See the Incredible Detroit Renaissance! Detroit is in the midst of a comeback unlike that of any other major American city, including more than 70 new restaurants in two years, gorgeous adaptive re-use of historic hotels and other buildings, and the revitalization of its riverfront. Here, a look at the people and places that are writing the city’s next chapter. Budget Travel Monday, Dec 14, 2015, 5:00 PM Farm-fresh produce is available at Eastern Market year-round. Shed 2 sells fresh produce from local farms on Saturdays all year and Tuesdays June through October. (Meredith Heuer) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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See the Incredible Detroit Renaissance!

Detroit is in the midst of a comeback unlike that of any other major American city, including more than 70 new restaurants in two years, gorgeous adaptive re-use of historic hotels and other buildings, and the revitalization of its riverfront. Here, a look at the people and places that are writing the city’s next chapter.

  • Farm-fresh produce is available at Eastern Market year-round. Shed 2 sells fresh produce from local farms on Saturdays all year and Tuesdays June through October.
  • Maria Perfect Peace plays trumpet and sings classic jazz tunes outside Eastern Market.
  • Motown’s original HQ, purchased in 1959 by Berry Gordy, is a perfect photo op.
  • A quote about the city from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
  • This gem in a tiny standalone building was once an abandoned diner. Lucy Carnanghi owns the restaurant with her cousin Molly Mitchell; they say their mission is for all employees to be paid a living wage.
  • Lucy Carnanghi, co-owner of Roses Fine Foods.
  • MOCAD. A sunny outlook at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
  • Live DJs and a full food and drink menu are part of the brand-new museum café’s modern vibe.
  • Artist Rob Pruitt has made a painting of Barack Obama every day since he entered office.
  • Fred Simmons. Dancer/actor/massage therapist Fred Simmons rips it up on Belle Isle Park, in the middle of the Detroit River.
  • Diego Rivera’s four-wall fresco Detroit Industry is one of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ ma- jor draws. A 2007 renovation and expansion brought the museum’s number of galleries to more than 100.
  • A barista demonstrates the fine art of pourover coffee.
  • American manufacturing company Shinola recently opened a factory in Detroit. High-end bicycles are part of the company’s repertoire.
  • Marquinda Yeager used to work in a Ford plant; now she works at Shinola.
  • Watch straps are crafted and watches are assembled in Shinola’s Detroit factory. Make an appointment to take a tour.
  • Musician Shaw before his regular show at Cliff Bell’s. Housed in a downtown building designed by architect Albert Kahn, the dazzling bar opened in 1935 and closed 50 years later. It reopened in 2005 and offers live jazz and blues music and a full menu.
  • SW Detroit. Splashes of color on Desmond Street between Waterman and Casgrain. Murals are also plentiful on Southwest Detroit’s main boulevard, Vernor Highway, and at the TAP Gallery, an alley lined with garage-door murals.
  • The old Grand Trunk railroad line is now a 1.35-mile-long scenic path.
  • A favorite watering hole for Detroit politicians in the 1980s, D’Mongo’s closed in the ’90s when the neighborhood became dangerous. Young hipsters pressed owner Larry Mongo to reopen, and in 2008, he did.
  • Larry Mongo, Owner of DMongos in Detroit
  • In 1998, for a handshake, Olayme Dabl was given the property where he now has his bead shop and museum. Dabl, a born storyteller, has completely covered his row house in mosaic.
  • More than 70 new restaurants have sprung up in Detroit in two years.
  • This pawn shop facade is fool’s gold; there’s actually a restaurant inside.
  • A pawn shop no longer, Gold Cash Gold was converted into a restaurant a year and a half ago.
  • Sous chef Reid Shipman holds the restaurant’s signature pickled brine fried chicken with pepper gravy.
  • A beet trio salad made of chioga beets and Detroit red beets.
  • The revolution will be televised, at least according to this street art spotted in a back parking lot in Midtown Detroit.

