Rust Belt Take Over - Detroit Edition

 

Registration

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Official Interactive Map

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Schedule

Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Packard Plant Tour 3:00 - 4:30pm (limited to 20 people) 

  • Dinner on own

  • Opener event – 8:00pm @ PD Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Ave.

    • General refreshments will be served - Detroit made snacks, and drinks.

    • No onsite free parking - Parking Options below:

      • Street parking, unfortunately, is not free anymore but is the most affordable option if you can find it. 

      • There is a lot directly across from the house that usually charges $5

      • There is a WSU (Wayne State) lot adjacent to our building which costs $7.75 but is good for the evening.

    • The Mackenzie House is on the campus of Wayne State University. Alcohol is strictly prohibited. 

    • After party at a nearby bar/bars

Saturday, October 21, 2017

  • 8:30 - 9:30 am  - Morning Open House Building Hugger shop & break into groups then head to Eastern Market

  • 11:30 am Lunch – Eastern Market 

  • 1:00 pm - Free tour of Detroit Institute of Arts (optional)

  • 1:30 pm - Guided Afternoon Activities/Tours (advanced sign-up required)

PRESERVATION AND COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION: JEFFERSON-CHALMERS NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR
Join MHPN representative Jennifer Reinhardt on a walking tour of the historic Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood and learn about the role of preservation in community revitalization.

“For the past three years, MHPN has been conducting a “deep-dive” in the historic Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood in Detroit to showcase the role of preservation in community revitalization. Phase 1 of our demonstration project was a series of three workshops for property owners on older building maintenance. Phase 2 included a two-part youth involvement project that engaged young people in exploring cultural heritage connections between the history and current conditions of their Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood through photography. We are now entering Phase 3, in which we will purchase a residential property located at 845 Lakewood in partnership with Jefferson East, Inc. that will be rehabbed to move-in ready condition to sell to owner-occupants, incorporating free, hands-on community workshops as part of the rehab process. The ultimate goal of MHPN’s involvement and investment in Jefferson-Chalmers is twofold: to increase viability of the immediate neighborhood’s real estate market and to demonstrate the impact that historic preservation can have on a “tipping point” neighborhood (MHPN, Jefferson Chalmers Detroit http://www.mhpn.org/?page_id=2263]).”

DETROIT ’67 PERSPECTIVES EXHIBIT TOUR: DISCUSS THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE TURBULENT SUMMER OF 1967
Visit the Detroit Historical Museum’s special exhibit exploring an important part of the city’s history.

“Groups will experience Detroit 67: Perspectives through a dialogue-based, facilitated experience. Your group will visit the exhibition and participate in discussions surrounding the events of the turbulent summer of 1967. Following the facilitated portion, groups will be given additional time to reflect, experience portions of the exhibit individually, and to ask questions. This 90-minute experience allows guests to examine the footsteps Detroiters took in the past in hopes of inspiring and encouraging our future generations to shape a brighter future for the city of Detroit. The Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition is located adjacent to our Doorway to Freedom-Detroit and the Underground Railroad exhibition, which may be of additional interest to groups visiting the 67 exhibition (Detroit Historical Society, Detroit ’67 - http://www.detroit1967.org/).”

THE END OF THE RAILROAD: SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOUR
Detroit was part of the loose network known as the Underground Railroad. Situated just across the river from Canada, it became an important gateway to freedom.

“Visit the Second Baptist Connection to Freedom and take a historical ride on a train that traveled on no tracks.  Sit in the Croghan Street Station and hear the story of runaways escaping slavery who rested in secret in a basement room of the church before crossing the Detroit River to Canada and Freedom. Lecture Tours begin with participants seated in the Sanctuary for a 30-minute lecture and then converts to a walking tour though the church's three sections: the original building, annex building and educational building. Tour takes an hour or less. (Second Baptist Church, www.secondbaptistdetroit.org/ugrr).”

