Another narrative, however, is the nascent story of Detroit’s attempt at renewing its downtown area. Walking through the downtown area on a summer afternoon, I came across this:
Bob Goldsmith lives and works in downtown Detroit and gives informative walking tours of the area. His tour started at 1515 Broadway (which is a café featured in Detropia). Showing examples of still-standing abandoned buildings that included the Renaissance Revival-style Wurlitzer Building (c. 1920s), he also pointed out singular buildings including the Art Deco Guardian Building (1929) and Minoru Yamasaki’s One Woodward Avenue skyscraper (1962).
After the tour, I stopped into non-profit, D:Hive, a brick-and-mortar space that connects visitors, individuals and organizations with resources to live and work in Detroit. It’s worth a stop-in if you’re looking for visualized city data, classes for start-ups, networks for potential collaboration, or just tips about downtown Detroit.