Farm-fresh produce is available at Eastern Market year-round. Shed 2 sells fresh produce from local farms on Saturdays all year and Tuesdays June through October.

(Meredith Heuer)

Maria Perfect Peace plays trumpet and sings classic jazz tunes outside Eastern Market.

(Meredith Heuer)

Welcome to Hitsville, U.S.A. Detroit's Motown Museum, the original HQ purchased in 1959 by Berry Gordy, is a perfect photo op.

(Meredith Heuer)

A quote about the city from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby.

(Meredith Heuer)

This gem in a tiny standalone building now known as Rose's Fine Foods was once an abandoned diner. Lucy Carnanghi owns the restaurant with her cousin Molly Mitchell—they say their mission is for all employees to be paid a living wage.

(Meredith Heuer)

Lucy Carnanghi, co-owner of Rose's Fine Foods.

(Meredith Heuer)

A sunny outlook at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

(Meredith Heuer)

Live DJs and a full food and drink menu are part of the brand-new MOCAD museum café’s modern vibe.

(Meredith Heuer)

Artist Rob Pruitt has made a painting of President Barack Obama every day at MOCAD since he entered office.

(Meredith Heuer)

Dancer/actor/massage therapist Fred Simmons rips it up on Belle Isle Park, in the middle of the Detroit River.

(Meredith Heuer)

Diego Rivera’s four-wall fresco Detroit Industry is one of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ major draws. A 2007 renovation and expansion brought the museum’s number of galleries to more than 100.

(Meredith Heuer)

A barista demonstrates the fine art of pourover coffee at Astro Coffee.

(Meredith Heuer)

American manufacturing company Shinola recently opened a factory in Detroit. High-end bicycles are part of the company’s repertoire.

(Meredith Heuer)

Marquinda Yeager used to work in a Ford plant; now she works at Shinola.

(Meredith Heuer)

Watch straps are crafted and watches are assembled in Shinola’s Detroit factory. Make an appointment to take a tour.

(Meredith Heuer)

Musician Harmonica Shaw before his regular show at Cliff Bell’s. Housed in a downtown building designed by architect Albert Kahn, the dazzling bar opened in 1935 and closed 50 years later. It reopened in 2005 and offers live jazz and blues music and a full menu.

(Meredith Heuer)

Splashes of color on Desmond Street between Waterman and Casgrain. Murals are also plentiful on Southwest Detroit’s main boulevard, Vernor Highway, and at the TAP Gallery, an alley lined with garage-door murals.

(Meredith Heuer)

The old Grand Trunk railroad line is now a 1.35-mile-long scenic path called the Dequindre Cut Greenway Trail.

(Meredith Heuer)

A favorite watering hole for Detroit politicians in the 1980s, Café D’Mongo’s Speakeasy closed in the ’90s when the neighborhood became dangerous. Young hipsters pressed owner Larry Mongo to reopen, and in 2008, he did.

(Meredith Heuer)

Larry Mongo, Owner of D'Mongo's in Detroit.

(Meredith Heuer)

In 1998, for a handshake, Olayme Dabl was given the property where he now has his bead shop and museum, Dabl's African Bead Gallery. Dabl, a born storyteller, has completely covered his row house in mosaic.

(Meredith Heuer)

More than 70 new restaurants have sprung up in Detroit in two years.

(Meredith Heuer)

Gold Cash Gold Pawn Shop's facade is fool’s gold; there’s actually a restaurant inside.

(Meredith Heuer)

A pawn shop no longer, Gold Cash Gold was converted into a restaurant a year and a half ago.

(Meredith Heuer)

Sous chef Reid Shipman holds Gold Cash Gold’s signature pickled brine fried chicken with pepper gravy.

(Meredith Heuer)

A beet trio salad made of chioga beets and Detroit red beets at Gold Cash Gold.

(Meredith Heuer)

The revolution will be televised, at least according to this street art spotted in a back parking lot in Midtown Detroit.

(Meredith Heuer)
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