This article is about the city Detroit in Michigan.
For other uses, see Detroit (disambiguation).
"Motor City" and "Detroit City" redirect here.
|Founded||July 24, 1701|
|Incorporated||September 13, 1806|
|Body||Detroit City Council|
|Mayor||Mike Duggan (D)|
|City||142.89 sq mi (370.08 km)|
|Land||138.72 sq mi (359.27 km)|
|Water||4.17 sq mi (10.81 km)|
|Urban||1,295 sq mi (3,350 km)|
|Metro||3,913 sq mi (10,130 km)|
|Elevation||656 ft (200 m)|
|Density||4,830.27/sq mi (1,864.98/km)|
|Urban||3,734,090 (US: 11th)|
|Metro||4,292,060 (US: 14th)|
|CSA||5,336,286 (US: 12th)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (EST)|
|Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|ZIP Code(s)||48127, 48201, 48202, 48204–48206, 48208–48210, 48212–48217, 48219, 48221–48228, 48231–48236, 48238–48240, 48243, 48244, 48255, 48260, 48264, 48266–48269, 48272, 48275, 48277–48279, 48288|
|GNIS feature ID||1617959|
The municipality of Detroit had a 2019 estimated population of 670,031, making it the 24th-most populous city in the United States.
Detroit and its neighboring Canadian city Windsor are connected through a highway tunnel, railway tunnel, and the Ambassador Bridge, which is the second busiest international crossing in North America, after San Diego–Tijuana.
During the 19th century, it became an important industrial hub at the center of the Great Lakes region.
With expansion of the auto industry in the early 20th century, the city and its suburbs experienced rapid growth, and by the 1940s, the city remained as the fourth-largest in the country.
However, due to industrial restructuring, the loss of jobs in the auto industry, and rapid suburbanization, Detroit entered a state of urban decay and lost considerable population from the late 20th century to the present.
Since reaching a peak of 1.85 million at the 1950 census, Detroit's population has declined by more than 60 percent.
In 2013, Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, which it successfully exited in December 2014, when the city government regained control of Detroit's finances.
Detroit's diverse culture has had both local and international influence, particularly in music, with the city giving rise to the genres of Motown and techno, and playing an important role in the development of jazz, hip-hop, rock, and punk music.
Since the 2000s conservation efforts have managed to save many architectural pieces and achieved several large-scale revitalizations, including the restoration of several historic theatres and entertainment venues, high-rise renovations, new sports stadiums, and a riverfront revitalization project.
More recently, the population of Downtown Detroit, Midtown Detroit, and various other neighborhoods has increased.
An increasingly popular tourist destination, Detroit receives 19 million visitors per year.
The first Europeans did not penetrate into the region and reach the straits of Detroit until French missionaries and traders worked their way around the League of the Iroquois, with whom they were at war, and other Iroquoian tribes in the 1630s.
The Huron and Neutral peoples held the north side of Lake Erie until the 1650s, when the Iroquois pushed both and the Erie people away from the lake and its beaver-rich feeder streams in the Beaver Wars of 1649–1655.
By the 1670s, the war-weakened Iroquois laid claim to as far south as the Ohio River valley in northern Kentucky as hunting grounds, and had absorbed many other Iroquoian peoples after defeating them in war.
For the next hundred years, virtually no British, colonist, or French action was contemplated without consultation with, or consideration of the Iroquois' likely response.
Many colonial American would-be migrants resented this restraint and became supporters of the American Revolution.
By 1800 white settlers were pouring westwards.
The city was named by French colonists, referring to the Detroit River (French: le détroit du lac Érié, meaning the strait of Lake Erie), linking Lake Huron and Lake Erie; in the historical context, the strait included the St. , Clair RiverLake St. Clair and the Detroit River.
On July 24, 1701, the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, along with more than a hundred other settlers, began constructing a small fort on the north bank of the Detroit River.
A church was soon founded here, and the parish was known as Sainte Anne de Détroit.
France offered free land to colonists to attract families to Detroit; when it reached a population of 800 in 1765, this was the largest European settlement between Montreal and New Orleans, both also French settlements, in the former colonies of New France and La Louisiane, respectively.
By 1773, after the addition of Anglo-American settlers, the population of Detroit was 1,400.
By 1778, its population reached 2,144 and it was the third-largest city in what was known as the Province of Quebec since the British takeover of French colonies following their victory in the Seven Years' War.
The region's economy was based on the lucrative fur trade, in which numerous Native American people had important roles as trappers and traders.
Today the flag of Detroit reflects its French colonial heritage.
Descendants of the earliest French and French-Canadian settlers formed a cohesive community, who gradually were superseded as the dominant population after more Anglo-American settlers arrived in the early 19th century with American westward migration.
Living along the shores of Lakes St. Clair, and south to Monroe and downriver suburbs, the ethnic French Canadians of Detroit, also known as Muskrat French in reference to the fur trade, remain a subculture in the region in the 21st century.
During the French and Indian War (1754–63), the North American front of the Seven Years' War between Britain and France, British troops gained control of the settlement in 1760, and shortened its name to Detroit.
In defeat, France ceded its territory in North America east of the Mississippi to Britain following the war.
Following the American Revolutionary War and United States independence, Britain ceded Detroit along with other territory in the area under the Jay Treaty (1796), which established the northern border with its colony of Canada.
In 1805, fire destroyed most of the Detroit settlement, which had primarily buildings made of wood.
One stone fort, a river warehouse, and brick chimneys of former wooden homes were the sole structures to survive.
Of the 600 Detroit residents in this area, none died in the fire.
From 1805 to 1847, Detroit was the capital of Michigan (first the territory, then the state).
William Hull, the United States commander at Detroit surrendered without a fight to British troops and their Native American allies during the War of 1812 in the Siege of Detroit, believing his forces were vastly outnumbered.
The Battle of Frenchtown (January 18–23, 1813) was part of a U.S. effort to retake the city, and U.S. troops suffered their highest fatalities of any battle in the war.
This battle is commemorated at River Raisin National Battlefield Park south of Detroit in Monroe County.
Detroit was recaptured by the United States later that year.
The settlement was incorporated as a city in 1815.
Many went across the Detroit River to Canada to escape pursuit by slave catchers.
An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 African-American refugees settled in Canada.
Numerous men from Detroit volunteered to fight for the Union during the American Civil War, including the 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment.
When the First Volunteer Infantry Regiment arrived to fortify Washington, D.C., President Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying "Thank God for Michigan!"
During the late 19th century, wealthy industry and shipping magnates commissioned design and construction of several Gilded Age mansions east and west of the current downtown, along the major avenues of the Woodward plan.
During this period some referred to Detroit as the "Paris of the West" for its architecture, grand avenues in the Paris style, and for Washington Boulevard, recently electrified by Thomas Edison.
The city had grown steadily from the 1830s with the rise of shipping, shipbuilding, and manufacturing industries.
Strategically located along the Great Lakes waterway, Detroit emerged as a major port and transportation hub.
In 1896, a thriving carriage trade prompted Henry Ford to build his first automobile in a rented workshop on Mack Avenue.
During this growth period, Detroit expanded its borders by annexing all or part of several surrounding villages and townships.
In 1903, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company.
Ford's manufacturing—and those of automotive pioneers William C. Durant, the Dodge Brothers, Packard, and Walter Chrysler—established Detroit's status in the early 20th century as the world's automotive capital.
The growth of the auto industry was reflected by changes in businesses throughout the Midwest and nation, with the development of garages to service vehicles and gas stations, as well as factories for parts and tires.
With the rapid growth of industrial workers in the auto factories, labor unions such as the American Federation of Labor and the United Auto Workers fought to organize workers to gain them better working conditions and wages.
The prohibition of alcohol from 1920 to 1933 resulted in the Detroit River becoming a major conduit for smuggling of illegal Canadian spirits.
Detroit, like many places in the United States, developed racial conflict and discrimination in the 20th century following the rapid demographic changes as hundreds of thousands of new workers were attracted to the industrial city; in a short period it became the 4th-largest city in the nation.
The Great Migration brought rural blacks from the South; they were outnumbered by southern whites who also migrated to the city.
