I'm all about this development.
"Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May 4 Deck's Tag Team, Juan Atkins & Eddie Fowlkes"
I want to spend a few hours checking out Detroit, not in a disaster-porn kinda way, but an small attempt to actually see the place. Any locals have any suggestions?
Yea, that answer is ridiculous. Sounds like someone from the suburbs who was afraid of downtown and never really went there anyway. As for "seeing" Detroit, I'd just get out and about, though having a car would make it easier.
For more touristy things, the Institute of Arts has one of the largest collections in the US (and is pretty close to the hotels / festival). Worth visiting for the Diego Rivera murals, but they have a pretty well rounded collection in general. (Think about how much money was coming into Detroit in the first half of the 20th Century). I've heard the Detroit Historical Society exhibits are decent too. "Greektown" is super touristy but there are a couple of OK places to eat. I went to the Motown Museum a long time ago and remember it being pretty underwhelming.
I'd probably just focus on architecture, whether the stuff that's still standing and inhabited, or the stuff that's abandoned and in decay.
I'm sure you've seen this stuff:
^^ I'd really like to visit some of those. I don't think of Detroit as being really all that dangerous, but of course if you're going to go poking around condemned or abandoned buildings, you'd want to be careful.
As far as seeing Detroit:
There are techno bike tours here: http://www.wheelhousedetroit.com/tou...aspx?tourid=32
If you are awake on Saturday going to the Eastern Market is always good people watching. http://www.detroiteasternmarket.com/ Farm fresh fruit, homemade goods, stores, restaurants, artists galleries. Best pizza joint in the city is Suppinos right on the side of the market. Nice graffiti around there too. Plus bonus points if you see others walking around with a Movement wrist band! In fact this would be the most "authentic Detroit" experience.
Russell Industrial Center is a huge artists community. They have a bazaar open but I have heard the merch available isn't the best (thinks socks, belts and used CD/DVD's). But some of the artists there have their studios open to check out stuff. Haven't done this myself but there are legitimate galleries there. http://ricdetroit.org/2010/?id=home
Guardian building lobby is a sight to behold. It's right downtown. Couple clothing stores and coffee shops in there as well.
Heidelberg would be a short cab away from the city but is always pretty cool. http://www.heidelberg.org/
Just walking around the midtown area (where old miami is) is neat. It's thriving again. A few stores, restaurants, wayne state university, DIA, Historical museum, artist galleries are all in this area. http://detroitmidtown.com/05/directory.php?msub=6
For the good Christians out there there are many architecturally fascinating churches in the downtown and surrounding areas. Sweetest Heart of Mary, Old St. Mary's, SS peter and paul jesuit, holy trinity etc. etc. Google those names or historic detroit churches and you could spend a day checking them out!
As far as seeing the abandoned buildings:
I don't do it but it is done quite often. Do be careful and it is not recommended. Some moron, and it happens about once a month, had to get rescued from falling down a few flights of stairs in the train station last week. Plus in most of the buildings illegal scrapping is going on and you don't want to get caught up with those people. Also most of the buildings in and around downtown are either being rehabbed, have been torn down, or are better secured lately. (Places I have heard lately require ladders to get in and dodging security guards.) You have to go some of the outlying warehouse areas and most of those buildings aren't all that significant really and are more dangerous and loaded with scrappers. If you want to go back home saying you walked around an abandoned building in Detroit go ahead and give it a shot I guess, but it could be a quick way to end your weekend.
Restaurants that I can recommend:
Downtown: Detroit Beer Co., Suppinos, Mudgies Deli, Russel St. Deli, Bucharest Grill, Slows BBQ, Small Plates (if you want a nice night out), American or Lafayette coney islands, Grand Trunk Pub (A.K.A. Foran's-they'll have technos throughout the weekend with awesome Michigan microbrews!!!), above Grand Trunk Pub is Motor City wine for the vino lovers out there and they are also techno music friendly, Jacoby's for good beer. Any of the bars downtown will always have a decent burger available otherwise google the rest of the places for locations and hours.
Midtown: Honest John's Bar, Union Street, Avalon Bread Co., Cass Cafe, Byblos, Slows BBQ to go (much quicker than the sit down restaurant) Motor City Brew Works (they supply the beer for Need I Say More), Traffic Jam and Snug. There are a bunch more places near the university that I am not sure will be open because the students won't be there.
Have fun! As with any city travel in a group, don't look or act like a moron.
Last edited by adamjab; 04-30-2012 at 06:18 PM.
Grand Trunk Pub/Motor City Wine is how we kind of ruined our Friday night last year. Thanks a lot, Carl Craig.
And yea, I'm hesitant to suggest prowling about abandoned buildings, but I know tons of people who've done it and no one has had a problem. I wouldn't go by myself, or at night. I think SoulDischarge would make a good bodyguard.
You *look* intimidating though.
Heidelberg Project, totally worth it.
Wow. Thanks. I'm not sure what yet, but I'm going to do something culturally relevant to absolve myself for all the nonsense the rest of trip.
Well, frankly, I think your main purpose for the trip is culturally relevant. If you doubt me, you should check out that techno bike tour that was mentioned.
I pay tribute to Detroit by listening to Motown and techno while getting trashed each morning in the hotel.
And another one:
Tempting. Circo Loco was a lot of fun last year.
can a richie or minus show be expected during the weekend?
Richie pops up pretty much every year in one form or another but apparently often announces his parties very late. Also, a while back the DEMF facebook page operator hinted at him being around the festival in some capacity, for what it's worth.
Failing that, Items & Things is essentially M-nus 2.0 (Magda, Troy Pierce, Marc Houle) so you can get your fix at the Down & Out party.
Pro: My Crew is in the Westin
Pro: Not a Mariott
Con: My crew is in the Westin
Marriott Courtyard is like across the street from Hart Plaza. Haven't heard anything bad about it. But, everything is pretty close.
I think most of us are staying in what has been dubbed the "Troubletree"
And I am almost certain that boarder's "crew" is way more trouble than you're looking to get into that weekend.
I've got tons of MDNA if you're into that kind of thing...
11/22: The Joy Formidable @ Rickshaw Stop
11/27: Interstellar Funk, PAN label showcase, M.E.S.H @ f8
11/28: Szare (live), Hodge @ f8
11/28: Nick Hoppner @ Monarch
12/1: The Dandy Warhols @ GAMH
12/4: !!! @ Slim's
12/5: Deerhunter @ 9:30 Club
12/6: Deerhunter @ Union Transfer
12/9: Kiasmos @ Mezzanine
12/11: HEALTH @ The Independent
"How long will this last, this delicious feeling of being alive, of having penetrated the veil which hides beauty and the wonders of celestial vistas? It doesn't matter, as there can be nothing but gratitude for even a glimpse of what exists for those who can become open to it."
And for your Monday evening entertainment... because guedita has to run out of movies sometime.
Oh man. I just realized that is the venue that was hopelessly oversold last year, for the Magda party I never got into. If going to this, probably want to get over there ASAP after the fest.