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Is there a Chinatown in Detroit?

The history of Chinatown in Detroit dates back to the late 1800s, when the first Chinese immigrants arrived in the city. These early immigrants were primarily male laborers who worked on the railroad and in local laundries. Over time, the Chinese community in Detroit grew and began to establish businesses and social organizations.

In the 1920s, the neighborhood known as Chinatown began to take shape in Detroit, Michigan. This area became the center of the Chinese community in Detroit, and was home to a variety of businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, and laundries.

In the following decades, Chinatown continued to thrive and grow. However, like many inner city neighborhoods in Detroit, it was hit hard by the city’s economic decline in the latter half of the 20th century. Despite this, the community remained resilient and continued to preserve its cultural traditions and support its businesses.

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The Heidelberg Project Detroit

The Heidelberg Project Detroit

I had heard about The Heidelberg Project and decided to go explore it myself. It is named after the street it is on, Heidelberg St. in Detroit. It sits in one of the worst parts of the city. The Heidelberg Project is an outdoor art installation located in the heart of the city of Detroit, … Read more
Best Restaurants in Mexicantown Detroit

Best Restaurants in Mexicantown Detroit

A quick lunch trip to some lesser-known restaurants in Mexicantown Detroit that includes a stop at Taqueria Lupita’s and some post-lunch goodies at the glorious La Gloria Bakery. My company recently moved to downtown Detroit, and my coworkers and I have been having a great time sampling nearby lunch spots. Detroit’s Mexicantown, a very short … Read more
Bangkok 96 in Dearborn

Bangkok 96 in Dearborn

Bangkok 96 in Dearborn is a non-nondescript restaurant off of Telegraph. At first glance, it’s not a place that stands out, but then you notice something, the parking lot is always full. And I mean always. Since my usual Thai spot had recently closed, I needed a new place to feed my Pad Thai and … Read more
12 Lesser-Known Michigan Inventions and Celebrities

12 Lesser-Known Michigan Inventions and Celebrities

Michiganders are happy to rattle off a list of our celebrities and inventions to anyone who will listen. Ever heard of the automobile, Motown, Vernors, Iggy Pop, Stroh’s, or Alice Cooper? Need I go on? So much great art and culture come from Michigan. I’m always discovering a new (to me) Michigander or invention. If … Read more
Get a Taste Of Deli at Lou's Deli Detroit

Get a Taste Of Deli at Lou’s Deli Detroit

Lou’s Deli in Detroit is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for an authentic, old-fashioned deli. This family-owned restaurant has been serving mouthwatering sandwiches, soups, and sides for decades. The atmosphere at Lou’s Deli is warm and welcoming, with a vintage feel that transports you back to the golden age of delis. As you step … Read more
Off Road Your Way to Pinnacle Falls

Off Road Your Way to Pinnacle Falls

If you are like me, you have a bucket list of things you want to see in the Upper Peninsula. Maybe that is why you are reading this page. Or maybe you Google searched “How to find Pinnacle Falls; I’m so lost!” I wouldn’t be surprised if that is what happened. This article will guide … Read more
Go Waterfalling in L'Anse

Go Waterfalling in L’Anse

L’Anse is not really a destination for most travelers (I don’t know why it’s a cute little picturesque town!). It is usually simply a town on the way to the Porcupine Mountains or to the Keweenaw. But if you have the time, I really suggest taking some time to explore the outdoors surrounding this lake … Read more
Grab Lunch at The Upper Crust Cafe Bakery and Deli

Grab Lunch at The Upper Crust Cafe Bakery and Deli

Upper Crust Deli is a new deli in town that is quickly becoming a local favorite. This deli sets itself apart from others by offering the finest quality deli meats, cheeses, and sandwiches made with only the freshest ingredients. Located in the Trader’s Point area of Manistique (right on the river), The Upper Crust Café … Read more
10 Detroit Facts You Should Know

10 Detroit Facts You Should Know

Over the recent decades, Detroit has taken on many nicknames, including Motown, The Motor City, Hockeytown, Rock City, or just simply The D. While we are proud of our automotive heritage and music history, there are lesser-known facts about Detroit. Here we will explore ten facts every Detroiter, historian, or pop-culture enthusiast should know. 1. First … Read more
The Rink at Campus Martius Park Overview

The Rink at Campus Martius Park Overview

The Rink at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit is a winter wonderland you don’t want to miss! This large outdoor rink is a popular destination for skaters of all ages. Skate rentals are available, or you can bring your own. The Rink is open daily from November to March and offers a variety of … Read more