Immigration brought southern and eastern Europeans of Catholic and Jewish faith; these new groups competed with native-born whites for jobs and housing in the booming city.
Detroit was one of the major Midwest cities that was a site for the dramatic urban revival of the Ku Klux Klan beginning in 1915.
"By the 1920s the city had become a stronghold of the KKK," whose members primarily opposed Catholic and Jewish immigrants, but also practiced discrimination against black Americans.
Even after the decline of the KKK in the late 1920s, the Black Legion, a secret vigilante group, was active in the Detroit area in the 1930s.
One-third of its estimated 20,000 to 30,000 members in Michigan were based in the city.
It was defeated after numerous prosecutions following the kidnapping and murder in 1936 of Charles Poole, a Catholic organizer with the federal Works Progress Administration.
Some 49 men of the Black Legion were convicted of numerous crimes, with many sentenced to life in prison for murder.
In the 1940s the world's "first urban depressed freeway" ever built, the Davison, was constructed in Detroit.
Jobs expanded so rapidly due to the defense buildup in World War II that 400,000 people migrated to the city from 1941 to 1943, including 50,000 blacks in the second wave of the Great Migration, and 350,000 whites, many of them from the South.
Whites, including ethnic Europeans, feared black competition for jobs and scarce housing.
The federal government prohibited discrimination in defense work, but when in June 1943 Packard promoted three black people to work next to whites on its assembly lines, 25,000 white workers walked off the job.
The Detroit race riot of 1943 took place in June, three weeks after the Packard plant protest, beginning with an altercation at Belle Isle.
Blacks suffered 25 deaths (of a total of 34), three-quarters of 600 wounded, and most of the losses due to property damage.
Rioters moved through the city, and young whites traveled across town to attack more settled blacks in their neighborhood of Paradise Valley.
Industrial mergers in the 1950s, especially in the automobile sector, increased oligopoly in the American auto industry.
At its peak population of 1,849,568, in the 1950 Census, the city was the 5th-largest in the United States, after New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
In this postwar era, the auto industry continued to create opportunities for many African Americans from the South, who continued with their Great Migration to Detroit and other northern and western cities to escape the strict Jim Crow laws and racial discrimination policies of the South.
Postwar Detroit was a prosperous industrial center of mass production.
The auto industry comprised about 60% of all industry in the city, allowing space for a plethora of separate booming businesses including stove making, brewing, furniture building, oil refineries, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and more.
The expansion of jobs created unique opportunities for black Americans, who saw novel high employment rates: there was a 103% increase in the number of blacks employed in postwar Detroit.
Black Americans who immigrated to northern industrial cities from the south still faced intense racial discrimination in the employment sector.
Racial discrimination kept the work force and better jobs predominantly white, while many black Detroiters held lower paying factory jobs.
Despite changes in demographics as the city’s black population expanded, Detroit's police force, fire department, and other city jobs continued to be held by predominantly white residents.
This created an unbalanced racial power dynamic.
Unequal opportunities in employment resulted in unequal housing opportunities for the majority of the black community: with overall lower incomes and facing the backlash of discriminatory housing policies, the black community was limited to lower cost, lower quality housing in the city.
The surge in Detroit's black population with the Great Migration augmented the strain on housing scarcity.
The liveable areas available to the black community were limited, and as a result, families often crowded together in unsanitary, unsafe, and illegal quarters.
Such discrimination became increasingly evident in the policies of redlining implemented by banks and federal housing groups, which almost completely restricted the ability of blacks to improve their housing and encouraged white people to guard the racial divide that defined their neighborhoods.
As a result, black people were often denied bank loans to obtain better housing and interest rates and rents were unfairly inflated to prevent their moving into white neighborhoods.
White residents and political leaders largely opposed the influx of black Detroiters to white neighborhoods, believing that their presence would lead to neighborhood deterioration (most predominantly black neighborhoods deteriorated due to local and federal governmental neglect).
This perpetuated a cyclical exclusionary process that marginalized the agency of black Detroiters by trapping them in the unhealthiest, unsafest areas of the city.
As in other major American cities in the postwar era, construction of a federally subsidized, extensive highway and freeway system around Detroit, and pent-up demand for new housing stimulated suburbanization; highways made commuting by car for higher income residents easier.
However, this construction had negative implications for many lower income urban residents.
Highways were constructed through and completely demolished neighborhoods of poor residents and black communities who had less political power to oppose them.
The neighborhoods were mostly low income, considered blighted, or made up of older housing where investment had been lacking due to racial redlining, so the highways were presented as a kind of urban renewal.
These neighborhoods (such as Black Bottom and Paradise Valley) were extremely important to the black communities of Detroit, providing spaces for independent black businesses and social/cultural organizations.. Their destruction displaced residents with little consideration of the effects of breaking up functioning neighborhoods and businesses.
In 1956, Detroit's last heavily used electric streetcar line, which traveled along the length of Woodward Avenue, was removed and replaced with gas-powered buses.
It was the last line of what had once been a 534-mile network of electric streetcars.
In 1941 at peak times, a streetcar ran on Woodward Avenue every 60 seconds.
All of these changes in the area's transportation system favored low-density, auto-oriented development rather than high-density urban development.
Industry also moved to the suburbs, seeking large plots of land for single story factories.
By the 21st century, the metro Detroit area had developed as one of the most sprawling job markets in the United States; combined with poor public transport, this resulted in many new jobs being beyond the reach of urban low-income workers.
In 1950, the city held about one-third of the state's population, anchored by its industries and workers.
Over the next sixty years, the city's population declined to less than 10 percent of the state's population.
During the same time period, the sprawling Detroit metropolitan area, which surrounds and includes the city, grew to contain more than half of Michigan's population.
The shift of population and jobs eroded Detroit's tax base.
In June 1963, Rev.
While the civil rights movement gained significant federal civil rights laws in 1964 and 1965, longstanding inequities resulted in confrontations between the police and inner city black youth who wanted change.
Longstanding tensions in Detroit culminated in the Twelfth Street riot in July 1967.
The result was 43 dead, 467 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed, mostly in black residential and business areas.
Thousands of small businesses closed permanently or relocated to safer neighborhoods.
The affected district lay in ruins for decades.
It was the most costly riot in the United States.
The NAACP argued that although schools were not legally segregated, the city of Detroit and its surrounding counties had enacted policies to maintain racial segregation in public schools.
The NAACP also suggested a direct relationship between unfair housing practices and educational segregation, as the composition of students in the schools followed segregated neighborhoods.
The District Court held all levels of government accountable for the segregation in its ruling.
The U.S. Supreme Court took up the case February 27, 1974.
The subsequent Milliken v. Bradley decision had nationwide influence.
In a narrow decision, the US Supreme Court found schools were a subject of local control, and suburbs could not be forced to solve problems in the city's school district.
"Had that gone the other way, it would have opened the door to fixing nearly all of Detroit's current problems."
John Mogk, a professor of law and an expert in urban planning at Wayne State University in Detroit, says,
In November 1973, the city elected Coleman Young as its first black mayor.
After taking office, Young emphasized increasing racial diversity in the police department, which was predominately white.
Young also worked to improve Detroit's transportation system, but tension between Young and his suburban counterparts over regional matters was problematic throughout his mayoral term.
In 1976, the federal government offered $600 million for building a regional rapid transit system, under a single regional authority.
But the inability of Detroit and its suburban neighbors to solve conflicts over transit planning resulted in the region losing the majority of funding for rapid transit.
Following the failure to reach a regional agreement over the larger system, the city moved forward with construction of the elevated downtown circulator portion of the system, which became known as the Detroit People Mover.
Buyers chose smaller, more fuel-efficient cars made by foreign makers as the price of gas rose.
Efforts to revive the city were stymied by the struggles of the auto industry, as their sales and market share declined.
Automakers laid off thousands of employees and closed plants in the city, further eroding the tax base.
To counteract this, the city used eminent domain to build two large new auto assembly plants in the city.
As mayor, Young sought to revive the city by seeking to increase investment in the city's declining downtown.
The Renaissance Center, a mixed-use office and retail complex, opened in 1977.
This group of skyscrapers was an attempt to keep businesses in downtown.
Young also gave city support to other large developments to attract middle and upper-class residents back to the city.
