Greater Downtown Community Bus Tour

28 stops · 3 hrs by Driving
Created by d-hive

[Note: This tour is by http://d-hive.org, posted here with permission (Jerry typing). Jeanette was awesome enough to share it so we can seed some great content and start thinking about how to better feature tour providers. OK, now on with the tour...]

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Hostel Detroit

2700 Vermont St

Hostel Detroit was founded in Novemeber 2010 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with the main purpose of providing safe, affordable accommodations in Detroit while educating patrons about the city. http://hosteldetroit.com [photo via yelp...all photos currently here snatched from random internets for purposes of illustration. - jerry]

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0.5 mi from Hostel Detroit to Imagination Station
Head southeast on Vermont St toward Spruce St (433 ft)
Turn right onto Pine St (0.1 mi)
Turn left onto 14th St (0.2 mi)

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Imagination Station

2230 14th St

The Imagination Station: 2230 and 2236 14th Street.

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0.4 mi from Imagination Station to Honey Bee Market
Head south on 14th St toward Dalzelle St (0.3 mi)
Turn right onto Bagley Ave (0.1 mi)
Turn left
Destination will be on the right
(85 ft)

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Honey Bee Market

2443 Bagley St

Honey Bee La Colmena is a clean, brightly lit store that sells a full selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood and delicatessen goods, a wide range of supermarket staples, including canned and frozen goods, and a large selection of Central American ingredients. Honey Bee opened in 1956 and was founded by Geraldo Alfaro. [photo via sweet juniper:]

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0.3 mi from Honey Bee Market to Gateway Project / Detroit Mexicantown International Welcome Center
Head north toward Bagley Ave (85 ft)
Turn left onto Bagley Ave (0.3 mi)

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Gateway Project / Detroit Mexicantown International Welcome Center

Bagley Ave & 21st St

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0.8 mi from Gateway Project / Detroit Mexicantown International Welcome Center to Mexicantown /Café con Leche
Head northeast on Bagley Ave toward 21st St (13 ft)
Turn left onto 21st St (0.1 mi)
Turn left onto Vernor Hwy
Destination will be on the right
(0.7 mi)

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Mexicantown /Café con Leche

4200 W. Vernor

An independent coffehouse in Southwest Detroit whose mission is to promote latin drinks into the mainstream as well as provide an inviting location for residents to network and access the internet via wifi.

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1.5 mi from Mexicantown /Café con Leche to Southwest Solutions
Head northeast on Vernor Hwy toward Scotten Ave (43 ft)
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Scotten Ave (0.9 mi)
Turn left onto Clark Ave (282 ft)
Turn right onto Michigan Ave (0.6 mi)

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Southwest Solutions

5716 Michigan Ave

Southwest Solutions began as a mental health agency. In the wake deinstitutionalization, Southwest’s mission was to help the mentally ill live in the community by providing psychiatric counseling and medication. Their programs help those who were at the margins of society turn the page and write new chapters of resilience and purpose.

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1.6 mi from Southwest Solutions to Clark Park
Head east on Michigan Ave toward Greusel St (0.6 mi)
Turn right onto Clark Ave
Destination will be on the left
(1.0 mi)

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Clark Park

1130 Clark St

Clark Park Coalition exists to provide an array of diverse, high-quality recreational, educational, social and mentoring programs for southwest Detroit families promoting skills development which helps our youth grow into responsible, self-confident adults.

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4.4 mi from Clark Park to Westin Book-Cadillac
Head southeast on Clark Ave toward Christiancy St (0.4 mi)
Turn left onto W Fisher Service Dr/I-75 Frontage Rd (276 ft)
Slight left onto the Interstate 75 N ramp to Interstate 96/Interstate 94 (0.2 mi)
Merge onto I-75 N (0.3 mi)
Keep right at the fork to stay on I-75 N (1.0 mi)
Take exit 49 for M-10 toward Southfield (1.0 mi)
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for M-10 S/Civic Center/Cobo Center and merge onto M-10 S/John C Lodge Fwy (0.8 mi)
Take exit 1B on the left for Larned St toward Cobo Center (0.3 mi)
Turn left onto Washington Blvd (0.3 mi)

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Westin Book-Cadillac

1114 Washington Blvd.

Legendary style and glamour has returned to Detroit. Following a $200 million renovation, the historic Book Cadillac Hotel has been restored to its original splendor. The luxury hotel also features more than 60 residences on the upper floors.

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0.5 mi from Westin Book-Cadillac to Campus Martius Park
Head north on Washington Blvd toward State St (217 ft)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto State St (486 ft)
Turn right onto Griswold St (364 ft)
Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Michigan Ave (331 ft)
Turn right onto Woodward Ave (325 ft)
Turn left to stay on Woodward Ave (0.1 mi)

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Campus Martius Park

800 Woodward Ave.

Campus Martius Park is the result of a public/private sector partnership between the City of Detroit and the Detroit 300 Conservancy. Campus Martius Park has quickly become an extraordinary public space where residents, workers and visitors come together to relax, enjoy, play and celebrate Detroit.

