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Visitor's Guide to Red Wings hockey at Little Caesers Arena

It’s the inaugural season of the new Little Caesers Arena (LCA). Many pilgrims are making the trek to the new arena to watch the Detroit Red Wings play. This is my first version of this guide for first time visitors modeled after the one I put together for The Joe. I hope you find it helpful. Suggestions welcome!
Edit 1: typos and ride share info
Edit 2: photo spot location and photo
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Parking still free at Greektown?

I used to park there years ago when I didn't live in the city. Trying to organize a group event. Is Greektown (CASINO) still the free parking mecca it used to be?
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Updated List of things to Do - 2018 Edition

Happy New Year /Detroit! Every day people come to ask "What should I do in the city??" and this updated thread is our chance to tell them. It's been 3+ years since its been updated so a lot has changed. Keeping a similar format to the 2014 and 2011 editions comment below with any suggestion(s) and a short reason why you recommend it.
Everyone's collective picks will be added into the list below and then added to the sidebar. Closed businesses have already been removed, new Museums section now broken out, if you have any adds/deletes/edits to existing list, just shout it out, I'll leave this post as a sticky and open over the next week so all have a chance to contribute. See below:

Entertainment & Attractions

Public Spaces/Parks:
Entertainment Venues:
Seasonal:
Other:

Museums & Exhibits

  • Detroit Institute of Arts Free for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb county residents.
  • Motown Museum the birthplace of Motown music, located in New Center
  • Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village Good for vistors if they have a few hours and transportation.
  • MOCAD Contemporary Art Museum in an amazing raw space, always changing exhibitions and a nice little shop inside. Located on Woodward in Midtown.
  • Michigan Science Center hands-on exhibits, IMAX Dome, Planetarium, mad scientists with liquid nitrogen and lightning. good for kids, located in Midtown.
  • Outdoor Adventure Center located in the newly restored Globe Trading Building.
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
  • Tuskegee Airmen Museum
  • African Bead Museum
  • Dossin Great Lakes Museum located on Belle Isle
  • Ford Piquette Plant historic auto production facility and birthplace of the Model T.

Retail & Shopping

  • John K. King Books Downtown; Largest used bookstore in the state, located in an old glove warehouse
  • Pewabic Pottery near Islandview; Detroit original, lots of original ceramic art work to view and purchase
  • Third Man Records Retail store and Vinyl Manufacturing plant, owned/operated by Jack White
  • City Bird Midtown; Handmade goods from local and regional designers
  • People's Records Gratiot in Eastern Market; Internationally renowned treasure trove of rare vinyl, with a focus on Detroit produced stuff
  • Hello Records Corktown; Newer record shop with a great collection of new and old vinyl
  • Pure Detroit Downtown and New Center; Detroit themed t-shirts, magnets, etc.
  • Shinola Flagship Store watches, bikes and leather goods.
  • The Hub A Bicycle shop with a charitable bent and affordable bikes.
  • Avenue of Fashion Located at Livernois and Outer Drive; shopping district off the beaten path
  • Run Detroit Running gear store in Midtown, hosts a welcoming run club every Saturday morning at 8am
  • Paramita Sound Record store in West Village

Places to eat:

  • Coney Islands Lafayette or American, take your pick. Duly's Place in Mexicantown as another OG contender.
  • Supino Pizzeria Eastern Market; Best NY style pizza in the city, delicious fresh ingredients
  • Cass Cafe Restaurant and art gallery in Cass Corridor.
  • Green Dot Stables Grab your saddle, best sliders in the city.
  • Johnny Noodle King one of Detroit's ramen noodle houses
  • The Bronx Midtown. Classic dive bar with an equally classic jukebox and a burger that's out of this world.
  • Sweetwater Tavern Downtown, /Detroit's pick for 'Best Wings in the City'
  • Buddy's Pizza Original Detroit style pizza, well regarded by foodies and chefs.
  • Rock City Eatery on Woodward in Midtown. Cheap drinks and great food.
  • Dutch Girl Donuts Palmer Park. Best donuts in the city, been doing it the same way forever.
  • Mudgies Deli Corktown fresh sandwich shop with patio, recently expanded.
  • Cadieux Cafe Jazz music throughout the week and authentic Featherbowling.
  • Slow's BBQ Corktown. BBQ that put Corktown as a food destination on the map. Check out Slows-To-Go in Midtown if you're looking to skip the wait.
  • The Food Exchange famous for the Big Baby burger
  • Vincente's Great Cuban food. Salsa dancing. 20+ types of tequila
  • Ottava Via Italian joint in Corktown. Great food, laid back atmosphere.
  • Mercury Bar Good food and beer selection and the atmosphere is really cool.
  • Townhouse located Downtown
  • Bucharest Grill Amazing Shawarma and good prices, 3 locations around the city.
  • Scotty Simpson's Northwest side for fish and chips
  • Polish Village Cafe Eat your Polish Grandmother's cooking. A Hamtramck staple.
  • The Whitney Restaurant in a gorgeous historic mansion. Ambience is spectacular, food has gone through down periods. Good spot for an important date night. Don't be surprised to see a marriage proposal.
  • Giovanni's Arguably the best Italian food in the city. Neighborhood is what happens when you zone Heavy Industrial in Sim City, but the food, service and ambience are world-class.
  • London Chop House A famous Detroit restaurant name brought back to life, it's a classic dark-wood, old-school steakhouse. Frank Sinatra and Henry Ford II had tables there. Just opened a cigar bar in the same building for after-dinner lounging.
  • Roast "Iron Chef" Michael Symon's restaurant in the Westin Book Cadillac hotel. Things happen to meat here that you never thought possible.
  • Joe Muer's Seafood Like the London Chop House, a classic name from Detroit restaurant history brought back to life. Located in the ground floor of the GM Renaissance Center, lunch is comprised almost entirely of GM suppliers taking their customers out to lunch, but dinner is another matter.
  • Golden Fleece Greektown. "Best Gyro in town" and other greek specialties.
  • Mexicantown Most authentic Mexican food in the city, can't go wrong: Los Altos, Taqueria Lupitas, Taqueria Nuestra Familia, Taqueria El Rey, or Taqueria Mi Pueblo.
  • ** Takoi** Northern Thai inspired restaurant. James Beard finalist
  • Selden Standard Fine dining, local, small plates. Also great brunch.
  • Wright & Co Fine dining, local, small plates.
  • Republic Fine dining, local, small plates.
  • ima Corktown, Udon noodles.
  • Flower's of Vietnam Vietnamese restaurant run by a Lebanese chef in an old Mexicantown coney. Only in Detroit.
  • Polonia Restaurant Home style Polish and Eastern European food, located right next to Polish Village cafe in Hamtramck.
  • Apparatus Room Fine restaurant & bar in the Detroit Foundation Hotel near Cobo Center.
  • People's Bakery One of Southwest's finest local shops.

