Detroit Apartments for Rent
Question: what’s the only major US city from which travelers drive south to cross into Canada? The answer is “the D,” otherwise known as Detroit.The city is actually north of Windsor, Ontario.
Detroit may have blue collar roots, but today it buzzes with new life and massive revitalization efforts, and is currently enjoying one of the largest urban redevelopment booms in the US as it evolves into a cosmopolitan city.
Young urban professionals, eager to be a part of this exciting renaissance, are pouring into redeveloped neighborhoods. New restaurants, shopping venues, lofts and condominiums such as Watermark join historic galleries, theaters and music venues to paint a new picture of Downtown Detroit.
Detroit is the largest city in Michigan, and a major port on the Detroit River. The city is known as the world’s traditional automotive center, so much so that the word, “Detroit” is commonly used as a figure of speech for the American automobile industry.
It wasn’t always so; during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Detroit was referred to as the “Paris of the West” for its extravagant architecture, gilded mansions and newly-electrified streets that accompanied the rise of shipping, shipbuilding and manufacturing industries. In 1896, young Henry Ford built his first automobile on Mack Avenue, and was soon followed by the Dodge brothers, Mr. Packard and Mr. Chrysler. The rest is history.
In the 1990s, the city began to receive a much-needed revival. One Detroit Center, three new casinos and new downtown stadiums for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions gave the city a new skyline and breathed new life into the Downtown and Midtown areas; the historic Book Cadillac Hotel and the Fort Shelby Hotel reopened for the first time in over 20 years.
Today, the city’s riverfront offers miles of parks and fountains, a river walk connects Hart Plaza to the Renaissance Center, and residents of Detroit once again have reason to take pride in their beautiful city.