Station to Station
Written by Conor Edwards — Illustrations by Shelby Rodeffer
Well, it’s a start. Light rail has returned to Detroit. The 3.3-mile QLINE will connect the Boulevard to the Detroit River. Here’s an overview of a few stations.
The New Center neighborhood features some of the Detroit’s most captivating architecture. Hop off on the Boulevard and you’ll be standing within a block of two of the city’s most impressive high-rises: the Albert Kahn-designed Cadillac Place and the historic Fisher Building. Then, if you’re still in the mood to appreciate yet another impressively large-scale endeavor, head to North End to experience the 9-story Illuminated Mural, an impressive work of art by Exactly Hi-Tops.
Martin Luther King / Mack
Adelaide / Sproat
If you’re looking for an eclectic blend of arts, food, and entertainment that’s situated a good distance from the downtown stadiums, casinos, and nightclubs, you can easily spend an entire day exploring the area directly surrounding the Canfield Street station. Located squarely in the center of the train's loop, the Canfield stop boasts a rich variety of boutique retail, hip restaurants, and popular dives. Situated around the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit Artists’ Market, and N’namdi Gallery, there’s no shortage of amazing art as well.
On any given night, the area surrounding the Foxtown stop is overtaken with a massive influx of suburban sports fans and concertgoers. The apex of Detroit’s entertainment district, this stop is home to Comerica Park, Ford Field, the historic Fillmore and Fox theaters, and countless bars and restaurants. Head a bit farther south and you’ll be cruising into the heart of Detroit’s downtown retail scene.