Detroit City – Motown Love!

I was in Detroit a few weeks ago for a business conference. Three days of meetings focused on government meeting professionals and suppliers who provide hotel accommodations, meeting space, audio visual, you name it. It was an educational conference – and the ed sessions are always wonderful!

I have never been to Detroit before, and went there with an “Unconscious Bias” (one of our ed sessions) about what to expect of Detroit. That unconscious bias was expecting a run-down, (please forgive me) ghetto-like city. I WAS SO WRONG! Downtown Detroit is vibrant, active, and going through a period of renewal.

While there is a good amount of new building under way, what impressed me most was the trend of urban renewal – taking the old, beautifully architected buildings and repurposing them. Keeping the outer structures and rebuilding the insides. And though Detroit is not so much “motor city” any longer, the Henry Ford families are deeply committed to this period of renewal.

The week started with the annual June 24th Fireworks presented by The Parade Company Our hotel, the Detroit Marriott Residence Center, was located on the river where the fireworks took place so we had an amazing view on the street right outside the motor lobby! The fireworks are executed from three barges on the river between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. They were by far the BEST fireworks I’ve ever seen in my 68 years!

Our conference Welcome Reception on Tuesday 6/25 was at the Detroit Fillmore Theater – now being a boomer, and in Motown – you can only imagine how much fun it was that the City of Detroit treated us to such greats as The Temptations and The Marvelettes for entertainment. It was an amazing and engaging way to start off the next two days of meetings.

Thursday was the next opportunity to do some sightseeing before leaving on Friday morning, so a dear friend and I headed out to the Hitsville Motown Museum. The cost is reasonable – $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors and kits 5-17 years old. Under 5 are free. Allow about an hour (no less) for the tour and definitely make reservations! They are closed on Sundays and all major holidays.

We all left Friday morning headed home – it was a great week – great friends, great conference – great city! I’d go back to Detroit for vacation any time!

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