Despite the Renaissance Center and other projects, the downtown area continued to lose businesses to the automobile-dependent suburbs.
Major stores and hotels closed, and many large office buildings went vacant.
Young was criticized for being too focused on downtown development and not doing enough to lower the city's high crime rate and improve city services to residents.
High unemployment was compounded by middle-class flight to the suburbs, and some residents leaving the state to find work.
The result for the city was a higher proportion of poor in its population, reduced tax base, depressed property values, abandoned buildings, abandoned neighborhoods, high crime rates, and a pronounced demographic imbalance.
On August 16, 1987, Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed near Detroit, killing all but one of the 155 people on board, as well as two people on the ground.
1990s & 2000s
In 1993 Young retired as Detroit's longest-serving mayor, deciding not to seek a sixth term.
That year the city elected Dennis Archer, a former Michigan Supreme Court justice.
Archer prioritized downtown development and easing tensions with Detroit's suburban neighbors.
A referendum to allow casino gambling in the city passed in 1996; several temporary casino facilities opened in 1999, and permanent downtown casinos with hotels opened in 2007–08.
Campus Martius, a reconfiguration of downtown's main intersection as a new park, was opened in 2004.
The park has been cited as one of the best public spaces in the United States.
The city's riverfront on the Detroit River has been the focus of redevelopment, following successful examples of other older industrial cities.
In 2001, the first portion of the International Riverfront was completed as a part of the city's 300th anniversary celebration.
See also: Planning and development in Detroit
In September 2008, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (who had served for six years) resigned following felony convictions.
The former mayor's activities cost the city an estimated $20 million.
The city's financial crisis resulted in Michigan taking over administrative control of its government.
On July 18, 2013, Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy.
It was declared bankrupt by U.S. District Court on December 3, 2013, in light of the city's $18.5 billion debt and its inability to fully repay its thousands of creditors.
On November 7, 2014, the city's plan for exiting bankruptcy was approved.
The following month, on December 11, the city officially exited bankruptcy.
The plan allowed the city to eliminate $7 billion in debt and invest $1.7 billion into improved city services.
One way the city obtained this money was through the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
Holding over 60,000 pieces of art worth billions of dollars, some saw it as the key to funding this investment.
The city came up with a plan to monetize the art, and sell it leading to the DIA becoming a private organization.
After months of legal battles, the city finally got hundreds of millions of dollars towards funding a new Detroit.
One of the largest post-bankruptcy efforts to improve city services has been work to fix the city's broken street lighting system.
At one time it was estimated that 40% of lights were not working, which resulted in public safety issues and abandonment of housing.
The plan called for replacing outdated high pressure sodium lights with 65,000 LED lights.
Construction began in late 2014 and finished in December 2016; Detroit is the largest U.S city with all LED street lighting.
In the 2010s, several initiatives were taken by Detroit's citizens and new residents to improve the cityscape by renovating and revitalizing neighborhoods.
Such projects include volunteer renovation groups and various urban gardening movements.
Miles of associated parks and landscaping have been completed in recent years.
In 2011, the Port Authority Passenger Terminal opened, with the riverwalk connecting Hart Plaza to the Renaissance Center.
The well-known symbol of the city's decades-long demise, the Michigan Central Station, was long vacant.
The city renovated it with new windows, elevators and facilities since 2015.
In 2018, Ford Motor Company purchased the building and plans to use it for mobility testing with a potential return of train service.
Several other landmark buildings have been privately renovated and adapted as condominiums, hotels, offices, or for cultural uses.
Detroit is mentioned as a city of renaissance and has reversed many of the trends of the prior decades.
The city has also seen a growing number of well off, gentrified areas beginning to pop up all around.
In downtown, for example, with the construction of Little Caesars arena came a barrage of new, high class shops and restaurants up and down Woodward Ave that make the area look night and day to how it used to.
The construction of buildings like this, the Metropolitan Building, and other high-rise, expensive apartments has led to an influx of wealthy families, but also, unfortunately, a slight displacement of long time residents and culture.
Areas outside of downtown and other recently revived areas have an average household income of about 25% less than the gentrified areas, and this is continuing to grow.
Rents and cost of living in these gentrified areas rise every year, pushing minorities and the poor out, causing more and more racial disparity and separation in the city.
The cost of even just a one bedroom loft in Rivertown can be up to $300,000, with a 5-year sale price change of over 500% and an average income rising by 18%.
Not only does this cause physical displacement, but it also leads to the destruction of culture.
Families who have lived in these areas for decades are seeing all of their parks, restaurants, and shops being torn down and replaced by new ones that they can’t afford.
Detroit is the center of a three-county urban area (with a population of 3,734,090 within an area of 1,337 square miles (3,460 km) according to the 2010 United States Census), six-county metropolitan statistical area (population of 4,296,250 in an area of 3,913 square miles [10,130 km] as of the 2010 census), and a nine-county Combined Statistical Area (population of 5.3 million within 5,814 square miles [15,060 km] as of 2010).
According to the U.S. , the city has a total area of 142.87 square miles (370.03 km), of which 138.75 square miles (359.36 km) is land and 4.12 square miles (10.67 km) is water. Census Bureau
The city slopes gently from the northwest to southeast on a till plain composed largely of glacial and lake clay.
The most notable topographical feature in the city is the Detroit Moraine, a broad clay ridge on which the older portions of Detroit and Windsor are located, rising approximately 62 feet (19 m) above the river at its highest point.
The highest elevation in the city is directly north of Gorham Playground on the northwest side approximately three blocks south of 8 Mile Road, at a height of 675 to 680 feet (206 to 207 m).
Detroit's lowest elevation is along the Detroit River, at a surface height of 572 feet (174 m).
It is connected to the mainland by the MacArthur Bridge in Detroit.
Belle Isle Park contains such attractions as the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Detroit Yacht Club on an adjacent island, a half-mile (800 m) beach, a golf course, a nature center, monuments, and gardens.
The city skyline may be viewed from the island.
The city is north of Windsor, Ontario.
Detroit is the only major city along the Canada–U.S.
border in which one travels south in order to cross into Canada.
Detroit has four border crossings: the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit–Windsor Tunnel provide motor vehicle thoroughfares, with the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel providing railroad access to and from Canada.
Near Zug Island, the southwest part of the city was developed over a 1,500-acre (610 ha) salt mine that is 1,100 feet (340 m) below the surface.
The Detroit salt mine run by the Detroit Salt Company has over 100 miles (160 km) of roads within.
Detroit and the rest of southeastern Michigan have a hot-summer humid continental climate (Köppen: Dfa) which is influenced by the Great Lakes like other places in the state; the city and close-in suburbs are part of USDA Hardiness zone 6b, while the more distant northern and western suburbs generally are included in zone 6a.
Winters are cold, with moderate snowfall and temperatures not rising above freezing on an average 44 days annually, while dropping to or below 0 °F (−18 °C) on an average 4.4 days a year; summers are warm to hot with temperatures exceeding 90 °F (32 °C) on 12 days.
The warm season runs from May to September.
The monthly daily mean temperature ranges from 25.6 °F (−3.6 °C) in January to 73.6 °F (23.1 °C) in July.
Official temperature extremes range from 105 °F (41 °C) on July 24, 1934, down to −21 °F (−29 °C) on January 21, 1984; the record low maximum is −4 °F (−20 °C) on January 19, 1994, while, conversely the record high minimum is 80 °F (27 °C) on August 1, 2006, the most recent of five occurrences.
A decade or two may pass between readings of 100 °F (38 °C) or higher, which last occurred July 17, 2012.
The average window for freezing temperatures is October 20 thru April 22, allowing a growing season of 180 days.
Precipitation is moderate and somewhat evenly distributed throughout the year, although the warmer months such as May and June average more, averaging 33.5 inches (850 mm) annually, but historically ranging from 20.49 in (520 mm) in 1963 to 47.70 in (1,212 mm) in 2011.
Snowfall, which typically falls in measurable amounts between November 15 through April 4 (occasionally in October and very rarely in May), averages 42.5 inches (108 cm) per season, although historically ranging from 11.5 in (29 cm) in 1881–82 to 94.9 in (241 cm) in 2013–14.
