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Father & Son Trip to the Northeast Part 2

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A January 2008 trip to Detroit by RoBoNC

North American International Auto Show Photo, Detroit, Michigan More Photos
Quote: Detroit, the automotive capital of the world, exposed us to Ford HQ, great Greek food, and Windsor, Detroit's sister city in Canada.

Father & Son Trip to the Northeast Part 2

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Overview

North American International Auto Show Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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The other part of this trip was spent in Detroit, otherwise known as the "Motor City" and "Motown." Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and the 11th largest in the United States. Detroit sits north of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, making it the only place in the United States where Canada is south of it. With the metro areas of Detroit and Windsor, the population is nearly 6 million people. The two cities are vital to each other countries economies as people cross the border everyday for work. Detroit is vital to the automotive industry of the United States. Detroit is headquarters for the Big Three automobile companies; General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. The city also hosts the Nort...Read More
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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The Renaissance Center is an impressive set of buildings located in the heart of downtown Detroit overlooking the International Riverfront. The Renaissance Center is seven interconnected skyscrapers which are all owned by General Motors and is also the site of their world headquarters. The central tower houses the Detroit Marriott making it the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere and is the largest building in Detroit. For anyone who has ever stayed at a Marriott hotel, the name is synonymous with luxury, comfort, quality, and excellent customer service. The hotel consists of seventy-three floors with 1,298 rooms and 27 meeting rooms with a total of 100,000 square feet...Read More

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Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
RENAISSANCE CENTER
Detroit, Michigan 48243
313-568-8000

Greektown

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Attraction

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While Greece may be the preferred place to get great Greek food, to most that is impracticable. However, Detroit has Greektown, a mixture of Greek restaurants, clubs, and Las Vegas mixed in. Greektown was originally developed by the Germans in the 1830's as a residential community. Then in the early 1900's, the Germans moved out and the newly arrived Greeks moved in and began opening up retail shops and restaurants. Then over the ensuing decades, Polish, Lebanese, Italians, and Mexicans moved into what residential spaces were left. Then in the late 60's, it was reduced to one block and fearing that the neighborhood was in danger, the Greek community came to revive it. Greektown is now a tourist ...Read More

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The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village

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Attraction | "Henry Ford Museum"

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The River Rouge Plant, or commonly referred to as The Rouge, is Ford's largest automobile factor as well as the largest integrated factory in the world. The Rouge was built in 1928 and is 1.5 miles wide by 1 mile long. The complex includes the Rouge Plant along with 93 other buildings for a total of 16 million square feet of factory floor space. The factory has its own docks on the Rouge River, 100 miles of interior railroad tracks, as well as its own electricty plant and ore processing facility. The Rouge was instrumental in building the Ford Model A, the first vehicle built in the facility. It later went on to produce the Mercury, Thunderbird, and four decades of the Mustang. Today the Rouge p...Read More

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The Henry Ford, Museum and Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
(313) 271-1570

North American International Auto Show

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North American International Auto Show Photo, Detroit, Michigan
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The North American International Auto Show is an auto show held every year in January in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is the obvious choice since the city is home to the three largest automobile companies in the US; Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors, also known as the "Big Three". The Auto Show was first held in Detroit in 1907 and it has been held there every year except during the years of 1943-1952. Since 1961, the show has been held at the Cobo Center, which has over 1 million square feet of floor space. The show begins with preview days just for the press, then for the auto industry itself, and then a day to raise money for charity, before open up the show to the general public. As ...Read More

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North American International Auto Show
One Washington Blvd
Detroit, Michigan 48226
+1 248 643 0250