Posted by: Kath Usitalo | June 17, 2010

Dig Downtown Detroit

Dig tomatoes? Find your fill at Eastern Market on a self-guided tour suggested at

Did you know you can see the Detroit Riverfront via rickshaw or Segway? Or that you can belt out your best Bob Seger on a Karaoke Pub Crawl of the rocker’s hometown? A new website suggests dozens of ideas for exploring the city whether you already Dig Downtown Detroit or are just learning about many of its all-too-hidden charms.

The sharp yellow and black website reveals the best of what to see and do and where to eat, shop, and enjoy an ice cream cone or an adult beverage in five districts: the heart of Downtown plus Midtown, Corktown, New Center and Eastern Market.

Take a walking tour of downtown to better appreciate the "Step of Dance" at the One Woodward Building

Find detailed events information and links, like the scoop on this weekend’s Detroit Riverdays, June 18-21. The fourth annual celebration of the waterway wraps up on Monday with the 52nd Annual Target Fireworks display over the Detroit River.

The site is the creation of the Downtown Detroit Partnership with the New Center Council, University Cultural Center Association, Eastern Market Corporation and folks in Corktown. Full disclosure: I contributed in a small way to the itineraries suggested on the site, and as I did the research I learned about some businesses and tours I hadn’t known existed.

Poke around—you never know what you’ll unearth.

You might run into a celebrity on a stroll through downtown Detroit; I had a nice chat with Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen outside of the Guardian Building this spring


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