Christmas in Detroit: A Downtown Being Reborn

Sights and scenes from around Downtown Detroit during the holiday season.

About Downtown Detroit

In the midst of a transformational building boom, Detroit is a rapidly-changing, dynamic city and a hotspot for new development.

1,041 - Total residential units completed in 2018 or currently under construction

2,375 - Estimated number of residential units in the pipeline

73,305 - Total number of downtown employees

Source: Downtown Detroit Partnership

1. Fort Street Gallery is a 9,000-square-foot food hall that opened in October 2018 in the historic Federal Reserve Building.

2. Developed by Detroit-based The Roxbury Group, The Griswold is a $24 million, 80 unit apartment building completed in 2017 on top of an existing 10-story parking garage.

3. Baltimore-based Under Armour [opened a 17,200-square-foot stor]( on the corner of Woodward Avenue and State Street in spring 2017.

“This is about a lifestyle and how people are living,” said Susie McCabe, Under Armour’s senior vice president of global retail. You’ve got 11 million people that visit Detroit annually. Detroit, from a city perspective, has so many connections to the Under Armour brand from a grit perspective, from an up-and-comer perspective.”

4. One of five principal avenues of the city, Woodward Avenue is known as “Detroit’s Main Street”.

5. One of five principal avenues of the city, Woodward Avenue is known as “Detroit’s Main Street”.

6. Symbolizing Detroit’s storied hospitality past, while representing the city’s prosperous future, the $100 million, 129-room Shinola Hotel was completed in November 2018.

“Detroit is an authentic city and when you step into the living room, it feels like an authentic experience,” said Shinola Hotel General Manager, Elliot Broom.

7. The Detroit Institute of Music Education (also known as “DIME”) was established in 2014. The for-profit college occupies 15,000 square-feet in the historic Bamlet Building.

8. Launched in May 2017 with 430 red and black bicycles at 43 stations, MoGo is Detroit’s public bike share system.

  1. Originally lost as Woodward Avenue was reconfigured to accommodate cars, Campus Martius Park is a 1.2-acre space that was re-established in 2004. The epicenter of Downtown Detroit’s renaissance, the park was the first-ever winner of the prestigious, international Urban Land Institute Urban Open Space Award.

10. Located on the site of a former bus transfer station, Cadillac Square Park was re-established as a park in summer 2007.

Once the site of the Detroit Central Market, Cadillac Square is a re-established park that lies immediately to the east of Campus Martius Park. Cadillac Square is home to the relocated Bagley Memorial Fountain, the seasonal pop-up Detroit Sports Zone, Food Trucks that rally daily in the square during the week, and a variety of seating to enjoy amidst beautiful perennial gardens.