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.
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