Detroit Journals

The New Detroit

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An October 2000 trip to Detroit by Re Carroll

Belle Isle Photo, Detroit, Michigan More Photos
Quote: Big bad Detroit has softened up and has lots of fun things to do in the downtown core.

The New Detroit

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The Motor City Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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Although it used to be a high crime city, downtown Detroit has been undergoing a revitalization and has been transformed into a lively, bustling area. Many of the old buildings have been cleaned and restored and are now designated as heritage buildings, including the Motown Museum. Even the Detroit River has been proclaimed a heritage river because it played a major role for slaves who escaped to freedom in Canada. The riverfront has a nice walking trail and is home to parties and celebrations including the Ethnic Festival held every summer. The People Mover rapid transit system whisks people along the waterfront and into Greektown which is home to lots of shops, restaurants and...Read More

Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe

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Restaurant | "Fishbones Rhythm Kitchen Cafe"

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Located in Greektown, this cajun restaurant is loud, fun & has great food. If you're feeling adventurous, try the aligator appetizer or crawfish etoufee. The jambalaya is very good and lots of people recommend the whiskey ribs. If you have room for dessert, the Bourbon Street bread pudding is a winner! Kids like the colourful, plastic "Mardi Gras" beads that you get when leaving the restaurant.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe
400 Monroe St
Detroit, Michigan 48226
+1 313 965 4600

Pizza Papalis

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Restaurant | "Pizza Papolis"

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This popular pizza parlour serves great pizza (try the vegetarian or meat lovers) with a spicy tomato sauce and thick crust. You can also get salads & appetizers (try the antipasto salad or garlic cheese bread - a meal in itself). There are a couple of locations in the suburbs as well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Pizza Papalis
553 Monroe Street
Detroit, Michigan 48226
(313) 961-8020

Motown Historical Museum

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Attraction | "The Motown Museum"

Motown Historical Museum Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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As a 60’s kid growing up across the river in Canada, I spent hours signing along to the music of the Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and others. My friend’s living room became our stage where we attempted (with little success) to copy the smooth moves of these soul groups. Returning many years later to Detroit, I knew that I had to make a visit to the Motown Museum. It is designated as an official historical site for the State of Michigan and is located in the original two story house, named Hitsville U.S.A., where many of the 60s hits were recorded. The house was purchased in the late 1950s by Motown founder Berry Gordy and the main floor was converted into a rec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Motown Historical Museum
2648 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48202
+1 313 875 2264

Belle Isle

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Attraction

Belle Isle Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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This large park of approx. 1,000 acres is actually an island and can be reached via bridge from downtown. It's usually pretty busy on summer weekends - especially if there are fireworks happening. Among the attractions are a golf course, clean sandy beach with lifeguard, model yacht basin and lighthouse and it's a great place to jog, fly a kite or whatever takes your fancy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Belle Isle
Belle Isle
Detroit, Michigan 48207
+1 313 852 4082

Ethnic Festival

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On weekends in the summer, there is music, ethnic food & crafts at various booths along the waterfront. Lots of people & lots of fun.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000