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Destroit Insitute of Arts, in Detroit, Michigan
Destroit Insitute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan
Detroit is the largest city in Michigan. As of 2005, the population was 886,675, making it 11th largest city in the United States of America. Even so, the population has fallen by more than half since its peak in the early 1950s - at one time the city was the 4th largest in the country.

Detroit is known worldwide as a center of automobile manufacturing (hence its two best-known nicknames: "Motor City" and "Motown"), as well as for its music. Apart "Motor City" and "Motown", Detroit has many other nicknames including "Arsenal of Democracy" (which was popular during World War II), as well as "The D", "D-Town", "Hockeytown", "Rock City" and "The 3-1-3" (from the city's telephone area area code).

Attractions in the Detroit area include:
GM Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan:
GM Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Facts

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  • Some of the major companies with their headquarters in Detroit include Compuware and General Motors.

  • The principal airport serving Detroit is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

  • Some of the leading educational institutions in Detroit include University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University. University of Detroit Mercy is a comprehensive university, and the largest Roman Catholic university in the state. Wayne State University is a research university with 11 schools and colleges, 350 major subject areas, and more than 33,000 students including both undergraduates and postgraduates.

  • Professional sports franchises in Detroit include the ice hockey team, the Detroit Red Wings, the Major League Baseball team, the Detroit Tigers, and the NFL American football team, the Detroit Lions.

  • Detroit's nicknames include "America's Automotive Capital", "America's Comeback City", "Arsenal of Democracy", "City of the Straits", "City of Trees", "Hitsville, USA", "Hockeytown", "Motown", "The D", "The Motor City", "The Paris of the Midwest", and "The Renaissance City".

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Moon Michigan (Travel Guide)

By Paul Vachon

Released: 2017-05-09
Paperback (450 pages)

Moon Michigan (Travel Guide)
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Discover Michigan with Moon Travel Guides!

Moon Michigan reveals the best of the Great Lakes States' charming small towns, vibrant urban hubs, and vast, untouched wilderness.

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  • Full coverage of Michigan, from Detroit and Ann Arbor to Mackinac Island and the Upper Peninsula
  • Strategic itineraries for every budget and timeline, curated for beach-goers, hikers, wine enthusiasts, history buffs, road-trippers, and more
  • Must-see attractions and ideas for making the most of your trip: Hike through evergreen forests or along freshwater coastlines, catch a glimpse of wild moose and black bears, and set up camp under a crystal-clear summer sky. Spend your days fishing, boating, and swimming in pristine lakes, or snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Browse galleries and gardens in Ann Arbor, or explore Motor City's rich industrial and musical history. Take a romantic carriage ride on Mackinac or a scenic tour of wine country, and discover the best spots to see fall foliage
  • Honest advice from lifelong Michigander Paul Vachon on when to go, what to pack, and where to stay, from campsites and motels to golf resorts and lakeside lodges
  • Detailed maps and helpful reference photos throughout
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  • Thorough background on the culture, weather, wildlife, and history, plus tips on getting there and getting around by car and public transportation
With Moon's local insight, diverse ideas, and expert advice on the best of Michigan, you can plan your trip your way.

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Things I Do in Detroit: A Guide Book to the Coolest Places by the Nain Rouge

By Dave Krieger

Kmw Studio
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Things I Do in Detroit: A Guide Book to the Coolest Places by the Nain Rouge
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  • Detroit's fabled gnome, the Nain Rouge, shares his favorite locations in this visually rich guide book of amazing things to see and do in Detroit
  • An alternative guidebook that will appeal to photography and popular culture book buyers and collectors, historians, celebrity seekers, and fantasy enthusiasts
The Nain Rouge, French for red dwarf, is a fabled gnome that has lived in Detroit before it was settled by Cadillac in 1701.

For over 300 years the Nain Rouge is reported to appear during various historical events throughout the city. Originally seen as a malevolent character in the folklore of Detroit, the Nain Rouge is actually the consummate outsider, blamed for any and all disasters in Detroit's history while being ignored for his positive contributions to the richness and development of the city.

Activities change dramatically over the centuries and every generation brings a new excitement to Detroit. With the influx of new energy, the time has come for the Nain Rouge to reclaim his standing as Detroit's honorary grand citizen, contributor, booster and as the oldest resident historian of the city.

Never to have sought credit for his contributions before, the Nain Rouge reveals himself to the public for the first time in this visually rich guide book of amazing thinks to see and do in Detroit today.

Rand McNally Folded Map: Detroit and Southeastern Michigan Regional Map

By Rand McNally

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Rand McNally Folded Map: Detroit and Southeastern Michigan Regional Map
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Rand McNally's folded map for Detroit is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around the Detroit area and Southeastern part of Michigan, offering unbeatable accuracy and reliability at a great price. Our trusted cartography shows all Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways, along with clearly indicated parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, and streets. The easy-to-use legend and detailed index make for quick and easy location of destinations. You'll see why Rand McNally folded maps have been the trusted standard for years.

Regularly updated
Full-color maps
Clearly labeled Interstate, U.S., state, and county highways
Indications of parks, points of interest, airports, county boundaries, downtown & vicinity maps
Easy-to-use legend
Detailed index
Enlargements of Detroit downtown, Lansing downtown, Flint downtown, Ann Arbor downtown, University of Michigan, Detroit Metropolitan, Wayne County Airport
Convenient folded size

Communities Included: Burton, Flint, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lansing, Monroe, Pontiac, Rochester Hills

How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass

Belt Publishing
Released: 2015-12-01
Paperback (288 pages)

How To Live In Detroit Without Being A Jackass
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A social guide to Detroit for all coastal transplants, wary suburbanites, die-hard natives, and everyone in between, this book will help readers avoid falling into the "jackass" trap and become a productive, healthy Detroiter. The book covers topics such as how to do business, how to drive, how to party, how to talk about the city, and how to buy and renovate a house. Also included are the seven rules for living in the Motor City, simple answers to difficult questions about the city, and a quick tour. Readers will not only be informed but they will also be laughing along the way.

