Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighborhood is as you would expect rich with history. It seems that everyone has their own favorite memory of the area. For many, it's looking back fondly at taking the bus down Michigan Ave to Tigers Stadium and catching a game. For others it might be visiting Michigan Central Station while still in operation and standing in it's grand lobby.
Those two memories may not be able to be relived in the present day, but the neighborhood has no shortage of things to do and ways to create new ones. Corktown, named so because the majority of Irish immigrants that inhabited it in the 1800's were from County Cork, features a blend of traditional residential housing as well as restaurants and retailers.
The primary retail corridor is located on Michigan Ave. It's there where you'll find some of Detroit's hottest restaurants: (Slows Bar BQ, Gold Cash Gold, and Mercury Burger Bar to name a few), as well as places to grab the drink of your choice (Astro Coffee for your all your caffeinated needs, and places like Two James Spirits and Sugarhouse for beverages of the adult variant).
The Tigers may not be in the neighborhood any longer but that doesn't mean Corktown isn't the place to be on gameday. Catch the game at Nemo's, or meet beforehand for a quick bite to eat or drink and take the shuttle over to Comerica Park or the Joe.
New developments mean that the old corner on Michigan and Trumbull won't be baseball free much longer. The Detroit Police Athletic League (Detroit PAL), will soon have a new state of the art facility to serve as a safe place for the children of Detroit to learn and play.
Ready to see this neighborhood upclose? DXF will be conducting a free walking tour through Corktown on Sunday, November 27th from 2-4pm. Get a headstart on your holiday shopping as while learn more about Detroit's oldest historic neighborhood.