Since the Spirit of Detroit statue’s dedication in September of 1958 by Detroit sculptor Marshall Fredericks, this block of Woodward has long been a natural gathering place for Detroiters to celebrate victories, protest injustices and rally together for unity. Spirit Plaza is envisioned to serve as Detroit’s “civic square”—the city’s first-ever public space designed for all citizens to gather and engage and learn about local initiatives, as well as enjoy in civic, culinary and cultural attractions that highlight Detroit’s many voices and unique identity.