A thick snowpack is not often seen, with an average of only 27.5 days with 3 in (7.6 cm) or more of snow cover.
Thunderstorms are frequent in the Detroit area.
These usually occur during spring and summer.
|Climate data for Detroit|
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|Source: Weather Atlas|
See also: List of tallest buildings in Detroit
Main article: Architecture of metropolitan Detroit
Seen in panorama, Detroit's waterfront shows a variety of architectural styles.
Together with the Renaissance Center, these buildings form a distinctive and recognizable skyline.
While the Downtown and New Center areas contain high-rise buildings, the majority of the surrounding city consists of low-rise structures and single-family homes.
Outside of the city's core, residential high-rises are found in upper-class neighborhoods such as the East Riverfront, extending toward Grosse Pointe, and the Palmer Park neighborhood just west of Woodward.
The University Commons-Palmer Park district in northwest Detroit, near the University of Detroit Mercy and Marygrove College, anchors historic neighborhoods including Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest, and the University District.
Forty-two significant structures or sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Neighborhoods constructed prior to World War II feature the architecture of the times, with wood-frame and brick houses in the working-class neighborhoods, larger brick homes in middle-class neighborhoods, and ornate mansions in upper-class neighborhoods such as Brush Park, Woodbridge, Indian Village, Palmer Woods, Boston-Edison, and others.
Some of the oldest neighborhoods are along the major Woodward and East Jefferson corridors, which formed spines of the city.
Some newer residential construction may also be found along the Woodward corridor, and in the far west and northeast.
There have been multi-million dollar restorations of existing homes and construction of new homes and condominiums here.
The city has one of United States' largest surviving collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings.
The city has substantial activity in urban design, historic preservation, and architecture.
A number of downtown redevelopment projects—of which Campus Martius Park is one of the most notable—have revitalized parts of the city.
The plans for the project call for mixed-use residential on the blocks surrounding the arena and the renovation of the vacant 14-story Eddystone Hotel.
The Detroit International Riverfront includes a partially completed three-and-one-half-mile riverfront promenade with a combination of parks, residential buildings, and commercial areas.
The riverfront includes Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor, Michigan's first urban state park.
The second phase is a two-mile (3.2-kilometer) extension from Hart Plaza to the Ambassador Bridge for a total of five miles (8.0 kilometres) of parkway from bridge to bridge.
Civic planners envision the pedestrian parks will stimulate residential redevelopment of riverfront properties condemned under eminent domain.
Further information: Neighborhoods in Detroit
Detroit has a variety of neighborhood types.
The revitalized Downtown, Midtown, and New Center areas feature many historic buildings and are high density, while further out, particularly in the northeast and on the fringes, high vacancy levels are problematic, for which a number of solutions have been proposed.
In 2007, Downtown Detroit was recognized as the best city neighborhood in which to retire among the United States' largest metro areas by CNN Money Magazine editors.
The 78-acre (32 ha) development was originally called the Gratiot Park.
Planned by Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell it includes a landscaped, 19-acre (7.7 ha) park with no through traffic, in which these and other low-rise apartment buildings are situated.
Immigrants have contributed to the city's neighborhood revitalization, especially in southwest Detroit.
Southwest Detroit has experienced a thriving economy in recent years, as evidenced by new housing, increased business openings and the recently opened Mexicantown International Welcome Center.
The city has numerous neighborhoods consisting of vacant properties resulting in low inhabited density in those areas, stretching city services and infrastructure.
These neighborhoods are concentrated in the northeast and on the city's fringes.
A 2009 parcel survey found about a quarter of residential lots in the city to be undeveloped or vacant, and about 10% of the city's housing to be unoccupied.
The survey also reported that most (86%) of the city's homes are in good condition with a minority (9%) in fair condition needing only minor repairs.
To deal with vacancy issues, the city has begun demolishing the derelict houses, razing 3,000 of the total 10,000 in 2010, but the resulting low density creates a strain on the city's infrastructure.
To remedy this, a number of solutions have been proposed including resident relocation from more sparsely populated neighborhoods and converting unused space to urban agricultural use, including Hantz Woodlands, though the city expects to be in the planning stages for up to another two years.
Public funding and private investment have also been made with promises to rehabilitate neighborhoods.
In April 2008, the city announced a $300-million stimulus plan to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods, financed by city bonds and paid for by earmarking about 15% of the wagering tax.
Private organizations have pledged substantial funding to the efforts.
Additionally, the city has cleared a 1,200-acre (490 ha) section of land for large-scale neighborhood construction, which the city is calling the Far Eastside Plan.
In 2011, Mayor Dave Bing announced a plan to categorize neighborhoods by their needs and prioritize the most needed services for those neighborhoods.
Of the large shrinking cities in the United States, Detroit has had the most dramatic decline in population of the past 60 years (down 1,135,791) and the second largest percentage decline (down 61.4%).
While the drop in Detroit's population has been ongoing since 1950, the most dramatic period was the significant 25% decline between the 2000 and 2010 Census.
Previously a major population center and site of worldwide automobile manufacturing, Detroit has suffered a long economic decline produced by numerous factors.
Like many industrial American cities, Detroit peak population was in 1950, before postwar suburbanization took effect.
The peak population was 1.8 million people.
Following suburbanization, industrial restructuring, and loss of jobs (as described above), by the 2010 census, the city had less than 40 percent of that number, with just over 700,000 residents.
The city has declined in population in each census since 1950.
The population collapse has resulted in large numbers of abandoned homes and commercial buildings, and areas of the city hit hard by urban decay.
Detroit's 713,777 residents represent 269,445 households, and 162,924 families residing in the city.
The population density was 5,144.3 people per square mile (1,895/km).
There were 349,170 housing units at an average density of 2,516.5 units per square mile (971.6/km).
Housing density has declined.
The city has demolished thousands of Detroit's abandoned houses, planting some areas and in others allowing the growth of urban prairie.
Of the 269,445 households, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.5% were married couples living together, 31.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 39.5% were non-families, 34.0% were made up of individuals, and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.
Average household size was 2.59, and average family size was 3.36.
There was a wide distribution of age in the city, with 31.1% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 31 years.
For every 100 females, there were 89.1 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.
According to a 2014 study, 67% of the population of the city identified themselves as Christians, with 49% professing attendance at Protestant churches, and 16% professing Roman Catholic beliefs, while 24% claim no religious affiliation.
Other religions collectively make up about 8% of the population.
Income and employment
The loss of industrial and working-class jobs in the city has resulted in high rates of poverty and associated problems.
From 2000 to 2009, the city's estimated median household income fell from $29,526 to $26,098.
As of 2010 the mean income of Detroit is below the overall U.S. average by several thousand dollars.
Of every three Detroit residents, one lives in poverty.
Luke Bergmann, author of Getting Ghost: Two Young Lives and the Struggle for the Soul of an American City, said in 2010, "Detroit is now one of the poorest big cities in the country".
In the 2018 American Community Survey, median household income in the city was $31,283, compared with the median for Michigan of $56,697.
The median income for a family was $36,842, well below the state median of $72,036.
33.4% of families had income at or below the federally defined poverty level.
Out of the total population, 47.3% of those under the age of 18 and 21.0% of those 65 and older had income at or below the federally defined poverty line.
But internal county statistical methods—based on measuring per capita income for counties with more than one million residents—show Oakland is still within the top 12, slipping from the 4th-most affluent such county in the U.S. in 2004 to 11th-most affluent in 2009.
Detroit dominates Wayne County, which has an average household income of about $38,000, compared to Oakland County's $62,000.
Race and ethnicity
See also: Ethnic groups in Metro Detroit
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Beginning with the rise of the automobile industry, Detroit's population increased more than sixfold during the first half of the 20th century as an influx of European, Middle Eastern (Lebanese, Assyrian/Chaldean), and Southern migrants brought their families to the city.
With this economic boom following World War I, the African American population grew from a mere 6,000 in 1910 to more than 120,000 by 1930.
This influx of thousands of African Americans in the 20th century became known as the Great Migration.
Many of the original white families in Detroit saw this increase in diversity as a threat to their way of life and made it their mission to isolate black people from their neighborhoods, workplaces, and public institutions.
