Focus : Welcome to the New Detroit
Downtown Detroit has always had plenty of assets – among which the famous “Greektown”, a historic commercial and entertainment district, and it has been one of the first areas to be rehabilitated in Detroit, mostly thanks to billionaire Dan Gilbert, who has bought up most of the area’s office space and led big development projects. Since 2006, more than $9 billion has been invested in Downtown. The Campus Martius Park was one of Downtown’s first and most successful redevelopment projects. The reconfigured park opened in 2004 and has become Detroit’s gathering place thanks to its beautiful gardens and historical amenities. downtown (du) centre-ville; ici, nom du quartier / asset atout / among parmi / entertainment divertissement, loisirs / to rehabilitate ici, reconstruire / thanks to grâce à / billionaire milliardaire / to buy, bought, bought up racheter / to lead, led, led mener, diriger / development construction, aménagement / to reconfigure réaménager / gathering place lieu de rassemblement / amenities aménagements.
Like Downtown, Midtown Detroit has a lot to offer. Not only is it the city’s historic cultural centre, including Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, many museums and cultural institutions, it also offers sports and entertainment venues, restaurants and retail stores. And, along with Downtown, it is home to the Detroit Theatre District, the second largest theatre district in the United States. The Little Caesars Arena played a major role in revitalising the area. This multi-purpose arena, which opened in September 2017, serves as the home of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons. college université, faculté / venue lieu (public), salle / retail store magasin (de vente au détail) / along with ici, tout comme / to be home to abriter; ici, comprendre (fig.) / arena ici, stade / multipurpose multiusage, polyvalent / to host accueillir, organiser.
THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT
The Heidelberg Project is an art project created in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton. In an attempt to reimagine his neighbourhood, he started painting the houses of the area and attaching salvaged items to them. Soon, the project brought community members together and The Heidelberg Project became the city’s first outdoor museum. The project has evolved: “Heidelberg 3.0” now features an education space and youth program. attempt tentative, entreprise / to reimagine réinventer, repenser / neighbourhood quartier / to salvage récupérer / item objet / to bring, brought, brought together rassembler, fédérer / outdoor extérieur / to feature ici, inclure / youth (pour) les jeunes, jeunesse.
The Heidelberg Project.
Campus Martius Park.
Breayre Tender during a performance of "Detroit at the Osborn Neighborhood '67" Alliance.
Little Caesars Arena.