This section contains donor-engraved brick pavers honoring contributors to the RiverWalk project.
Detroit's most famous avenue -- Woodward -- intersects Jefferson Avenue on one side, guiding traffic to several downtown attractions, restaurants and bars offering a taste of Motown.
It opens to the east along Joe Louis Arena, Cobo Convention Center and the former Cobo Arena area.
(People Mover Tram Rail, above)
(The DequindreCut appears later in this tour.)
Note: The Guardian Building with Rookwood tile
inlays and Penobscott Building are in the
foreground, right. Mount Brighton (a hill) is the
most visible landmark on the horizon, 42 miles
away (upper right). Heavy tree growth confirms a
city becoming far less urban.
Several good restaurants are on the lower levels that include a souvenir shop, drugstore, banks and card shop.
Note: Ren Cen Shadow in Parking Lot
Note: Cloud cover can be seen overhanging
the lake's horizon line....Classic arched
MacArthur Bridge at left. Tug and barge
are moored in center of river.
How to use this Page:
This page offers a brief description of the RENAISSANCE CENTER and a walking tour of the RIVERWALKand DEQUINDRE CUT. Follow the map legend provided of each. A green line indicates the path of the RiverWalk while a maroon line indicates the path of the Cut. While the entire tour of both the Walk and Cut might be a bit ambitious for many, both attractions intersect. The Cut also offers access to Eastern Market. Renting a bike at the Wheel House Detroit can speed up the process of touring each. (This page is presented in the journal style so that the entire tour can be seen from end-to-end in one continuous layout.) You will have to click on 10b, Ren Cen, RiverWalk-Cut . to follow it to its conclusion. ENJOY THE MOTOR CITY AND HAVE A PLEASANT STAY!
(Henry Ford, II)
See Chene Park in "10b, Ren Cen, RiverWalk-Cut" (by clicking on that selection at top of this Page)
Returning to RiverWalk
Upon your return to Atwater Street, you can continue past the Cut, east of Milliken State Park, and toward Chene Park Theatre. (Or refer to Eastern Market, Page 12 for details. Note: The Dequindre Cut has an exit ramp at Gratiot but most of Eastern Market's outer buildings are not clearly indicated from a distance. Refer to produce mural photo, left. The Cut now extends through the market to Mack, an additional half mile with more access to the market. Details pending.)
(Note: NYC land area is 305 sq mi and with littoral totals 469 sq mi. NYC littoral includes ocean and river areas.
Paris is 41 sq mi. total. Detroit's abandoned total area may now be as great as 60 sq mi but that area is not located in one place. A consolidated Land Bank department has been created to manage this area.)
& PASSO DI DANZA SCULPTURE
(I reported a lower population figure in an earlier iteration of this site. Detroit rapidly changes. Portions of the city are growing while others continue to decline making the figures difficult to track. The city has dropped in ranking in the last few years from number 18 to 24. It's the first time Motown has ranked lower than the top 20 urban areas since 1850. (The metropolitan area as a whole is increasingly robust, however, and investment in the business district of the city-proper is so intense it is starting to spread to the surrounding neighborhoods for the first time.
....from the Author.)
Several large concerts have already been performed on the lawn adjoning the west RiverWalk.
London's Guardian ranked the Detroit RiverWalk among the six best city walks worldwide after readers were asked to recommend their favorite locations.
Daniel Gilmartin added that at Detroit's RiverWalk, "Excitement and energy are all around."
(Detroit News, August 16, 2016.)
EASTERN MARKET PRODUCE MURAL
Detroit is undergoing a radical transformation on the waterfront. The city's shore has become a gathering place for the family, fishermen and visitors alike, offering tremendous beauty and options for exploration.
Milliken State Park anglers catch their share of silver bass for the dinner table.
Detroit is experiencing explosive growth in artwork. Contests and shows continue unabated throughout Downtown, Mexicantown, Midtown, Corktown, and Eastern Market. The market recently held an invitational art mural painting exhibition. Numerous displays decorate buildings, and still more artists come to Motown to celebrate their expression.