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0.4 mi from Campus Martius Park to Hart Plaza
Head southwest on Woodward Ave toward Woodward Ave (387 ft)
Slight right onto W Fort St (207 ft)
Turn left onto Griswold St (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto W Jefferson Ave (197 ft)
Continue onto Hart Plaza (95 ft)

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Hart Plaza

1 Hart Plaza; Jefferson at Woodward

Hart Plaza is a long time city riverfront destination and venue for a host of summer festivals and concerts. The 14 acre plaza, which is named for the late U.S. Senator Philip Hart, opened in 1975 and has a capacity of 40,000 people.

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1.1 km from Hart Plaza to Guardian Building
Head northeast on E Jefferson Ave toward Woodward Ave (0.4 km)
Sharp left onto Interstate 375 Business (Spur)/E Jefferson Ave
Continue to follow E Jefferson Ave
(0.5 km)
Slight right onto W Jefferson Srv Rd (61 m)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Griswold St (80 m)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W Larned St
Destination will be on the left
(33 m)

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Guardian Building

500 Griswold Street

The Guardian is a class-A office building owned by Wayne County and serves as its headquarters. Built in 1928 and finished in 1929, the building was originally called the Union Trust Building and is an example of Art Deco architecture. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on June 29, 1989.

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1.4 km from Guardian Building to Rivard Plaza
Head northeast on W Larned St toward Woodward Ave (1.1 km)
Turn right onto Rivard St (0.4 km)
Turn left onto Atwater St (18 m)

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Rivard Plaza

1340 E. Awater Street

Opened to the public in June 2007, Rivard Plaza has quickly become a favorite Detroit destination and signature event site. The plaza is home to many Riverfront highlights, including the Cullen Family Carousel, an in-laid granite map of the Detroit River, a standing glass sculptured map of the St. Lawrence Seaway, fountains and gardens.

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1 m from Rivard Plaza to Wheelhouse Detroit
Head on Atwater St (1 m)

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Wheelhouse Detroit

1340 E. Atwater Street

Wheelhouse Detroit makes it easier for the whole world to experience the Motor City on two wheels and offers retail, service, rentals and tours.

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1.1 km from Wheelhouse Detroit to Dequindre Cut
Head southwest on Atwater St toward Rivard St (18 m)
Turn right onto Rivard St (0.3 km)
Turn right onto E Jefferson Ave
Destination will be on the left
(0.8 km)

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Dequindre Cut

Jefferson & St Aubin

The Dequindre Cut Greenway, an urban recreational path, officially opened to the public in May of 2009. The 1.35-mile greenway, developed through a public, nonprofit and private partnership, offers a pedestrian link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential neighborhoods in between. Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a below-street level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the Riverfront.

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1.3 km from Dequindre Cut to Stroh’s Riverplace
Head northeast on E Jefferson Ave toward Dubois St (0.9 km)
Turn right onto Walker St
Partial restricted usage road
(0.3 km)
Turn right
Destination will be on the right
(0.1 km)

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Stroh’s Riverplace

300 River Place Dr

Stroh River Place is a 25-acre mixed-use campus development that brings together the best in business amenities and upscale living.

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1.2 km from Stroh’s Riverplace to Harbortown
Head west toward Walker St (0.1 km)
Turn left onto Walker St
Partial restricted usage road
(0.3 km)
Turn right onto E Jefferson Ave (0.3 km)
Turn right onto Leib St
Partial restricted usage road
(72 m)
Turn left onto E Harbortown Dr
Restricted usage road
(0.2 km)
Turn left onto Wight St
Restricted usage road
(71 m)
Turn left
Restricted usage road
Destination will be on the left
(61 m)

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Harbortown

250 E. Harbortown Drive

Harbortown apartments rise on the waterfront of Detroit’s North Shore in the midst of cosmopolitan Detroit.

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2.3 km from Harbortown to Indian Village
Head southeast toward Wight St
Restricted usage road
(61 m)
Turn left onto Wight St
Partial restricted usage road
(79 m)
At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Mt Elliott St (0.3 km)
Turn right onto E Jefferson Ave (1.9 km)

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Indian Village

Iroquois & Jefferson

Indian Village is over 100 years old and includes over 350 homes.

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1.1 km from Indian Village to West Village
Head northeast on E Jefferson Ave toward Iroquois Ave (0.5 km)
Turn left onto Hibbard St (0.6 km)
Turn right onto Kercheval Ave
Destination will be on the left
(10 m)

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West Village

Kercheval & E Jefferson

A designated historic district, this walkable community is the eastern gateway to the stunning Detroit Riverwalk and Belle Isle and just minutes from downtown. With its unique mix of residential apartments with single and multiple family homes, West Village remains charming and affordable.


