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Detroit Neighborhoods

Corktown
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Corktown

Officially Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, Corktown was established when Irish immigrants were fleeing their home country during the potato famine of the 1840s. Residents of County Cork, Ireland, who settled in the area are why it’s called Corktown today. Here you’ll find a mix of art galleries, restaurants and retailers, some created by residents who decamped from other major cities, lured by more affordable housing and the opportunity to shine in a rejuvenated area. Don’t miss Michigan Avenue, home to a variety of unique shopping and dining choices, and the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, the site of the original Tiger Stadium. 

Address:
Corktown, Detroit, MI, USA

Downtown
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Downtown

If you’re sitting in a window seat during the approach into Detroit Metropolitan Airport, chances are you’ll notice that the city is laid out in a hub-and-spoke pattern (also known as “the wagon wheel” among Michiganders) that emerges from the heart of the downtown district. That layout was created after a conflagration known as the Great Fire of 1805 destroyed much of the city, which was originally settled in 1701. From the Detroit River spreading westward, today’s downtown district is a bustling combination of businesses, but it’s also a home for arts and culture, fantastic hotel and dining options, and Detroit Tigers, Pistons and Lions games—all three arenas are closely situated.

Address:
Downtown Detroit, Detroit, MI, USA

Midtown
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Midtown

With Wayne State University located in Midtown, it’s not surprising that the area is attracting both 20-something hipsters and tech companies favoring a cost of living that’s decidedly lower than in other metropolitan areas. It’s not surprising to meet people here who have relocated from Brooklyn or San Francisco, living in cool Victorian houses that wealthy Detroiters constructed in the late 19th century at the birth of the automotive age. Each September Midtown is also the site of Dally in the Alley, an annual one-day festival that celebrates the area’s artists, food vendors and musicians.

Address:
Midtown, Detroit, MI, USA

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