What to see and how to stay safe in Detroit?
June 15, 2010 11:18 AM Subscribe
DetroitFilter: I will be in Detroit for a conference next week. Help me figure out some issues of safety and sightseeing.
posted by toomuchkatherine to Travel & Transportation around Detroit, MI (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm going to be attending the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit from June 22 to 27. The conference happens at the Cobo Hall complex in, um, what looks to be downtown. I'm staying at a hotel on John R street, about half a mile away.
Obviously, I've heard a lot about how Detroit is a weird place: shrinking, crumbling. Sounds fascinating, but maybe a little scary too. Questions: Will I be safe walking from Cobo back to my hotel after dark? What's public transportation in Detroit like? Finally, I expect the conference to keep me busy, but it's also my first trip to the city and I'd love to get a feel for said industrial decay, the urban gardening I've heard so much about, and other forms of social innovation or just weirdness going on in the city. Are there any places or activities you'd recommend? Finally, if anyone knows a place in the city to stay for cheap, I'd consider canceling my expensive hotel res. and relocating, even if it means having to rent a car.