I recently moved to downtown Detroit and on a sunny Sunday afternoon decided to take a bike ride around the downtown area and the riverwalk. The riverwalk is extremely pleasant and very relaxing to take in. Funny how one is always looking to get away from people but when the opportunity arises in a public venue it seems almost strange. Detroit is undergoing a renaissance and you can see the immensity of what it offers but yet the lack of people seems strange in a city. There was some tourists and some couples and other bikers but then again it was November not a time when many people would be walking by a river. There appeared to be a number of parks and entertainment venues that probably would be well attended in the warmer seasons. I biked a good stretch from west of the Renaissance Center to east by RiverPlace a mixed office and commercial development. The ride was fascinating as a stretch of vacant industrial and commercial properties were relics of a bygone era and almost stood as museum exhibits, totally captivated my eyes, to the point that it had a different kind of beauty to feel and experience. If you can get past the decay there is some kind of offbeat charm and fascination that I am feeling about Detroit, in the short five weeks that I have been living here. Oh, did I mention that I am an active senior citizen and not part of the large group of young people that are blazing the rebirth of Detroit. Be aware of your surroundings as in any world city but enjoy the many assets the city offers, they are just not strung together like Chicago, New York, etc, etc, etc.
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