Signs of new life are everywhere in downtown Detroit. It is currently experiencing one of the largest urban redevelopment booms in the country. New businesses are finding homes in old buildings. From restaurants and retail to new lofts and condominiums, more young urban professionals and empty nesters continue to flock to downtown Detroit.


The past few years have marked a renaissance of renovation in the downtown area. Several businesses have either moved their headquarters downtown or have brought more employees downtown. They include large companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Compuware, DTE Energy, General Motors, Quicken Loans and Strategic Staffing Solutions, as well as many small entrepreneurs.

There is always something to do in downtown Detroit. The theater district has more than 13,000 seats. There are three pro sports teams, three casinos and the RiverWalk, which has bike paths, a carousel, fountains, a marina and parks. You can hop on the People Mover to explore the city. There are bike rentals, Broadway musicals and plays, local, national and international music, a professional opera theater and more. If you’re a sports fan, take in a game at Comerica Park, Ford Field or Joe Louis Arena — all are just minutes away from each other.

Foodies can also rejoice. The number of different restaurants at downtown residents’ disposal is enviable. From Greek and Italian to German and Cuban, downtown truly has it all.

For outdoor enthusiasts, spend some time in the award-winning Campus Martius Park. Located at the heart of the neighborhood and downtown on Woodward Avenue, this park is the crossroads to major downtown activities. Take a stroll along the river on the RiverWalk. Part of the new 31-acre William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor, the RiverWalk will ultimately stretch from Gabriel Richard Park near the MacArthrur (Belle Isle) Bridge to the Ambassador Bridge by Belle Isle.