Perhaps one of the most overt examples of neighborhood discrimination occurred in 1925 when African American physician Ossian Sweet found his home surrounded by an angry mob of his hostile white neighbors violently protesting his new move into a traditionally white neighborhood.
Sweet and ten of his family members and friends were put on trial for murder as one of the mob members throwing rocks at the newly purchased house was shot and killed by someone firing out of a second floor window.
Many middle-class families experienced the same kind of hostility as they sought the security of homeownership and the potential for upward mobility.
Detroit has a relatively large Mexican-American population.
In the early 20th century, thousands of Mexicans came to Detroit to work in agricultural, automotive, and steel jobs.
During the Mexican Repatriation of the 1930s many Mexicans in Detroit were willingly repatriated or forced to repatriate.
By the 1940s much of the Mexican community began to settle what is now Mexicantown.
After World War II, many people from Appalachia also settled in Detroit.
Appalachians formed communities and their children acquired southern accents.
Many Lithuanians also settled in Detroit during the World War II era, especially on the city's Southwest side in the West Vernor area, where the renovated Lithuanian Hall reopened in 2006.
By 1940, 80% of Detroit deeds contained restrictive covenants prohibiting African Americans from buying houses they could afford.
These discriminatory tactics were successful as a majority of black people in Detroit resorted to living in all black neighborhoods such as Black Bottom and Paradise Valley.
At this time, white people still made up about 90.4% of the city's population.
From the 1940s to the 1970s a second wave of black people moved to Detroit in search of employment and with the desire to escape the Jim Crow laws enforcing segregation in the south.
White residents attacked black homes: breaking windows, starting fires, and detonating bombs.
An especially grueling result of this increasing competition between black and white people was the Riot of 1943 that had violent ramifications.
This era of intolerance made it almost impossible for African Americans to be successful without access to proper housing or the economic stability to maintain their homes and the conditions of many neighborhoods began to decline.
In 1948, the landmark Supreme Court case of Shelley v. Kraemer outlawed restrictive covenants and while racism in housing did not disappear, it allowed affluent black families to begin moving to traditionally white neighborhoods.
Many white families with the financial ability moved to the suburbs of Detroit taking their jobs and tax dollars with them.
The Detroit riot of 1967 is considered to be one of the greatest racial turning points in the history of the city.
The ramifications of the uprising were widespread as there were many allegations of white police brutality towards African Americans and over $36 million of insured property was lost.
Discrimination and deindustrialization in tandem with racial tensions that had been intensifying in the previous years boiled over and led to an event considered to be the most damaging in Detroit's history.
The population of Latinos significantly increased in the 1990s due to immigration from Jalisco.
By 2010 Detroit had 48,679 Hispanics, including 36,452 Mexicans: a 70% increase from 1990.
While African Americans previously comprised only 13% of Michigan's population, by 2010 they made up nearly 82% of Detroit's population.
The next largest population groups were white people, at 10%, and Hispanics, at 6%.
In 2001, 103,000 Jews, or about 1.9% of the population, were living in the Detroit area, in both Detroit and Ann Arbor.
According to the 2010 census, segregation in Detroit has decreased in absolute and relative terms and in the first decade of the 21st century, about two-thirds of the total black population in the metropolitan area resided within the city limits of Detroit.
The number of integrated neighborhoods increased from 100 in 2000 to 204 in 2010.
Detroit also moved down the ranking from number one most segregated city to number four.
This pattern already happened in the 1970s, when apparent integration was a precursor to white flight and resegregation.
Over a 60-year period, white flight occurred in the city.
According to an estimate of the Michigan Metropolitan Information Center, from 2008 to 2009 the percentage of non-Hispanic White residents increased from 8.4% to 13.3%.
As the city has become more gentrified, some empty nesters and many young white people have moved into the city, increasing housing values and once again forcing African Americans to move.
Gentrification in Detroit has become a rather controversial issue as reinvestment will hopefully lead to economic growth and an increase in population; however, it has already forced many black families to relocate to the suburbs.
Despite revitalization efforts, Detroit remains one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States.
One of the implications of racial segregation, which correlates with class segregation, may correlate to overall worse health for some populations.
Asians and Asian Americans
As of that year Detroit's percentage of Asians was 1%, far lower than the 13.3% of Troy.
By 2000 Troy had the largest Asian American population in the tricounty area, surpassing Detroit.
There are four areas in Detroit with significant Asian and Asian American populations.
Many of those residents own small businesses or work in blue collar jobs, and the population is mostly Muslim.
The area north of Downtown Detroit, including the region around the Henry Ford Hospital, the Detroit Medical Center, and Wayne State University, has transient Asian national origin residents who are university students or hospital workers.
Few of them have permanent residency after schooling ends.
They are mostly Chinese and Indian but the population also includes Filipinos, Koreans, and Pakistanis.
In Southwest Detroit and western Detroit there are smaller, scattered Asian communities including an area in the westside adjacent to Dearborn and Redford Township that has a mostly Indian Asian population, and a community of Vietnamese and Laotians in Southwest Detroit.
As of 2006, the city has one of the U.S.'s largest concentrations of Hmong Americans.
In 2006, the city had about 4,000 Hmong and other Asian immigrant families.
Hmong immigrant families generally have lower incomes than those of suburban Asian families.
Several major corporations are based in the city, including three Fortune 500 companies.
The most heavily represented sectors are manufacturing (particularly automotive), finance, technology, and health care.
The most significant companies based in Detroit include General Motors, Quicken Loans, Ally Financial, Compuware, Shinola, American Axle, Little Caesars, DTE Energy, Lowe Campbell Ewald, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Rossetti Architects.
About 80,500 people work in downtown Detroit, comprising one-fifth of the city's employment base.
Aside from the numerous Detroit-based companies listed above, downtown contains large offices for Comerica, Chrysler, Fifth Third Bank, HP Enterprise, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and Ernst & Young.
Thousands more employees work in Midtown, north of the central business district.
Like downtown and Corktown, Midtown also has a fast-growing retailing and restaurant scene.
A number of the city's downtown employers are relatively new, as there has been a marked trend of companies moving from satellite suburbs around Metropolitan Detroit into the downtown core.
Perhaps most prominently, in 2010, Quicken Loans, one of the largest mortgage lenders, relocated its world headquarters and 4,000 employees to downtown Detroit, consolidating its suburban offices.
In July 2012, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office opened its Elijah J. McCoy Satellite Office in the Rivertown/Warehouse District as its first location outside Washington, D.C.'s metropolitan area.
In April 2014, the United States Department of Labor reported the city's unemployment rate at 14.5%.
The city of Detroit and other public–private partnerships have attempted to catalyze the region's growth by facilitating the building and historical rehabilitation of residential high-rises in the downtown, creating a zone that offers many business tax incentives, creating recreational spaces such as the Detroit RiverWalk, Campus Martius Park, Dequindre Cut Greenway, and Green Alleys in Midtown.
The city itself has cleared sections of land while retaining a number of historically significant vacant buildings in order to spur redevelopment; even though it has struggled with finances, the city issued bonds in 2008 to provide funding for ongoing work to demolish blighted properties.
Two years earlier, downtown reported $1.3 billion in restorations and new developments which increased the number of construction jobs in the city.
In the decade prior to 2006, downtown gained more than $15 billion in new investment from private and public sectors.
Despite the city's recent financial issues, many developers remain unfazed by Detroit's problems.
Midtown is one of the most successful areas within Detroit to have a residential occupancy rate of 96%.
Numerous developments have been recently completed or are in various stages of construction.
These include the $82 million reconstruction of downtown's David Whitney Building (now an Aloft Hotel and luxury residences), the Woodward Garden Block Development in Midtown, the residential conversion of the David Broderick Tower in downtown, the rehabilitation of the Book Cadillac Hotel (now a Westin and luxury condos) and Fort Shelby Hotel (now Doubletree) also in downtown, and various smaller projects.
Downtown's population of young professionals is growing and retail is expanding.
A study in 2007 found out that Downtown's new residents are predominantly young professionals (57% are ages 25 to 34, 45% have bachelor's degrees, and 34% have a master's or professional degree), a trend which has hastened over the last decade.
