Thursday, January 3, 2013

Made In Michigan: Downtown Detroit

Today is the first post for my Made in Michigan posts that will run on Thursdays throughout 2013. I'm starting with Detroit. Just saying the word evokes all kinds of images, instantly. Mostly they are bad but people forget about what made Detroit the Paris of the West as D.E. Johnson puts it in his books about Detroit in turn of the century when dozens of companies were building cars.

Pregame show before Little Caesar's Bowl
While some of that glitz and glamour is gone, the energy is still there. Last week we were in downtown to watch the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl with Central Michigan University playing Western Kentucky. We walked around down town from our hotel by the Renaissance Center to Ford Field where the game was played. We saw lots of people ice skating on an outdoor rink lite with Christmas lights.

It is hard to see skaters on right side.
There were lots of people downtown for a variety of events including wrestling and the Greek Town casinos. It was fun and safe. It can be dangerous in Detroit like any city people prey on the weak but we weren't stupid advertising to be robbed and I never felt vulnerable like I have in some cities.

If you are looking for a stay-cation or a quick weekend trip, check out downtown Detroit. It has so much to offer!

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