Moving to Detroit? The Motor City is perhaps best known for its legacy as the country’s automotive center, but those who live there know the city has much more to offer. From family attractions, festivals and museums to dining and nightlife, Detroit can satisfy the needs of families and young professionals alike. In recent years, the city has been revitalized with new public parks and even a cruise ship dock near the theater district. Even with the new construction, the city has worked hard to preserve the cities many historic areas and architectural icons.
Detroit and Ford’s symbiotic relationships began when Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. Ford brought concept of modern assembly lines to life and revolutionized the transportation industry with the introduction of the Model T automobile in 1908. Experience Ford from the beginning at the Henry Ford Museum, which offers historic driving tours, assembly plant walking tours, and an IMAX theater.
Of course automobiles are not the only thing to have come from Detroit. Even before Ford’s arrival, Detroit was known for manufacturing cigars and kitchen ranges. The city also represents an important place in music history as the home to the record music company Motown. Many popular bands and singers were influenced by Detroit, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Eminem, and Kid Rock. To experience the Detroit’s music scene, visit one of the city’s music venues: Energy Music Theatre, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Electronic Music Festival and Detroit Opera House.
There are a host of other museums and attractions throughout Detroit, including the Motor Sports Hall of Fame, which chronicles the achievements of motorsports heroes of land, sea and air. Learn the history of Detroit’s people, geography, architecture, sports, automotive and radio industries at the Detroit Historical Museum. The Detroit Institute of Arts went through a major renovation in 2007 and will re-open with 60,000 works of arts, including styles of American, European, Asian, graphic and contemporary. The Museum of African American History is the largest museum dedicated to African American history in the country. Live the story of African Americans beginning in prehistoric Africa, crossing the Atlantic and life in the States. And of course, you’ll find plenty of sports in Detroit, including the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, MLB’s Detroit Tigers, NFL’s Detroit Lions, and NHL’s Detroit Red Wings.
Detroit’s many neighborhoods add character and historic charm to the city. The downtown area high rises are an especially attractive place to live because of the spectacular views of Ontario, Canada. Lafayette Park is an urban renewal project including a 19 acre park, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some neighborhoods are centered around local universities, such as the Midtown and the New Center areas. Midtown is great place for students and residents to live, as well as a popular tourist destination during the Detroit Festival of the Arts.