Since 2006, $9 billion has been invested in downtown and surrounding neighborhoods; $5.2 billion of which has come in 2013 and 2014.
Construction activity, particularly rehabilitation of historic downtown buildings, has increased markedly.
The number of vacant downtown buildings has dropped from nearly 50 to around 13.
On July 25, 2013, Meijer, a midwestern retail chain, opened its first supercenter store in Detroit; this was a $20 million, 190,000-square-foot store in the northern portion of the city and it also is the centerpiece of a new $72 million shopping center named Gateway Marketplace.
On June 11, 2015, Meijer opened its second supercenter store in the city.
On June 26, 2019, JPMorgan Chase announced plans to invest $50 million more in affordable housing, job training and entrepreneurship by the end of 2022, growing its investment to $200 million.
Culture and contemporary life
Main article: Culture of Detroit
In the central portions of Detroit, the population of young professionals, artists, and other transplants is growing and retail is expanding.
Detroit's proximity to Windsor, Ontario, provides for views and nightlife, along with Ontario's minimum drinking age of 19.
A 2011 study by Walk Score recognized Detroit for its above average walkability among large U.S. cities.
About two-thirds of suburban residents occasionally dine and attend cultural events or take in professional games in the city of Detroit.
It is an important source of popular music legacies celebrated by the city's two familiar nicknames, the Motor City and Motown.
Other nicknames arose in the 20th century, including City of Champions, beginning in the 1930s for its successes in individual and team sport; The D; Hockeytown (a trademark owned by the city's NHL club, the Red Wings); Rock City (after the Kiss song "Detroit Rock City"); and The 313 (its telephone area code).
Main article: Music of Detroit
Live music has been a prominent feature of Detroit's nightlife since the late 1940s, bringing the city recognition under the nickname 'Motown'.
The metropolitan area has many nationally prominent live music venues.
Concerts hosted by Live Nation perform throughout the Detroit area.
Large concerts are held at DTE Energy Music Theatre.
The city of Detroit has a rich musical heritage and has contributed to a number of different genres over the decades leading into the new millennium.
Important music events in the city include: the Detroit International Jazz Festival, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the Motor City Music Conference (MC2), the Urban Organic Music Conference, the Concert of Colors, and the hip-hop Summer Jamz festival.
Hooker recorded for Fortune Records, the biggest pre-Motown blues/soul label.
During the 1950s, the city became a center for jazz, with stars performing in the Black Bottom neighborhood.
Prominent emerging Jazz musicians of the 1960s included: trumpet player Donald Byrd who attended Cass Tech and performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers early in his career and Saxophonist Pepper Adams who enjoyed a solo career and accompanied Byrd on several albums.
The Graystone International Jazz Museum documents jazz in Detroit.
According to Smokey Robinson, Strong was a primary influence on his voice as a teenager.
The Fortune label, a family-operated label on Third Avenue in Detroit, was owned by the husband and wife team of Jack Brown and Devora Brown.
Fortune, which also released country, gospel and rockabilly LPs and 45s, laid the groundwork for Motown, which became Detroit's most legendary record label.
Berry Gordy, Jr. founded Motown Records which rose to prominence during the 1960s and early 1970s with acts such as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Diana Ross & The Supremes, the Jackson 5, Martha and the Vandellas, The Spinners, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Marvelettes, The Elgins, The Monitors, The Velvelettes and Marvin Gaye.
Artists were backed by in-house vocalists The Andantes and The Funk Brothers, the Motown house band that was featured in Paul Justman's 2002 documentary film Standing in the Shadows of Motown, based on Allan Slutsky's book of the same name.
The Motown Sound played an important role in the crossover appeal with popular music, since it was the first African American owned record label to primarily feature African-American artists.
Gordy moved Motown to Los Angeles in 1972 to pursue film production, but the company has since returned to Detroit.
Aretha Franklin, another Detroit R&B star, carried the Motown Sound; however, she did not record with Berry's Motown Label.
Local artists and bands rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s including: the MC5, Glenn Frey, The Stooges, Bob Seger, Amboy Dukes featuring Ted Nugent, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, Rare Earth, Alice Cooper, and Suzi Quatro.
In the 1980s, Detroit was an important center of the hardcore punk rock underground with many nationally known bands coming out of the city and its suburbs, such as The Necros, The Meatmen, and Negative Approach.
In the 1990s and the new millennium, the city has produced a number of influential hip hop artists, including Eminem, the hip-hop artist with the highest cumulative sales, his rap group D12, hip-hop rapper and producer Royce da 5'9", hip-hop producer Denaun Porter, hip-hop producer J Dilla, rapper and producer Esham and hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse.
The city also has an active garage rock genre that has generated national attention with acts such as: The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, The Detroit Cobras, The Dirtbombs, Electric Six, and The Hard Lessons.
Detroit is cited as the birthplace of techno music in the early 1980s.
Featuring science fiction imagery and robotic themes, its futuristic style was greatly influenced by the geography of Detroit's urban decline and its industrial past.
In the early years (2000–2002), this was a landmark event, boasting over a million estimated attendees annually, coming from all over the world to celebrate Techno music in the city of its birth.
Entertainment and performing arts
Main article: Theatre in Detroit
Major theaters in Detroit include the Fox Theatre (5,174 seats), Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts (1,770 seats), the Gem Theatre (451 seats), Masonic Temple Theatre (4,404 seats), the Detroit Opera House (2,765 seats), the Fisher Theatre (2,089 seats), The Fillmore Detroit (2,200 seats), Saint Andrew's Hall, the Majestic Theater, and Orchestra Hall (2,286 seats) which hosts the renowned Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Motown Motion Picture Studios with 535,000 square feet (49,700 m) produces movies in Detroit and the surrounding area based at the Pontiac Centerpoint Business Campus for a film industry expected to employ over 4,000 people in the metro area.
Main article: Tourism in metropolitan Detroit
Because of its unique culture, distinctive architecture, and revitalization and urban renewal efforts in the 21st century, Detroit has enjoyed increased prominence as a tourist destination in recent years.
The New York Times listed Detroit as the 9th-best destination in its list of 52 Places to Go in 2017, while travel guide publisher Lonely Planet named Detroit the second-best city in the world to visit in 2018.
These museums include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Science Center, as well as the main branch of the Detroit Public Library.
Other cultural highlights include Motown Historical Museum, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum (birthplace of the Ford Model T and the world's oldest car factory building open to the public), the Pewabic Pottery studio and school, the Tuskegee Airmen Museum, Fort Wayne, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), and the Belle Isle Conservatory.
In 2010, the G.R.
N'Namdi Gallery opened in a 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m) complex in Midtown.
The Detroit Historical Society provides information about tours of area churches, skyscrapers, and mansions.
Inside Detroit, meanwhile, hosts tours, educational programming, and a downtown welcome center.
Other sites of interest are the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle, and Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills.
The city's Greektown and three downtown casino resort hotels serve as part of an entertainment hub.
The Eastern Market farmer's distribution center is the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States and has more than 150 foods and specialty businesses.
On Saturdays, about 45,000 people shop the city's historic Eastern Market.
Midtown has about 50,000 residents and attracts millions of visitors each year to its museums and cultural centers; for example, the Detroit Festival of the Arts in Midtown draws about 350,000 people.
Annual summer events include the Electronic Music Festival, International Jazz Festival, the Woodward Dream Cruise, the African World Festival, the country music Hoedown, Noel Night, and Dally in the Alley.
Within downtown, Campus Martius Park hosts large events, including the annual Motown Winter Blast.
As the world's traditional automotive center, the city hosts the North American International Auto Show.
Held since 1924, America's Thanksgiving Parade is one of the nation's largest.
River Days, a five-day summer festival on the International Riverfront lead up to the Windsor–Detroit International Freedom Festival fireworks, which draw super sized-crowds ranging from hundreds of thousands to over three million people.
The image is often used as a symbol of Detroit and the statue itself is occasionally dressed in sports jerseys to celebrate when a Detroit team is doing well.
A memorial to Joe Louis at the intersection of Jefferson and Woodward Avenues was dedicated on October 1, 1986.
