Sights and Scenes: Midtown Detroit

Sights and scenes from one of Detroit's revitalizing urban neighborhoods: Midtown Detroit

Situated between Downtown Detroit and New Center, Midtown is a mixed-use neighborhood undergoing significant redevelopment. Surrounded by freeways, the neighborhood is home to some of Detroit’s largest employers, including the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University.

According to the 2020 census, the 2-09 square mile neighborhood has witnessed its population increase to 16,921.

Anchored by the Woodward Avenue corridor, the neighborhood is becoming a good example of the clustering of complementing uses within a compact setting.

A virtual tour of Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Avenue

Woodward Avenue is one of the five principal avenues of Detroit. Platted in 1805 by Judge Augustus B. Woodward, the highway is called “Detroit’s Main Street.” Woodward serves as the central commercial spine through Midtown Detroit.

The QLINE is a 3.3-mile long modern streetcar line that connects Midtown with Downtown Detroit and New Center. Completed in 2017, the streetcar line runs along Woodward Avenue for its entire route.

Opened in 2017, the $862.9 million Little Caesars Arena is the home of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The flagship of a new $2.1 billion, 650,000 square foot sports and entertainment district, the arena is designed to be surrounded by offices, retail shops and restaurants.

The four-story, 125,000 square foot Wayne State University Mike Ilitch School of Business. Completed in 2018, the was made possible by a $40 million gift from Little Caesars Pizza founders Mike and Marian Ilitch.

This building was completed in 1889 to house the First Presbyterian Church. Since 1992, it has been the home of a Christian theological institution called the Ecumenical Theological Seminary.

The Fine Arts Theatre was designed by C. Howard Crane and completed in 1914. Crane was the architect of the famous Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit.

Cafe Alto is a cafe and coffee shop that opened in 2021.

Bakersfield is a Cincinnati-based taco and tequila themed restaurant concept that opened its Midtown location in 2017.

The intersection of Woodward and Erskine.

The Peterboro Place Apartments.

The Scott at Brush Park is a 200 unit luxury apartment and retail complex.

The Carola Building is a historic mid-rise built in 1912 and completely renovated in 2003. The Carola features warehouse-style lofts and offers gated parking.

Completed in 2021, 200 Edmund is a new luxutry apartment development in Brush Park.

The Flats at City Modern are a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit community for residents age 55 and up. At ground level, the development includes a Saucy Brew Works brew pub.

Saucy Brew Works is a Cleveland-based brewery with locations in Ohio City, Columbus, Orange (Ohio) and Detroit.