Community | Events | Outdoors

14 reasons I live in Detroit (part 3 of 5)

6. Walkability (and Bikeability)
Yes, it’s possible to walk in the Motor City. I moved downtown 11 years ago and haven’t driven to work since. I can walk to reasons 1 – 5: Bars & Restaurants, Sporting events, Campus Martius, the Riverwalk and the Theater District. Plus if you haven’t noticed bicycling in Detroit is kind of a big deal, too. The Slow Roll ride is drawing literally thousands of people from near and far every Monday. Two companies are manufacturing bikes in Detroit now, Detroit Bikes and Shinola and more and more people are biking to work.

7. Museums and Galleries
We have large-scale, world-class museums like the Charles H. Wright. Detroit Institute of Arts and Michigan Science Center and smaller, uniquely Detroit museums like Detroit Historical Museum, Museum of Conteporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Piquette Plant and of course the Motown Museum. If you haven’t been you must put them on your list of things to do. To make it easier, starting this October you can purchase the Detroit Experience Pass which will give you access to all of the museums for one discounted price. More information available at In addition to these institutions we have many smaller galleries in the city like Re:View Gallery, 5E Gallery and Dable’s African Bead Museum to name just a few.

8. Festivals & Events
There are so many great festivals and events of all sizes and themes that it is literally exhausting (but in a fun way) trying to go to them all. Some of my favorites include Jazz Festival, Riverdays, Dally in the Alley, Concert of Colors, Thanksgiving Day Parade, International Fireworks, Motor City Pride…the list goes on and on. Some have been going on for decades while others are creating new traditions but all of them bring Detroiters together for a celebration.

To be continued next week…

Jeanette Pierce
Jeanette Pierce is Executive Director at Detroit Experience Factory, an organization that helps locals and newcomers get connected to the city. A life-long Detroiter who grew up in the Morningside neighborhood, Jeanette founded Inside Detroit, a nonprofit that used tours and experiences to educate locals and visitors about Detroit’s history, culture and community. It later merged with D:hive to expand offerings and other resources related to real estate, jobs, important city data, retail options, small business and more. Jeanette was honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top Twenty in their 20’s in 2007, was awarded the Shining Light Future Leader Award from the Detroit Free Press in 2010, and the Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award in 2011. Follow her @JeanettePierce.