Artist Tyree Guyton created the controversial street art exhibit known as the Heidelberg Project in 1986, using found objects including cars, clothing and shoes found in the neighborhood near and on Heidelberg Street on the near East Side of Detroit.
Guyton continues to work with neighborhood residents and tourists in constantly evolving the neighborhood-wide art installation.
Detroit is one of 13 U.S. metropolitan areas that are home to professional teams representing the four major sports in North America.
Since 2017, all of these teams play in the city limits of Detroit itself, a distinction shared with only three other U.S. cities.
Detroit is the only U.S. city to have its four major sports teams play within its downtown district.
There are three active major sports venues in the city: Comerica Park (home of the Major League Baseball team Detroit Tigers), Ford Field (home of the NFL's Detroit Lions), and Little Caesars Arena (home of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings and the NBA's Detroit Pistons).
A 1996 marketing campaign promoted the nickname "Hockeytown".
With the Pistons' first of three NBA titles in 1989, the city of Detroit has won titles in all four of the major professional sports leagues.
In college sports, Detroit's central location within the Mid-American Conference has made it a frequent site for the league's championship events.
While the MAC Basketball Tournament moved permanently to Cleveland starting in 2000, the MAC Football Championship Game has been played at Ford Field in Detroit since 2004, and annually attracts 25,000 to 30,000 fans.
The NCAA football Quick Lane Bowl is held at Ford Field each December.
The local soccer team is called the Detroit City Football Club and was founded in 2012.
The team plays in the National Premier Soccer League, and its nickname is Le Rouge.
Detroit is one of eight American cities to have won titles in all four major leagues (MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA), though of the eight it is the only one to have not won a Super Bowl title (all of the Lions' titles came prior to the start of the Super Bowl era).
In the years following the mid-1930s, Detroit was referred to as the "City of Champions" after the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings captured the three major professional sports championships in existence at the time in a seven-month period of time (the Tigers won the World Series in October 1935; the Lions won the NFL championship in December 1935; the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in April 1936).
In 1932, Eddie "The Midnight Express" Tolan from Detroit won the 100- and 200-meter races and two gold medals at the 1932 Summer Olympics.
Joe Louis won the heavyweight championship of the world in 1937.
Detroit has made the most bids to host the Summer Olympics without ever being awarded the games although all seven being unsuccessful bids for the 1944, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972 summer games.
Law and government
The city is governed pursuant to the home rule Charter of the City of Detroit.
All of these officers are elected on a nonpartisan ballot, with the exception of four of the police commissioners, who are appointer by the mayor.
Detroit has a "strong mayoral" system, with the mayor approving departmental appointments.
The council approves budgets, but the mayor is not obligated to adhere to any earmarking.
The city clerk supervises elections and is formally charged with the maintenance of municipal records.
The city clerk supervises elections and is formally charged with the maintenance of municipal records.
Municipal elections for mayor, city council and city clerk are held at four-year intervals, in the year after presidential elections.
Following a November 2009 referendum, seven council members will be elected from districts beginning in 2013 while two will continue to be elected at-large.
Detroit's courts are state-administered and elections are nonpartisan.
The Circuit Court is across Gratiot Avenue in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, in downtown Detroit.
The city is home to the Thirty-Sixth District Court, as well as the First District of the Michigan Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Detroit has struggled with high crime for decades.
The number of homicides peaked in 1974 at 714 and again in 1991 with 615.
The murder rate for the city has gone up and down throughout the years averaging over 400 murders with a population of over 1,000,000 residents.
The crime rate however has been above the national average since the 1970s.
Crime has since decreased and, in 2014, the murder rate was 43.4 per 100,000, lower than in St. . Louis
About half of all murders in Michigan in 2015 occurred in Detroit.
Although the rate of violent crime dropped 11% in 2008, violent crime in Detroit has not declined as much as the national average from 2007 to 2011.
The violent crime rate is one of the highest in the United States.
Neighborhoodscout.com reported a crime rate of 62.18 per 1,000 residents for property crimes, and 16.73 per 1,000 for violent crimes (compared to national figures of 32 per 1,000 for property crimes and 5 per 1,000 for violent crime in 2008).
Annual statistics released by the Detroit Police Department for 2016 indicate that while the city's overall crime rate declined that year, the murder rate rose from 2015.
In 2016 there were 302 homicides in Detroit, a 2.37% increase in the number of murder victims from the preceding year.
The city's downtown typically has lower crime than national and state averages.
According to a 2007 analysis, Detroit officials note about 65 to 70 percent of homicides in the city were drug related, with the rate of unsolved murders roughly 70%.
In 2012, crime in the city was among the reasons for more expensive car insurance.
Beginning with its incorporation in 1802, Detroit has had a total of 74 mayors.
In 1973, the city elected its first black mayor, Coleman Young.
Despite development efforts, his combative style during his five terms in office was not well received by many suburban residents.
Mayor Dennis Archer, a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice, refocused the city's attention on redevelopment with a plan to permit three casinos downtown.
By 2008, three major casino resort hotels established operations in the city.
In 2000, the city requested an investigation by the United States Justice Department into the Detroit Police Department which was concluded in 2003 over allegations regarding its use of force and civil rights violations.
The city proceeded with a major reorganization of the Detroit Police Department.
In 2013, felony bribery charges were brought against seven building inspectors.
In 2016, further corruption charges were brought against 12 principals, a former school superintendent and supply vendor for a $12 million kickback scheme.
However, law professor Peter Henning argues Detroit's corruption is not unusual for a city its size, especially when compared with Chicago.
Detroit is sometimes referred to as the sanctuary city because it has "anti-profiling ordinances that generally prohibit local police from asking about the immigration status of people who are not suspected of any crime".
Some parts of Detroit are so sparsely populated the city has difficulty providing municipal services.
The city has demolished abandoned homes and buildings, planting grass and trees, and considered removing street lighting from large portions of the city, in order to encourage the small population in certain areas to move to more populated areas.
Roughly half of the owners of Detroit's 305,000 properties failed to pay their 2011 tax bills, resulting in about $246 million in taxes and fees going uncollected, nearly half of which was due to Detroit.
The rest of the money would have been earmarked for Wayne County, Detroit Public Schools, and the library system.
It has been making ends meet on a month-to-month basis with the help of bond money held in a state escrow account and has instituted mandatory unpaid days off for many city workers.
Those troubles, along with underfunded city services, such as police and fire departments, and ineffective turnaround plans from Mayor Bing and the City Council led the state of Michigan to appoint an emergency manager for Detroit on March 14, 2013.
On June 14, 2013, Detroit defaulted on $2.5 billion of debt by withholding $39.7 million in interest payments, while Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr met with bondholders and other creditors in an attempt to restructure the city's $18.5 billion debt and avoid bankruptcy.
On July 18, 2013, the City of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.
It was declared bankrupt by U.S. judge Stephen Rhodes on December 3, with its $18.5 billion debt; he said in accepting the city's contention it is broke and negotiations with its thousands of creditors were infeasible.
The city levies an income tax of 2.4 percent on residents and 1.2 percent on nonresidents.
Education and research institute
Colleges and universities
Detroit is home to several institutions of higher learning including Wayne State University, a national research university with medical and law schools in the Midtown area offering hundreds of academic degrees and programs.
The University of Detroit Mercy, in Northwest Detroit in the University District, is a prominent Roman Catholic co-educational university affiliated with the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy.
Grand Valley State University's Detroit Center host workshops, seminars, professional development, and other large gatherings in the building.
Located in the heart of downtown next to Comerica Park and the Detroit Athletic Club, the Center has become a key component for educational activity in the city.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, founded in 1919, is affiliated with Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome and offers pontifical degrees as well as civil undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Sacred Heart Major Seminary offers a variety of academic programs for both clerical and lay students.
In June 2009, the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine which is based in East Lansing opened a satellite campus at the Detroit Medical Center.
Primary and secondary schools
As of 2016 many K-12 students in Detroit frequently change schools, with some children having been enrolled in seven schools before finishing their K-12 careers.
There is a concentration of senior high schools and charter schools in the Downtown Detroit area, which had wealthier residents and more gentrification relative to other parts of Detroit: Downtown, northwest Detroit, and northeast Detroit have 1,894, 3,742, and 6,018 students of high school age each, respectively, while they have 11, three, and two high schools each, respectively.