THE LABOR HISTORY OF DETROIT: A WALKING TOUR
As the home of the auto industry and other industries, labor unions played a big role in Detroit’s history and shaped what it is today. Take a downtown walking tour with a local labor history expert and learn about the strikes, leaders, and events important to that history, ending at the Labor Legacy Landmark in Hart Plaza.

  • 1:30 pm - Self Guided Tour Options:

    MICHIGAN MODERN WALKING TOUR OF WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY 
    Wayne State University is home to remarkable and unique mid-century modern architecture designed by architects such as Minoru Yamasaki, Alden B. Dow Associates, Albert Kahn Associates, and others. The tour begins at Cass and Warren Avenues.

    MICHIGAN MODERN BIKING TOUR OF LAFAYETTE/ELMWOOD PARK 
    Lafayette Park and Elmwood Park were Detroit’s first and second urban renewal projects.  Notable architects such as Ludwig Miles van der Rohe and local urban planners Crane & Gorwlc, Inc. where very involved in these projects. The tour begins at the Gratiot Avenue Entrance to the Dequidre Cut. 

Rent a bike from one of several MoGo bike sharing stations around the city. Two nearby stations are located at Gratiot Avenue and Russell Street; and at E. Lafayette Street and Orleans Street. Find all bike rental stations at MoGo’s website.

BELLE ISLE
Belle Isle, located in the Detroit River, features a park, aquarium, conservatory, and nature center. Rent a bike, kayak, canoe, or pedal boat from the Riverside Kayak Connection at the Flynn Pavilion and at Belle Isle Beach and explore the river and isle trails. 

Belle Isle Park: Open Daily, 5 am - 10 pm
elle Isle Aquarium: Fri. - Sun., 10 am - 4 pm
nna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory: Wed. - Sun., 10 am - 5 pm
Belle Isle Nature Center: Open Daily, 10 am - 5 pm
$11/car; $5/motorcycle; free for entry by foot, bike, or public transit

DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Visit the Detroit Historical Museum and learn about the fascinating and diverse history of the city. Self-guided tours are free. Permanent exhibitions include America’s Motor City; Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy;” Doorway to Freedom- Detroit and the Underground Railroad; and Frontiers to Factories: Detroiters at Work, 1701-1901. Changing exhibitions include the Automotive Showplace; Community Gallery; Detroit 67 Perspectives; and Freuhauf: First name in Transportation. Admission is free. 

LATINO PUBLIC ART IN SOUTHWEST DETROIT
Explore the vibrant Latino public art of Southwest Detroit. The neighborhood is known for murals, graffiti, statues, and more. El Museo Del Norte has put together a list of eight must-see pieces in the area. While you are there, experience the sights, shops, and food the Latino culture Southwest Detroit has to offer.

HEIDELBERG PROJECT
Explore the unique outdoor art of the Heidelberg Project. Houses and yards are decorated with colors, toys, and more. “The Heidelberg Project (“HP”) is an outdoor art environment in the heart of an urban area and a Detroit based community organization with a mission to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art (The Heidelberg Project, “Mission and Vision” https://www.heidelberg.org/mission-vision/)."

DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY
Visit the Detroit Public Library in Midtown, situated near Wayne State University and the DIA. The library was designed by Cass Gilbert and features a Pewabic fireplace and other interior gems.  The library is open 10am-6pm on Saturdays.

  • 3:00 pm - Free guided tour of Detroit Institute of Arts

  • FREE TIME

  • 7:30pm - Bowling at Garden Bowl

    • Bowling lanes for an hour - included in registration

    • Order your own pizza/rent your own shoes

  • Attendees will be given a list of bars nearby

Sunday, October 22, 2017

  • 10 am -Ford Piquette Plant tour- 461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202

  • 11:30 am - Lunch with the National Trust -Live6 offices located at 16647 Livernois Ave, Detroit MI


Lodging

We have made several arrangements for low cost, non-traditional lodging options. If you're interested please email melindaroseschmidt@gmail.com.

Traditional lodging in Detroit:

Click here for a list of hotels

Click here for Airbnb listings.



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