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Old November 6th, 2013, 01:34 AM   #1
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Summer 2013 Midwestern US Tour: DETROIT!!

Hey guys!

Continuing with my photo threads of my remarkable Midwest U.S. trip in the Summer 2013, which included stops with two days in Toledo, Ohio, and five days in Chicago… hopped on the Amtrak train, headed east and….

I finished it off spending three days in the Motor City!

The first part of the first day in Detroit includes downtown pictures on a gorgeous Friday afternoon, as well as highlights of the baseball game @ Comerica Park between the Kansas City Royals and the Tigers!

The view of Detroit from the Amtrak train...
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Cadillac Place with the Fisher Building sticking out from the train station...
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Detroit's Amtrak Station, in all its glory...
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After hopping aboard a cab downtown… arrived at the Renaissance Center, stayed at the Marriott...
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My room….
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The views from my room, on the 56th floor...
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Looking down @ GM World...
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Looking south at the Detroit River and Windsor from the GM Wintergarden
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GM World...
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Old November 6th, 2013, 03:56 AM   #2
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beautiful...one of America's great cities.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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Why do people always say Detroit is so bad/rundown? It looks great in your pictures.
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Old November 6th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #4
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Great, very nice photos from Detroit
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Old November 7th, 2013, 01:13 AM   #5
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I really appreciate the way that you have chosen to show us what is great about Detroit.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 01:24 AM   #6
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Why do people always say Detroit is so bad/rundown? It looks great in your pictures.
Botev1912, you made my day when you said that! Thank you very much, really appreciate the kind words and many people I know have told me how they say I make Detroit look good with all my pictures! I'll have to start posting my pictures of the Motor City here more often! However, this is just downtown. There are A TON of rundown in other areas in the city, unfortunately.

Thanks again, everyone, for your kind comments on the city and pictures!
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Old November 7th, 2013, 02:06 AM   #7
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it's great to show us the bright side of the city which still has the baseball and the NHL hockey teams. I hope the economic condition is improving.
BTW, how much did you pay for that nice hotel room? if you don't mind my asking.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 04:47 AM   #8
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Nice tour! Detroit is a city I always root for. I really hope its' decline ends soon enough to preserve the gems that remain.
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Old November 7th, 2013, 05:53 AM   #9
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it's great to show us the bright side of the city which still has the baseball and the NHL hockey teams. I hope the economic condition is improving.
BTW, how much did you pay for that nice hotel room? if you don't mind my asking.
capricorn2000, thank you! Detroit city proper has got the Lions football team, too. The economic condition probably now has nowhere to go but up since the city is in bankruptcy protection. Downtown is the most booming part of the city and it has changed A LOT in the last ten years, I only hope this can spread out to more areas of the city.

I paid $199 US a night, but considering it's for a weekend and the kind of hotel I stayed at (Marriott at the Renaissance Center), that's not bad, IMHO.
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Continuing with the Detroit part of my massive Summer 2013 Midwest U.S. trip is pictures I took of the BRIGHT LIGHTS of the D downtown after the Tigers game on the Friday night!

Comerica Park after the game was finished
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The gorgeous Fox Theatre
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The Fillmore Concert Theatre
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The Broderick Tower and David Whitney Building
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Looking south on Woodward Avenue...
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Took the People Mover @ Grand Circus Park... to the Millender Center, near the riverfront...
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Yes, people actually do ride the People Mover for all the critics out there.
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Cadillac Tower and Square
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One Detroit Center and First National Building
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Millender Center and Renaissance Center
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Where the heart beats downtown, Campus Martius and the Penobscot
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Hart Plaza
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More of the RenCen...
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The view from my room, 56 stories up the Marriott hotel..
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Old November 8th, 2013, 12:29 AM   #11
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Fabulous!
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Old November 9th, 2013, 10:00 PM   #12
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This part of the trip focuses on parts of the East Riverfront and the Dequindre Cut all the way north to one of the great weekend markets and urban adventures in the United States, the famous Eastern Market, northeast of downtown Detroit.

These were taken on a warm and bustling Saturday Morning in the D!

Good morning, RenCen and Detroit!
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Hello, home country!
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Started in front of the Renaissance Center...
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Going a walk on Detroit's RiverWalk..
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The new volleyball courts
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Boll Family Fountain
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William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
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The Globe Building being renovated into the Detroit Outdoor Adventure and Discovery Center
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The beginning of the popular Dequindre Cut bicycle and walking path...
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It takes people from the Detroit River all the way up to the Eastern Market...
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Inspiring...
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Approaching the end of the trail...
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It amazing the kind of animations people put on these walls...
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Looking down the Dequindre Cut through a fence on Gratiot Avenue...
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St. Joseph's Catholic Church
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It's so hot out, I could use a Faygo right now...
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Ha, look at that. I guess the Motor City appreciates my patronage so much, they named a street after me! HA HAAAA!
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Old November 9th, 2013, 10:07 PM   #13
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How did you travel without a car? Are all the Amtrak stations that conveniently centered or did you just bring a tiny backpack for the haul? Why Amtrak over bus since I'd heard Amtrak is pricey?
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How did you travel without a car? Are all the Amtrak stations that conveniently centered or did you just bring a tiny backpack for the haul? Why Amtrak over bus since I'd heard Amtrak is pricey?
I'm glad you asked. I get around pretty good considering I don't own a car.

