Overview of Detroit
Detroit is currently in the process of reviving its economy. While the most populous city in the state of Michigan is at work making that happen, a Detroit apartment won't cost you much. That's a fact that has made artists and makers and urban adventurers head for Michigan.
Living in Detroit
In the late 19th century, Detroit was known as the "Paris of the West." It was here that Henry Ford built his first car. Following him came Dodge, Packard, Chrysler, and other automotive impresarios. With industry came laborers from the American South and Europe. The powerhouse of Detroit gave rise to unions and civil rights struggles in the post-war period. When the auto industry fell into decline, so did Motown. Renaissance remains a powerful theme for residents, however. Ongoing downtown revitalization speaks to the resilience that drives this city.
In terms of art and culture, the Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the larger, more impressive art museums in the country. The Motown Museum invites you into the small home where the Supremes, the Temptations, and the Jackson 5 all recorded gold record hits. You can also catch a show in the stunning Fox theater.
For apartment renters looking for sporting events, head over to Comerica Park to watch the Detroit Tigers play baseball, Ford Field to see the Lions on the gridiron, Joe Louis Arena to watch the Red Wings take the ice, or head out to Auburn Hills to see the Pistons shoot hoops.
In terms of getting around the city, the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) provides bus service. Many residents drive as well.
Apartments in Detroit-Study
There are many higher education opportunities in the greater Detroit metropolitan area. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is approximately 43 miles away, and Wayne State University, University of Detroit Mercy, and the College for Creative Studies, are all within Detroit city limits.
Apartments in Detroit-Work
While the American auto industry isn't as vibrant as it once was, there are still many job opportunities in the Detroit area. Some of the major employers include Blue Cross Blue Shield, OnStar, and HP Enterprise Services, among others.