It was just way-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay too nice NOT to go out and take pictures today, so that is exactly what I did. My skin is burnt to a crisp, so you all better appreciate!
80 degrees in the sun, I got on Big Red, my bike, and hit the streets of Detroit.
We'll start off with the latest and greatesf of the Motor City Casino
Future site of Studio One Apartments at South University Village
(Phase I). Actual construction should be starting very soon.
This will be a good vantage point to document the progress once it starts.
I didn't expect the clocks on the Woodbridge Senior Towers to be peaked like that. I guess it's good in that you can see the time from far away though.
This guy burned up a few months ago. I think that it is still being taken seriously for redevelopment though (Garfield Street across from MOCAD).
Hello Mr. Kitty McKittleson.
Then his brother is across the street right next to MOCAD.
The ever popular MidMed Lofts
55 W. Canfield
This building has a new home decor store called Bureau of Urban Living
located in it. See this link for details: http://www.bureauliving.com/
Another store on Cass called Spy
How 9 on Third
looks from the back.
...and the front.
Willy's Overland Lofts
is progressing very slowly on the exterior. Hopefully, the interior progress is making up for that.
Someday very soon West Willis
will become a nice, vibrant little side street.
Don't complain. This post contains some random extras...just cuz I love Detroit that much!
, which I never really new existed, looks very sharp. It's on W. Seldon.
Being from Northern Michigan, these rooftop access portals remind me of deer blinds. lol Grinell Place Lofts
MGM Grand Detroit Casino
$750,000,000 of questionable design.
, Mexicantown Area.
The new State of Michigan Welcome Center
at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing to Canaduh.
Note: the Mercado across the street really hasn't changed, so no new pics of it.
This huge complex caught fire probably almost a year ago now, but it looked to me like one of the buildings (the one on the far left) was being renovated.
There it is...anybody familiar with this project?
On the top, it says Merchandise Building
Back towndown. I got in trouble for taking this picture from the corner of the Federal Building. The security lady was really respectful, but she trash talked the city. I'm like, "dude, I live here". "I like Harrison Township", she says.
Westin Book Cadillac
I think the powerwash contrast is amazing. The dirty part doesn't even really look that dirty, so that makes the clean part immaculate!
Looking up Shelby Street.
Took a bath.
#3 casino, and my favorite because it is the tallest, the Greektown Casino
This is the site of the hotel tower, which will be taller than the Blue Cross Building in the background.
The lovely prefab is being installed on the Macomb side (north) of the structure. I'm questioning where the promised ground floor retail is suppose to be!
The view you can expect from across the water. Judging from the crane placements, there will be quite an impressive impact on the skyine as the tower rises and is topped out!
Windsor's second hotel tower to its casino complex is steadily on the rise across the river.
. This is the end of the line for the Detroit Riverwalk going east. It is almost complete all the way through the Renaissance Center to Cobo Hall. The expansion from Cobo west to the Ambassador Bridge is a future endeavor. But is an ambitious one.
These photos were taken from the Belle Isle Bridge. I REALLY hope the parkland isn't going to turn into a gigantic parking lot...
Paving paradise on Belle Isle. This is honestly a rediculous amount of concrete that has been poured in preparation for the return of the Detroit Grand Prix
which is held on Belle Isle on Labor Day weekend in September.
But...I guess the payoff is that the southern tip area of the island (closest to the skyline views) is getting a manicure. People pix.
That crap on the ground is bread.
Belle Isle is THEE destination in Detroit for family reunions.
I was so close to getting this right. Just a little up-and-to-the-left would have done it.
Pangborn Design Studio
, Iron Street. http://www.pangborndesign.com/
Iron Street Lofts
This is a section of the Detroit Riverwalk. It curves inland to bypass the Mt. Elliott Park
ship inlet. The Harbortown
complex is in the background. There are two new highrises planned for that property.
Iron Street Lofts
and the makings of the trails.
This photo shows the riverwalk becoming the same as the sidewalk.
A sneak peak from the site of the Detroit Omni Hotel
Detroit needs to embrace its French heritage a little more in the area east of downtown.
The Stinky Rose
in Rivertown almost made it, but one night fell to the Detroit fire plague.
I think it is in debate whether the building will be saved or not.
Great news on the Detroit Elevator Company Building
! It will be converted into lofts. Sales starting at the end of April I believe. This is also in Rivertown, Detroit's old (but largely destroyed) warehouse district on the rver.
Imagine the resurection of the fresh, historic orange brick! aaaah...
Luxury living on the riverfront. Good grief. lol
Recall Pangborn Design
from the photo above...this is largely Dominic Pangborn's Asian Village concept. If successful, he wants to try it in other cities too.
Jefferson and Woodward
, the origin point of the entire 7-county metro.
The Spirit of Detroit
is getting stronger...but in a really sucky economy right now.
Cadillac Square Park
: an extension of Campus Martius Park
in the heart of downtown.
From the old Bagley Fountain
is a popular game that is played at Campus Martius.
Someday this view will no longer exist as the Monroe Block
of the Campus Martius development will be built upon, blocking the Renaissance Center.
The old Kern's Clock on Woodward Avenue.
retail. Sadly, we just lost the Mark English de Mode
botique, located right next door to the brkfst house.
Looking for me downtown? Chances are you can find me here!
The Tigers played ball today...and lost...again...to the Chicago Sox.
Cheli's Chilli Bar
has become a popular attraction, especially the roof top area during awesome day's like today.
bisects the dual stadiums.
The Elwood Bar
was moved to this location on wheels, from a different one a few blocks away.
I thought I smelled something foul. U of M's in town.
, Woodward Avenue, Midtown/Brush Park.
The Kahn-designed building just north of the Crystal Lofts.
North Brush Park
And coming full-circle of this tour is the Whitney
Restaurant, finally visible with some trimming of the shrubbery and new ownership.