Station to Station
Written by Conor Edwards — Illustrations by Shelby Rodeffer
Well, it’s a start. Light rail is returning to Detroit. The 3.3-mile Qline will connect the W. Grand Boulevard to the Detroit River. Here’s an overview of a few stops.
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.
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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 M-1 Canfield stop. 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 just a few feet from 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 Theatres, and countless bars and restaurants. Head a bit farther north and you’ll be cruising through the long, vacant stretch of the Corridor in which Little Caesar's Arena is being constructed.