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“A very unique downtown, hopefully it will prepare you to appreciate this place”
Review of Detroit Downtown

Detroit Downtown
Ranked #22 of 140 things to do in Detroit
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Pleasanton, California
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“A very unique downtown, hopefully it will prepare you to appreciate this place”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

Detroit downtown is very different, so you have to measure it on it's own scale. It's not for everyone and it's lacking a lot of usual features, but it also has something other cities don't have, so hopefully it will help you to set your mind.

1. Architecture. Great. Detroit went through some boom and bust cycles, so most of the buildings were built either in 1920s or 1960s and it was hit hard during Great Depression and after mid 1970s, so it has a more distinct pure style architecture and some buildings like the Guardian building or GM HQ are true classics.
2. Shopping. Sucks. Detroit doesn't have an equivalent of San Francisco Union Square or Chicago's Magnificent Mile, so there is no high end shopping district.
3. Walking. Very good. Detroit downtown is very walking friendly. The best known area is Greektown, but you can easily walk the area between the Opera House and the riverside, so no need to drive.
4. Safety. Not sure. I'm not local, so not sure what the police reports say, but I felt pretty safe in the downtown area.
5. Food. Good. There is plenty of food and I especially liked the Greektown area.
6. Points of interest. Great. It's actually packed with sport arenas, casinos, churches, plazzas, historic buildings, music venues, reverside walk, parks, so there are surprisingly many things to do in such a small area.
7. Area outside of downtown. Scarey. If you drive out of downtown, it looks like a war zone - burnt and neglected buildings, trashed streets, high crime rate.
8. Unique style. Great. Downtown Detroit doesn't look like anything else, so likely going to be either love or hate impression. However, I have to admit it's one of the iconic American towns and it's still has it's unique style and I was glad to see it.

Hopefully it helps.

Visited December 2013
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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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“Sorry for my poor review but.....”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

Detroit is like that Salami/Ham/Mortadella/Provolone sandwich topped with spicy peppers, that had spent the afternoon in the sun on an August day. All the ingredients are there, but now soggy, tasteless, borderline rancid. I grew up in Ann Arbor, I know the rich (not meaning $$$) history of the city. 40+ years of corruption did no favors for residents. Combine that with a State body of government that was liaise a fair at best over the years, and you have now a City that has some glimmer of hope here and there (only on a very local restauranteur/entrepreneur side) but mostly looks like it will crumble or implode. Greektown along the river seems to hang on, I have not been to any of the Casinos so I won't comment on them. Last year went to a Red WIngs game. Paid $40 to park somewhat under an overpass (not complaining about the parking fee), but walked past groups of people that left me wondering if I may get rolled in the lot in or coming out after the game. Sad to see blocks upon blocks of large homes needing to be demolished, with one well maintained home that stands out.

Visited February 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Slowly becoming one of the favorite cities”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

I've always had a special place for Detroit, having our home office there I do get to visit on a seldom occasion. The city has seen some real revitalization in the last couple of years. The 3 nights I spent there this last week, we would just park in a $5 parking area and walk around the city. Didn't feel unsafe at all, we had a blast, bar hoping before and after a Wings game, and before and after Greek town. Keep up the good work, the city hopefully will make destinations on the rise in the coming years.

Visited November 2013
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Somerset, New Jersey
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“Detroit is coming back, like what I see so far....”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

With more fixing up and more people coming around Detroit is looking good future wise. Right now there's plenty to do if you know where to look. The casino's seem to be a main attraction outside the many bars and restaurants in the area. I wouldn't mind going back.

Visited October 2013
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Cambridge, Maryland
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“Perfect way to see Detroit.”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

We used ShowmeDetroit.com for a personalized tour of Detroit. It was a great way to see the city. Pat Haller was the dream tour guide because she was a native and had a great perspective as to what was happening in this once-great city. We left with a good feeling that Detroit had a great future ahead, Pat was easy going, showing us the good and the bad, including places that maybe were not on bigger tour bus routes, and we felt that she was more like a friend than a hired guide. We recommend this tour for all visitors to Detroit.

Visited October 2013
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