Riding the Detroit Q Line Light Rail, Grand Blvd. to Downtown

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Once those two wonderful ladies told me that the QLine was free to ride until July 1, I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to ride. I parked my car on a side street off Woodward, hopped on the streetcar (hey, that’s what they are) at Grand Blvd., and rode south.

If you’re a Detroit native or visitor who hasn’t been back in 20 or 30 years (or even 10), the changes to Woodward and downtown will absolutely amaze you. There’s rehab and construction all the way from Grand Blvd. to the river. Wayne State University is a huge presence, as are the sports teams. Crowds in front of theaters on a late Sunday afternoon are always a good sign.

The old Fox Theater, which saw Detroit both in its glory days as the center of the American car industry and the WWII “Arsenal of Democracy” and during its 70’s-80’s-90’s nadir, looks out over a bustling Woodward Ave. once again.

The People Mover has gotten a makeover, with gleaming blue cars.

And I never thought I’d be able to say “FedEx Office”, “Starbucks”, or “American Apparel” and “Detroit” in the same breath. But I can!

It’s a shame that big old Hudson’s Department Store isn’t still here, but I’m sure some big chain will smell the meat a-cookin. It’s great that things are happening in downtown Detroit outside of Greektown.

As a side note, Woodward Avenue has some seriously beautiful churches. You Detroit residents who are architectural buffs are very fortunate

Downtown Stockton California 2016 San Joaquin County

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