Detroit: Rebuilding and Ready for a Comeback

A Wednesday, March 5, 2014 photo shows "The Detroit Industry fresco" by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera on the west wall of the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Federal officials announced Wednesday, April 23, 2014 that Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kimberly P. Mitchell)
A Wednesday, March 5, 2014 photo shows "The Detroit Industry fresco" by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera on the west wall of the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Federal officials announced Wednesday, April 23, 2014 that Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kimberly P. Mitchell)
A Wednesday, March 5, 2014 photo shows “The Detroit Industry fresco” by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera on the west wall of the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Federal officials announced Wednesday, April 23, 2014 that Diego Rivera’s murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kimberly P. Mitchell)

“It takes heart to fight something that so many consider a lost cause.
A strong mind to breathe life into that cause and prove so many wrong.
Keep your heart true and your mind strong, Detroit.” – FEL300FT

(USA Today) – At first glance during a visit to downtown Detroit, signs of rebuilding and regrowth are evident and all around: Sleek, new condo buildings are sprouting up, a railway is being built through the center of the city, historic theaters are undergoing major renovations, and there’s an exciting vibe that you can feel when visiting.

A terrific way to get a real sense of that vibe and excitement is with Detroit Experience Factory, which offers free weekly public tours, as well as customized tours. Co-founder Jeanette Pierce’s enthusiasm about her hometown was infectious on a recent tour. As we rode through D-Town, Jeanette shared the city’s history – the good and the recent not-so-good. We saw burned out, boarded up and abandoned houses, and on the next block, shiny new condo high-rises.

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