My City

Welcome to Detroit! I always enjoy saying that to visitors either from the burbs’ or from out of town.

I work downtown and I live in Grand Circus Park at the Kales Building. The Crown Jewel of GCP. The owners spent sixteen million on returning this Abert Kahn designed high rise to it’s original beauty.

There are so many old buildings here with so much rich history. Of course the JL Hudson Building on Woodward is probably the most famous with a long history. The David Whitney Bldg, right across the street from me sits empty. The 13th stop of the People Mover sits infront. This building has a magnificent six story atreum.

Actually there are 15 buildings and lots in the Grand Circus Park area and about 11 owners from the Ilitchs’ who own the United Artists and the Fine Arts structures to David DiCiera who built the Detroit Opera Theater. Each has it’s own history and story.

You can take “tours” of these and other fine buildings, check out cool maps and tons of information right here————> “>“>, (click on “Classic Tours”“>

To some these monuments are ugly and should be removed. I see opportunities. The Kales Building is such a success that Mike Illitch announced last month that his organization will restore the United Artists location and, in addition, construct a new office tower where the Statler Hilton once stood across the street with a skyway connecting the two.

The founding fathers designed GCP as the hub of the wheel that spreads out in every direction. I think that’s a great place to start turning the lights back on.

1 Comment so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2006 @ 8:34 am

    my hope is that they’d keep the lights on… sometimes when i drove through GCP, they don’t have the lights on and they really need to keep ’em on because it makes a huge difference…

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