Signs of new life are everywhere in downtown Detroit. It is currently experiencing one of the largest urban redevelopment booms in the country. New businesses are finding homes in old buildings. From restaurants and retail to new lofts and condominiums, more young urban professionals and empty nesters continue to flock to Downtown Detroit. It offers a quintessential city lifestyle with a small town vibe.
Dining and Shopping
Fashion and food are big in Detroit. The Somerset City Lofts on Merchants Row brings the same upscale you’ll find at Somerset in Troy, only on a much smaller scale.
A stroll along the river on the RiverWalk is always a wonderful outing. Part of the new 31-acre Tricentennial State Park, the RiverWalk will ultimately stretch from Gabriel Richard Park near the MacArthrur (Belle Isle) Bridge to the Ambassador Bridge by Belle Isle.
The number of different restaurants, however, at the Downtown resident’s disposal is enviable. From Greek to Italian to German to Cuban: Downtown has it all.
Other services that have bolstered Downtown residents’ quality of life have opened recently, too … a day spa, florists and several shops in places like the Guardian Building and Renaissance Center, which has its own movie theater.
With a wealth of great venues, the music scene in this part of Detroit percolates. Both urbanites and suburban visitors regularly flock to clubs like Saint Andrew’s Hall and the Shelter, as well as the larger Fillmore (formerly the State Theatre), to see an array of local and national musicians. Before and after the show, you can grab a drink at one of the many popular new watering holes. Near the theater district, try Cliff Bell’s and the Park Bar for swanky Art Deco elegance, the Town Pump for corner bar cool, or Pulse for minimalist design. Jacoby’s, closer to Greektown, is also ideal if you’re hankering for a pint and some old-world charm complete with German sing-alongs. For a later night out, slide over to Envy or Esyleum Lounge where you can shake your groove well into the early morning hours.
Development and Sustainability
The past few years have seen a renaissance in renovation of the Downtown area. The David Broderick Tower, David Whitney Tower, Iodent Building, Elliott Building and 1001 Woodward all have planned rehabs or have already started construction.
Several businesses have either moved their headquarters Downtown or have brought more employees Downtown. They include large companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, General Motors, Quicken Loans, Strategic Staffing Solutions, as well as many small entrepreneurs.
Culture and Entertainment
There is always something to do in Downtown Detroit. The theater district has more than 13,000 seats. There are three pro sports teams, three casinos and the RiverWalk, which has bike paths, a carousel, fountains, a marina, and parks. Hop on the People Mover and explore the city. There are bike rentals, Broadway musicals and plays, local, national and international music, a professional opera theater and more.
If you’re a sports fan, take in a game at Comerica Park, Ford Field or Joe Louis Arena – all are just minutes away from each other. There are also plenty of sports-themed dining options to accompany your sporting spirit. Try Hockeytown Cafe, Cheli’s Chili Bar or the historic Ellwood Grill. Of course, veteran sports fans will make the pilgrimage to American or Lafayette Coney Island, establishments that both lay claim to inventing Detroit’s semi-official food: the Coney.