2.5 km from West Village to Earthworks Urban Farm
Head southwest on Kercheval Ave toward Hibbard St (2.2 km)
Turn left onto Meldrum St
Destination will be on the left
(0.3 km)

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Earthworks Urban Farm

1264 Meldrum

Earthworks is a program of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, a human service organization of caring people inspired by the spirit of St. Francis and sponsored by the Capuchins of the Province of St. Joseph and concerned benefactors. Earthworks seeks to promote sustainable agricultural practices, nutrition and care for the Earth.


0.9 mi from Earthworks Urban Farm to Heidelberg Project
Head southwest on St Paul Ave toward Meldrum St (417 ft)
Turn right onto Mt Elliott St (0.6 mi)
Turn left onto Benson St (0.1 mi)
Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Ellery St (279 ft)

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Heidelberg Project

3600 Heidelberg St.

Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 25th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives.


2.3 mi from Heidelberg Project to Inside Detroit Welcome Center
Head southwest on Heidelberg St toward Elmwood St (0.4 mi)
Turn left onto Gratiot Ave (1.6 mi)
Continue straight to stay on Gratiot Ave (0.2 mi)
Turn right onto Woodward Ave
Destination will be on the left
(312 ft)

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Inside Detroit Welcome Center

1253 Woodward Avenue

Inside Detroit utilizes an insider’s perspective and passion to educate the public about Detroit’s history, culture, community, and livability in order to spur economic development.


56 ft from Inside Detroit Welcome Center to Lofts at Merchants Row
Head southeast on Woodward Ave toward State St (56 ft)

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Lofts at Merchants Row

1247 Woodward Avenue

Imagine living in a loft in the heart of the city that is transforming daily. Year-round events could be at your home’s doorstep… whether it is a Detroit Tiger baseball game at Comerica Park, a concert at the Fox Theater, or trying your luck at the local casinos – your life will be full of activity!

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1.2 mi from Lofts at Merchants Row to Orchestra Hall
Head northwest on Woodward Ave toward Grand River Ave (1.2 mi)
Turn left onto Parsons St
Destination will be on the right
(79 ft)

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Orchestra Hall

3711 Woodward Avenue

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a leader in the world of classical music, embraces and inspires individuals, families and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.


0.2 mi from Orchestra Hall to Majestic Complex
Head northeast on Parsons St toward Woodward Ave (79 ft)
Turn left onto Woodward Ave (0.2 mi)

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Majestic Complex

4140 Woodward Avenue

With one restaurant, two live music venues, four bars, ten billiard tables and sixteen bowling lanes, the Majestic has something for everyone!


0.9 mi from Majestic Complex to Detroit Institute of Arts
Head northwest on Woodward Ave toward W Willis St (0.7 mi)
Turn right onto E Kirby St/Midtown Loop (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto John R St/Midtown Loop (0.1 mi)
Turn right
Destination will be on the right
(85 ft)

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Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue

The DIA, a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century, creates experiences that help each visitor find personal meaning in art.


0.1 mi from Detroit Institute of Arts to Detroit Science Center
Head southeast toward John R St/Midtown Loop (102 ft)
Turn right onto John R St/Midtown Loop (312 ft)
Turn left
Destination will be on the right
(112 ft)

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Detroit Science Center

5020 John R Street

The Detroit Science Center includes over 25 hands on exhibits offering live interactive science demonstrations in the Discovery Theater.


0.8 mi from Detroit Science Center to Traffic Jam & Snug
Head southwest toward John R St/Midtown Loop (112 ft)
Turn left onto John R St/Midtown Loop (0.1 mi)
Turn right onto E Hancock St (0.4 mi)
Turn left onto 2nd Ave (0.2 mi)
Turn left onto W Canfield St
Destination will be on the right
(102 ft)

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Traffic Jam & Snug

511 West Canfield Street

The Traffic Jam and Snug, established 1965, is truly one of Detroit’s hidden treasures. Known throughout Midtown for our in-house bakery, microbrewery, and dairy, our curiously intimate multi-level dining rooms, and an eclectic menu of made-from-scratch dishes, there is simply nothing quite like The Traffic Jam.


194 ft from Traffic Jam & Snug to Citybird
Head east on W Canfield St
Destination will be on the left
(194 ft)

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Citybird

460 W. Canfield

City Bird was founded in 2005 by siblings Andy and Emily Linn. After building their business by selling their work online, at fairs and through other retailers for four years, they opened the W. Canfield store, studio and gallery in November of 2009. The Linns grew up in the near East Side of Detroit and currently reside in Woodbridge.