Sep 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Enjoy The Motor City

Known as the world’s traditional automotive center, Detroit is synonymous with the American automobile industry.  It is also an important source of popular music legacies celebrated by the city’s two familiar nicknames, the Motor City and Motown. The Detroit International Riverfront encompasses a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, and high rise residential areas along with Cobo Convention/Exhibition Center and Joe Louis Arena.  There are many things for seniors to see and do in this great city.

The city of Detroit, state of Michigan and the federal government have invested several hundred million dollars in the riverfront district, adding to significant investments by private companies and foundations to develop and manage this important regional asset and the city. After going through some touch economic times, Detroit seems to be on the rebound.

Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan and a major port city on the Detroit River.  It has a long history since its founding on July 24, 1701, by the Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac.  Its name originates from the French word détroit in reference to its location on the river connecting the Great Lakes, and the world étroit in French, which means narrow. In 2010, the city had a population of 713,777 and ranked as the 18th most populous city in the United States.

Architecture Helps Define Detroit for Seniors

Detroit boasts some great architecture and attracts the attention of architects and preservationists alike. Downtown Detroit is well worth a visit and in recent years the downtown area has seen tremendous growth and development.  The Official City Website provides a nice overview of a city on the rise.

Some call the city Pure Michigan and this Insider Guide provides information on tours, maps and transportation as well as how to send for a Visitor Packet. And sports…Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons and a host of minor leaguers. The Free Press can update you to the hour on all the happenings in the city.

Frommer’s Complete Guide to Detroit can help seniors plan your entire time in the city including hotels, restaurants, attractions and more as can TripAdvisor.  A message from Mayor Dave Bing invites everyone to help reshape the city, making it inviting.  If you liked that, here is his 2011 State of the City presentation.  Go Detroit!  jeb

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