of Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighborhood...

Newly Constructed Lofts

Nemo's, one of Detroit's best-known sports bars...

Michigan Avenue architecture...

Old Tiger Stadium site, was recently converted into a playable baseball field...

Looking west on Michigan Avenue...

Corktown Tavern

Corktown Businesses

Sam's Pawn shop, seen frequently in Sam Roberts' Detroit 67 music video...

C.P.A. Building...

The abandoned Michigan Central Station in Roosevelt Park...

Built in 1913...

...but closed in 1988 and has fallen victim to massive disrepair and vandalization...

... but the building is slated to get a new roof and windows and is structurally sound to be rebuilt...

Detroit's old southwest industrial area... sketchy, don't you think

In this area, called Mexicantown, there's a lot of Spanish and Mexican restaurants, stores, and businesses...

Michigan Welcome Center, near the Ambassador Bridge...

Pedestrian bridge which takes pedestrians across I-75 to Mexicantown's main business district and over to Detroit's west side...

Downtown from the bridge...

Ambassador Bridge and I-75...

Main Business area of Mexicantown, just off I-75...

Mexicantown Restaurant, a popular Detroit eatery...

Inside Mexicantown...

cleaned my plate of nachos and salsa, burritos, tacos, and enchiladas...

Residential area...

The beautiful Ste. Anne Church, built in 1887...

Ste. Anne Academy Building...

Ste. Anne Church is located in the Hubbard-Richard neighborhood, just east of the Ambassador Bridge...

Looking towards downtown from W Lafayette Street...

The Ambassador Bridge

Recent residential development...

RenCen and Central Detroit...

An old fire hall...

Hubbard-Richard neighborhood, mainly Hispanic and Mexicans live here, but you will see some African American and White population here...

The MCS once more...

Ambassador Bridge and Ste. Anne Church.

Michigan Central railway tunnel, that goes underneath the Detroit River to Windsor, Ontario...

Back in Corktown...

Back on Michigan Avenue...

The colours and styles of homes here are simple and diverse and this neighborhood is well kept... mainly Irish people live here as well as African American and white...

Old Wood House in Corktown...

Most Holy Trinity Church

Pedestrian bridge going across the Lodge Freeway

Former MGM Grand Casino, slated to become the city's police headquarters and public safety building...

Back @ the Book-Cadillac...

In time to watch the Tigers game! All right, what a treat! But they lost 10-6 to the Yankees...

Hope you enjoyed the tour, so far!

Night pictures of downtown coming soon!
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Old April 17th, 2011, 12:12 AM   #2
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Old April 17th, 2011, 01:54 AM   #3
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It really does look like a ghostcity. All those roads downtown are dead! Nicely captured.
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Old April 17th, 2011, 09:56 AM   #4
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Very depressing... In many ways looks like Baghdad after the war
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Eerie Detroit! The Walking Dead TV series could use the area for filming.
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Amazing, very nice photos around Detroit, well done
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That looks so sad...
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Some buildings are incredible even abandonned.

I hope they won´t be destroied and can be reused in the future.

The station is wonderful for example.

Love Detroit.
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Some buildings are very nice, but where are the people? i know that many people left detroit, but i never thought it was so quiet on the streets.Thanks for the pictures!
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Paranormal city!...
abandoned station is like a gost-castle)
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Originally Posted by sky-eye View Post
Some buildings are very nice, but where are the people? i know that many people left detroit, but i never thought it was so quiet on the streets.Thanks for the pictures!
If a city loses half of it's population, I think it's normal to see no people on the streets.

Great pics! But sometimes sad to watch that this once so big city is now so empty.
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I've heard about what happened to Detroit, but i wouldnt have thought it could be THAT bad. It this real? Looks like a bad dream! How is it possible? Hope it will change soon, that's a shame, coz some places look really interesting.
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OMG this is so sad, that's exactly what I was thinking, Where the people are..really really sad.
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Mexicantown looks fairly prosperous. Downtown looks like it has islands of prosperity.

I've never been closer than the airport. But I'm fascinated by the potential. Islands of prosperity can grow.
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Detroit used to be top ten American cities in terms of population and economy.
and it's really disheartening to see this city and other midwest cities becoming
what these photos are.
I love all these cities with those old nicely designed buildings.
don't worry be happy
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