Tyree Guyton’s Animal House on the east side of Detroit, before it was burned down in March 2014.
Tom Walsh’s column in the March 10, 2014 Detroit Free Press about travel speaker Doug Lansky’s same-day keynote address at the Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference underscored that one of the world’s emerging trendy travel destinations—post-industrial Birmingham, England?!?—could be Detroit’s future as well…perhaps Detroit’s present!
Lansky’s prime point? That tourists are looking for authenticity first and foremost, and that Detroit has plenty of it, for sure. What with the Motor City’s newly energized notoriety, if you will, with all the international publicity about her bankruptcy, the travails of the Detroit Institute of Arts, that suave and handsome Peruvian guy who just bought the old Packard plant and more, we’re in the news.
And, as any Detroiter will tell you, there is much to do and see in the city and its environs, but you have to know exactly which authentic but obscure rib joints, dance clubs and other attractions are which in order to visit and enjoy them.
Imagine a tour bus, like the red double deckers in London, England or the ones cruising the “homes of the stars” in Beverly Hills, instead rolling up Woodward Avenue, snaking through the bowels of the Rouge complex, comparing and contrasting the lake shore drive in Grosse Pointe to the Boston-Edison neighborhood—and then stopping for some soul food before winding back via Eight Mile? And let’s not forget (what’s left of) Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project, which has already been drawing visitors from around the world.
Why not? There must be 100s of thousands of folks around the world who would love to see it all for themselves, but have no tidily packaged experience to slap their credit cards up against.
Meanwhile, I’ve got to go on line to explore how Birmingham, England is marketing. Check out Doug Lansky’s website here: http://DougLansky.Com