As of 2016 because of the lack of public transportation and the lack of school bus services, many Detroit families have to rely on themselves to transport children to school.
Public schools and charter schools
Detroit has an additional 56,000 charter school students for a combined enrollment of about 122,000 students.
As of 2009 there are about as many students in charter schools as there are in district schools.
As of 2016 DPS continues to have the majority of the special education pupils.
In addition, some Detroit students, as of 2016, attend public schools in other municipalities.
In 1999, the Michigan Legislature removed the locally elected board of education amid allegations of mismanagement and replaced it with a reform board appointed by the mayor and governor.
The elected board of education was re-established following a city referendum in 2005.
The first election of the new 11-member board of education occurred on November 8, 2005.
Due to growing Detroit charter schools enrollment as well as a continued exodus of population, the city planned to close many public schools.
State officials report a 68% graduation rate for Detroit's public schools adjusted for those who change schools.
Traditional public and charter school students in the city have performed poorly on standardized tests.
Circa 2009 and 2011, while Detroit traditional public schools scored a record low on national tests, the publicly funded charter schools did even worse than the traditional public schools.
As of 2016 there were 30,000 excess openings in Detroit traditional public and charter schools, bearing in mind the number of K-12-aged children in the city.
In 2016, Kate Zernike of The New York Times stated school performance did not improve despite the proliferation of charters, describing the situation as "lots of choice, with no good choice".
Among eighth-graders, only 27% showed basic proficiency in math and 44% in reading.
Nearly half of Detroit's adults are functionally illiterate.
Detroit is served by various private schools, as well as parochial Roman Catholic schools operated by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
As of 2013 there are four Catholic grade schools and three Catholic high schools in the City of Detroit, with all of them in the city's west side.
The Archdiocese of Detroit lists a number of primary and secondary schools in the metro area as Catholic education has emigrated to the suburbs.
Of the three Catholic high schools in the city, two are operated by the Society of Jesus and the third is co-sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Congregation of St. . Basil
The Catholic school population in Detroit has decreased due to the increase of charter schools, increasing tuition at Catholic schools, the small number of African-American Catholics, White Catholics moving to suburbs, and the decreased number of teaching nuns.
Main article: Media in Detroit
Media philanthropy includes the Detroit Free Press high school journalism program and the Old Newsboys' Goodfellow Fund of Detroit.
In March 2009, the two newspapers reduced home delivery to three days a week, print reduced newsstand issues of the papers on non-delivery days and focus resources on Internet-based news delivery.
The Metro Times, founded in 1980, is a weekly publication, covering news, arts & entertainment.
Also founded in 1935 and based in Detroit the Michigan Chronicle is one of the oldest and most respected African-American weekly newspapers in America.
Covering politics, entertainment, sports and community events.
The Detroit television market is the 11th largest in the United States; according to estimates that do not include audiences in large areas of Ontario, Canada (Windsor and its surrounding area on broadcast and cable TV, as well as several other cable markets in Ontario, such as the city of Ottawa) which receive and watch Detroit television stations.
Detroit has the 11th largest radio market in the United States, though this ranking does not take into account Canadian audiences.
Nearby Canadian stations such as Windsor's CKLW (whose jingles formerly proclaimed "CKLW-the Motor City") are popular in Detroit.
Within the city of Detroit, there are over a dozen major hospitals which include the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Henry Ford Health System, St. , and the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center. John Health System
The DMC, a regional Level I trauma center, consists of Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Harper University Hospital, Hutzel Women's Hospital, Kresge Eye Institute, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Sinai-Grace Hospital, and the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
The DMC has more than 2,000 licensed beds and 3,000 affiliated physicians.
It is the largest private employer in the City of Detroit.
The center is staffed by physicians from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, the largest single-campus medical school in the United States, and the United States' fourth largest medical school overall.
Vanguard has agreed to invest nearly $1.5 B in the Detroit Medical Center complex which will include $417 M to retire debts, at least $350 M in capital expenditures and an additional $500 M for new capital investment.
Vanguard has agreed to assume all debts and pension obligations.
In 2012, two major construction projects were begun in New Center, the Henry Ford Health System started the first phase of a $500 million, 300-acre revitalization project, with the construction of a new $30 million, 275,000-square-foot, Medical Distribution Center for Cardinal Health, Inc. and Wayne State University started construction on a new $93 million, 207,000-square-foot, Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio).
As many as 500 researchers, and staff will work out of the IBio Center.
Main article: Transportation in metropolitan Detroit
With its proximity to Canada and its facilities, ports, major highways, rail connections and international airports, Detroit is an important transportation hub.
The Ambassador Bridge is the single busiest border crossing in North America, carrying 27% of the total trade between the U.S. and Canada.
On February 18, 2015, Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced Canada has agreed to pay the entire cost to build a $250 million U.S. Customs plaza adjacent to the planned new Detroit–Windsor bridge, now the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Canada had already planned to pay for 95% of the bridge, which will cost $2.1 billion, and is expected to open in 2022 or 2023.
"This allows Canada and Michigan to move the project forward immediately to its next steps which include further design work and property acquisition on the U.S. side of the border," Raitt said in a statement issued after she spoke in the House of Commons.
Mass transit in the region is provided by bus services.
The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) provides service within city limits up to the outer edges of the city.
From there, the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) provides service to the suburbs and the city regionally with local routes and SMART's FAST service.
FAST is a new service provided by SMART which offers limited stops along major corridors throughout the Detroit metropolitan area connecting the suburbs to downtown.
The new high-frequency service travels along three of Detroit's busiest corridors, Gratiot, Woodward, and Michigan, and only stops at designated FAST stops.
Cross border service between the downtown areas of Windsor and Detroit is provided by Transit Windsor via the Tunnel Bus.
An elevated rail system known as the People Mover, completed in 1987, provides daily service around a 2.94-mile (4.73 km) loop downtown.
The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) was established by an act of the Michigan legislature in December 2012 to oversee and coordinate all existing regional mass transit operations, and to develop new transit services in the region.
The RTA's first project was the introduction of RelfeX, a limited-stop, cross-county bus service connecting downtown and midtown Detroit with Oakland county via Woodward avenue.
The Amtrak station is in New Center north of downtown.
The city of Detroit has a higher than average percentage of households without a car.
In 2016, 24.7 percent of Detroit households lacked a car, much higher than the national average of 8.7.
Detroit averaged 1.15 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8.
Freight railroad operations in the city of Detroit are provided by Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, Conrail Shared Assets, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway, each of which have local yards within the city.
The airport is connected to Downtown Detroit by the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) FAST Michigan route.
Main article: Roads and freeways in metropolitan Detroit
Four major Interstate Highways surround the city.
I-75 (Chrysler and Fisher freeways) is the region's main north–south route, serving Flint, Pontiac, Troy, and Detroit, before continuing south (as the Detroit–Toledo and Seaway Freeways) to serve many of the communities along the shore of Lake Erie.
I-94 (Edsel Ford Freeway) runs east–west through Detroit and serves Ann Arbor to the west (where it continues to Chicago) and Port Huron to the northeast.
The stretch of the I-94 freeway from Ypsilanti to Detroit was one of America's earlier limited-access highways.
Henry Ford built it to link the factories at Willow Run and Dearborn during World War II.
A portion was known as the Willow Run Expressway.
The I-96 freeway runs northwest–southeast through Livingston, Oakland and Wayne counties and (as the Jeffries Freeway through Wayne County) has its eastern terminus in downtown Detroit.
I-375 is a short spur route in downtown Detroit, an extension of the Chrysler Freeway.
I-696 (Reuther Freeway) runs east–west from the junction of I-96 and I-275, providing a route through the northern suburbs of Detroit.
Taken together, I-275 and I-696 form a semicircle around Detroit.
Michigan state highways designated with the letter M serve to connect major freeways.
Floating post office
Detroit has a floating post office.
In 1948, The J. became a floating post office servicing the Port of Detroit. W. Westcott II
Its zip code is 48222.
Originally established in 1874 as a maritime reporting agency to inform other vessels about port conditions, the J. W. Westcott II is still in operation today.
Main article: List of people from Detroit
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