The hub of all things cultural in Detroit, the Cultural Center Historic District in the city encompasses three sites which are the most famous historic landmarks of the city: Detroit Public Library, Horace H. Rackham Education Memorial Building and Detroit institute of Arts. The area of the Cultural Center has many different museums about topics very important to Detroit. This historical place is a must visit for all visitors to the city.
Operated by the Detroit Historical Society, these ongoing tours of historic Detroit churches have been popular since 1972. Churches on the tours include Bethel A.M.E., Catholic Church of the Madonna and many others that highlight significant aspects of local history as well as architectural features. The tours include a luncheon served at one of the churches. To ensure a space, book well in advance.
Detroit came to the fore as the headquarters of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, but the White Flight and Oil Crisis of the 1970s dealt the 'Motor City' a harsh blow, one that left it paralyzed for decades on end. It has now undergone a renewal. Empty lots have been transformed into urban farms and abandoned buildings now house museums and cultural centers. A fresh wave of ingenuity is the driving force behind the city's revitalization, spurred by an influx of youth. The flourishing street art makes for a colorful backdrop to the rebirth of the city, and architectural monuments like the Guardian Building have been restored. The Woodward Avenue theater district hosts a refreshing milieu of classics and premiers, the beautifully restored Fox Theater its crown jewel. The stadium at Comerica Park is the home of the Detroit Tigers, while the Lions play at the Ford Field nearby. Places of interest include the Motown Museum that celebrates the soundtrack of the city's heyday, while the vast Henry Ford Museum is a testament to the very pioneering spirit that now feeds the city's new lease on life. The city's culinary scene is on the rise as well with innovative chefs and local distilleries leading the way. With its many parks, museums and theaters, Detroit is roaring back to life.