Sweet spots in Detroit
May 22, 2012 9:55 AM   Subscribe

Detroit Filter: Where can I go to see beautiful examples of nature taking over abandonment? Also, interesting places where artists have re-worked the space? Or places were artists have kids.

I've been to Detroit a couple times now and seen some great old buildings, some great art, and some wonderful open spaces in the city. I'm going back in a couple days and have a list of farms, studios and bike shops to check out, but I'm also looking for sights that won't be readily available on the internet.

Particularly, I love places where nature has broken through brick and concrete to grow. I love vines covering old cars and buildings. I've found Detroit Urbex and contacted them, but I'm hoping there might be more leads.

I'd also love to see creative re-uses of spaces. I've found a couple on the internet, like The Imagination Station, but I'm hoping to find more.

Finally, I am traveling from Portland where it's really easy to find creative people with babies wanting to hang out with each other. Has this been at all organized in Detroit?
posted by ohisee to Travel & Transportation around Detroit, MI (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Sweet Juniper! recommends looking at Detroit Design Guide. They list some general interesting neighborhoods (not necessary just museums and such). You will have already seen some places on that list, but maybe not all of them.

As for groups of people hanging out together, that's a little trickier. Maybe The Rustbelt Market in Ferndale? At least might be able to chat with some maker/artist types there.
posted by agentmitten at 10:12 AM on May 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Wow! Great Resource. Thanks!
posted by ohisee at 11:43 AM on May 22, 2012

I wrote a MeFi post on things of this sort back in 2009, so some of the links have died. The Heidelberg Project is still going strong.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:58 PM on May 22, 2012

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