Detroit's Michigan Central Station (MI) (Images of America)

By Kelli B. Kavanaugh

Brand: Arcadia
Released: 2001-12-05
Paperback (128 pages)

Detroit s Michigan Central Station (MI) (Images of America)
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In 1913, the Michigan Central Station opened its majestic entrances to the people of Detroit. Designed by Warren & Wetmore and Reed & Stern, the firms also noted as the architects of the Grand Central Station in New York City, the depot was a marvel of grandeur and comfort for the traveler lucky enough to utilize its facilities. Soldiers went to war, families both separated and rejoined, and folks looking for an honest living in the Motor City all walked the Michigan Central's elegant corridors. Since the last train pulled away from the station in 1988, the structure has fallen prey to rapidly paced deterioration. Detroit's Michigan Central Station captures the glory of the Michigan Central and its environs. Using photographs from the Burton Historical Collection, as well as private collections, the book illustrates the use of the Michigan Central Station by a city whose story dramatically parallels that of this magnificent structure. The book also includes imagined futures of the station from some of the many people who have been inspired by the magic this grand building continues to exude.

Michigan's Most Haunted, A Ghostly Guide to the Great Lakes State

By Sandy Arno Lyons

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The author spent the summer traveling around the state of Michigan collecting ghost stories from Michigan hotels, B&B's, restaurants and more. More than 25 true tales, from 8 properties, are featured along with history, pictures and contact information. The 100-page book details ghost sightings, disembodied voices and mysterious movements of inanimate objects. If this book is out-of-stock on Amazon, it is because Amazon refuses to stock appropriate quantities. Please look for my book on Ebay, where books are always readily available.

Moon Spotlight Detroit & Ann Arbor

By Laura Martone

Moon Travel
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Moon Spotlight Detroit & Ann Arbor is a 110-page compact guide covering the best of Southern Michigan, including Detroit's treasured Belle Isle and one-of-a-kind The Henry Ford, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, one of America's pioneer wildlife conservation centers. Author Laura Martone offers seasoned advice on must-see attractions, and includes maps with sightseeing highlights so you can make the most of your time. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as easy-to-read maps, making navigating these diverse areas uncomplicated and enjoyable.

This Spotlight guidebook is excerpted from Moon Michigan.

Detroit: 1930-1969

By David Lee Poremba

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Released: 1999-08-09
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Detroit: 1930-1969
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As the roaring twenties came to an end and a new decade dawned, the United States found itself locked in the grips of the Great Depression. The City of Detroit was no exception as industry laid off workers and bread lines formed across the city. Detroit Mayor Frank Murphy let the country in supporting state and federal welfare programs to help people through the economic crisis. By the middle of the 1930s, Detroit began picking itself up out of the economic mud and was soon flexing its industrial muscle as manufacturing, led by the auto industry, put the Motor City back into shape. As the decade ended and war approached, the city was ready to take its place on the world stage. The country reeled from the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor and had to shift its industrial might from civilian use to the war effort. Nowhere was that more evident than in Detroit. Its huge manufacturing capabilities, when turned to the making of the implements of war, earned the city a new nickname. The Motor City became to the Arsenal of Democracy and began to evolve once more. The influx of workers from the Deep South to the war industry added yet another facet to the city's society and culture. As the Second World War came to a close and production re-tooled for the return to civilian life, an economic boom swept through Detroit. The city celebrated its 25oth birthday in 1951, prompting an outpouring of funds to build with. Major additions were made to the Art Institute, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the riverfront.

Wildsam Field Guides: Detroit (American City Guide Series)

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Wildsam Field Guides: Detroit leads travelers into the most authentic experience of the complex and storied Michigan city, working closely with a team of trusted locals. Contributors include journalists, entrepreneurs, a poet laureate, barber, Motown legend, bartenders, makers and artists, among others. Topics in the handsome volume include Berry Gordy, ice hockey, blight, the history of automobiles, race riots, Prohibition, urban farming and more.

Detroit & Ann Arbor: A Great Destination (Explorer's Guides)

By Jeff Counts

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Detroit & Ann Arbor: A Great Destination (Explorer s Guides)
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Jeff Counts gets behind the wheel to take us cruising the eclectic neighborhoods that comprise the “culture stew” that is Motor City―Detroit.

There’s great ethnic cuisine, extraordinary pre-war architecture, world-class museums, and a homegrown soundtrack, from Motown’s rhythm and blues to the undeniable pulse of rap.

Distinctive for their accuracy, simplicity, and conversational tone, the diverse travel guides in our Explorer's Great Destinations series meet the conflicting demands of the modern traveler. They're packed full of up-to-date information to help plan the perfect getaway. And they're compact and light enough to come along for the ride. A tool you'll turn to before, during, and after your trip, these guides include chapters on lodging, dining, transportation, history, shopping, recreation, and more; a section packed with practical information, such as lists of banks, hospitals, post offices, laundromats, numbers for police, fire, and rescue, and other relevant information; maps of regions and locales, and more. 100 full-color photographs and maps throughout

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