I used both bus and train. I took a train from London, Ontario to Windsor, Ontario (across from Detroit). Then I took a Transit Windsor tunnel bus which provides convenient travel from downtown Windsor to downtown Detroit (with customs and immigration at the border), then took a Greyhound bus from Detroit to Toledo, Ohio. Then Amtrak from Toledo to Chicago and from Chicago to Detroit.

The Toledo station is just outside of downtown, Chicago's Union Station is right in the heart of the loop (downtown), and Detroit's is in the heart of midtown, so I needed a cab to get downtown, although a new light rail system will built on Woodward Avenue and will provide an alternative a cost-effective method to connect midtown to downtown.

Amtrak to me, is actually very reasonably priced for train service, probably because rail travel in Canada (VIA rail) is outrageously priced. I think for a train from Toledo to Chicago (and Chicago to Detroit) was like around $70-90 total, return fare.. In Canada, that would be close or more than $200 easily. But I think VIA Rail is partially run by the government of Canada, too, so that might make a difference.

Amtrak is more spacious, not as cramped, and the service between cities is faster. It's also a bit more scenic. That's the advantages I find with trains over buses.
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This part of the tour covers the Eastern Market District, one of America's greatest urban market areas!

Commercial blocks along Gratiot Avenue near the Eastern Market
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Approaching the bustling Eastern Market on Russell Street...
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The Eastern Market
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Fresh Leamington, Ontario-made tomatoes. BTW, Leamington is considered to be the tomato capital of Canada.
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I hadn't ate breakfast yet, so I got a half-dozen oranges, sure gave me my share of Vitamin C that morning!
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Downtown from the Eastern Market
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Abandonment in what appears to be an old meat plant or something in Eastern Market...
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I found this interesting...
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View from outside the building...
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Hope you all enjoyed another one of my great Detroit photo tours!
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Detroit has much potential, with its architectural heritage and all these car industries. In these pictures it is hard to imagine all the problems we have read about in the media during the latter years, great photos!
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Detroit has much potential, with its architectural heritage and all these car industries. In these pictures it is hard to imagine all the problems we have read about in the media during the latter years, great photos!
Thanks, nightsky, for the comments on my pictures, I really appreciate the positive feedback and you saying I make Detroit look good.

I can't say the rest of the city looks the same, but I do my best to show that Detroit is STILL a great city despite its sour economy and bankruptcy (on paper) and focusing on the positives on what the Motor City has to offer!
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This parts covers Belle Isle, including the Aquarium and Conservatory. The Belle Isle Aquarium was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America until it closed in 2005. It re-opened to the public in 2012 as part of a restoration effort by volunteers. The Belle Isle Conservatory was designed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn. Both buildings were built in 1904.

I apologize for not getting much else of Belle Isle besides the aquarium and conservatory, but those are the places I wanted to visit this time around. I do have more pictures of Belle Isle and I'll post a link to them at some point.

Detroit skyline from Belle Isle
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Windsor and Detroit skylines from Belle Isle
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Detroit's East Riverfront
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Douglas MacArthur Bridge
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Belle Isle, IMHO, offers some of the best skyline shots of Detroit outside of Windsor
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The Belle Isle Aquarium, it was free admission and it's only open on Saturdays, but a donation helps the great volunteers of this attraction worth preserving keep going. I gave them $10, likely the first of a few visits to come.
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Inside the Belle Isle Aquarium, still amazingly preserved well and handsome!
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In the reflection, that's me wearing a "Made In Detroit" T-Shirt, while looking at a swimming turtle!
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One of the volunteers noticed me with my camera taking pictures and was nice enough to give me a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the tanks!
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The Belle Isle Conservatory, designed by Albert Kahn. Built in 1904
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This part of the trip focuses on the historic Indian Village neighbourhood on Detroit's east side. The neighbourhood is one of the most architecturally diverse and is one of the city's most affluent neighbourhoods.

Started at the historic, but abandoned St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr Roman Catholic Church on Dubois Street in Detroit's east side. Built in 1900.
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Houses near the St. Stanislaus church, awaiting opportunity...
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The abandoned, but protected Whittier Hotel on East Jefferson Avenue
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Entering Indian Village, greeted by Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
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These homes are on Burns Street
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Detroit Waldorf School
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These houses are on Iroquois Avenue...
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I dig the warped wooden roof on this beauty...
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Iroquois Avenue Christian Lutheran Church
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This huge mansion is on Seminole...
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