Detroit has lots of nicknames: Motown, the Motor City, Hockeytown, Rock City... It's hard to keep up with them all! But each represents some of what makes Detroit unique and what has been important to the development of this city. Detroit is known for being the home of America's major auto-makers, but there's a lot more going on in the local economy. Major companies like Compuware, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and OnStar have offices in the city and Quicken Loans recently moved its headquarters to the heart of downtown.
Urban renewal projects in downtown Detroit are helping to bring back this industrial city for residents as well as these businesses. Revitalized parks like Lafayette Park and Campus Martius Park have created great public open spaces. Belle Isle Park is the largest island park in the nation, located in the Detroit River. It offers great attractions like a half-mile long beach, a wintertime ice skating rink, a fishing pier, and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum where you can learn about the history of the great lakes region. The music scene has been historically very important to Detroit, with the Motown style emerging from local clubs. Today, Detroit remains important to the hip hop and techno genres, giving music buffs lots of opportunities to see great new acts.
New construction downtown is providing luxury high rises at affordable prices, drawing in a growing population of young professionals. There are lots of people retiring to Detroit as well; Money Magazine recently named downtown the best city neighborhood for retirees in America. With so much to do and great local spirit, it's no surprise. Urban farming is a big deal in Detroit, too. People of all ages love the weekly Eastern Market, where booths sell everything from flowers to locally grown produce to maple syrup. Restaurants are very dedicated to the local movement. Le Petit Zinc, for example, only serves food grown within the city limits.
The larger metro area has a lot of development as well. People are drawn to the amenities of the city, the beautiful Michigan scenery, and the affordable cost of new homes. One of the surrounding suburban towns will surely meet your family's specific needs and all have great parks, schools and access to the city. Detroit is one of only 12 cities to have teams in all of the professional leagues: the Pistons, the Tigers, the Lions, and the Red Wings. No matter what sport is your favorite, you'll have a whole season to attend games and cheer along with your fellow citizens of Detroit.
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