Cultural opportunities abound

April 15, 2010 | Detroit

Although Detroit was settled by the French in 1701, the city has been populated by some of the most unique ethnicities in the world. The French, Italians, Poles and Greeks dominated the city for many years, gifting it with fine cuisine and a sense of entrepreneurship almost from the beginning.

In more recent years, middle-eastern populations have created distinct districts in the city, including Eastern Market, a true urban adventure in the city offering fresh fruits and vegetables from independent vendors. Stick around late and you can get some great deals from local farmers looking to sell their stock rather than haul it back home. More than 250 vendors participate, drawing more than 40,000 shoppers on Saturdays.

On a sidenote, the Lofts offer a weekly shuttle to Eastern Market, as well as many locations around Detroit, including Wayne State University, [OTHER LOCATIONS] to help our residents enjoy the big city with ease.

Or if you’d rather have someone cook for you (a common theme among our office and subsequently our blog) head to Mexican Town, right off I-75 near the Ambassador Bridge to Canada. With authentic Mexican food and a small-villa atmosphere, you’ll love this gem in the city on first-visit.

And speaking of the Ambassador Bridge, did you know that Detroit is the only major U.S. city to actually look south on Windsor. To Canadians, us Detroiters are THEIR neighbors to the north.

Never knew Detroit was such an international city, huh? We’ll be back with a more in-depth focus on cultural opportunities, events and festivals, so stay tuned.

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