Brunch Spots

  • Cliff Bells Foxtown. Bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's and great selection of French and Soul Food inspired dishes
  • Hudson Cafe Downtown. Red velvet pancakes, graham cracker-crusted French toast, and Voodoo Eggs Benedict
  • Seva Midtown. great Brunch for Vegan's and Vegetarian's- Small but good beewine selection
  • Brooklyn Street Local Corktown. banana pancakes with caramelized walnuts, an inevitably delicious quiche-of-the-day, and of course, the Hangover Special, and some damn good Poutine!
  • La Dolce Vita North Detroit. smooth jazz, salmon hash, and the shrimp Benedict make for a fabulous brunch experience
  • The Dime Store Downtown. a great selection of Omelets, Benedicts, Sandwiches, and Hash (from Executive Chef Josh, who has spent 2 decades in award winning restaraunts in Chicago, NYC, and A2) and of course, BOOZE! (Their Duck Rueben is out of this world)
  • Foran's Grand Trunk Pub Downtown. Great meal options throughout the day but their brunch is great (May I recommend their Corktown sandwich or the Lobster Benedict) with a great local beer selection to boot
  • Rose's Fine Foods Rivertown. Homesick for mom's cooking? This place has incredible baked goods and delicious sandwiches that make you feel right at home
  • The Clique Breakfast spot on Jefferson in Rivertown area
  • Honest Johns Midtown. Good all around menu, drink list and Chicken & Waffles.
  • Detroit Institute of Bagels Traditional bagels plus soups & sandwiches in an airy, industrial space with counter seating.

Places to drink:

Breweries:
  • Batch Brewing Co. Corktown small batch brewery with 15+ beers on tap and Louisiana-style food.
  • Detroit Beer Co. Great beer as well as great food. The Hair of the Dog burger is fantastic.
  • Atwater Detroit brewery near the Riverfront
  • Brew Detroit Contract brewing facility with a great open space and their own brews. Across the park from Batch. The Loaded Die hosts Tuesday boardgame nights here.
  • Eastern Market Brewing Company The large pink elephant mural is hard to miss.
  • Founders taproom Needs no introduction
  • Motor City Brewing Works Midtown; Microbrewery with delicious beer and uniquely-topped pizzas, rooftop seating in the Summer
  • Jolly Pumpkin Brewery Tap room specializing in Sour Beer and Ciders
Bars:
  • Motor City Wine located in Corktown.
  • SugarHouse Carefully crafted cocktails in a hunting lodge sharing a wall with Slow's. Hells yea.
  • Woodbridge Pub
  • Cafe D'Mongo's a unique and eclectic "speakeasy." reasonably priced and strong cocktails, live music every night (Fri & Sat only)
  • Cliff Bells a solid jazz club right downtown (could be under entertainment as well)
  • Dakota Inn Rathskeller a German underground beer hall that transports you straight to Europe, featuring German food, music, and beer. Especially popular during Oktoberfest (mid-September to end of October).
  • Jacoby's Biergarten good selection of draft beer, solid German food, and a huge international beer selection
  • Jolly Ol' Timers North Cass Corridor. If they're open, you won't find a bar full of more interesting people.
  • Old Miami Midtown. A Veterans bar, During the summer, the back yard is the best place to drink in the city.
  • Foran's Grand Trunk Pub Downtown; great selection of local Michigan beers, with decent food to accompany it
  • Northern Lights Lounge New Center bar with a great patio and decent food.
  • Two Way Inn One of the oldest bars in the city
  • The Skip Popular alley bar in The Belt
  • Ready Player One Barcarde
  • Checker BaOffworld Arcade Burger bar & Barcade near Campus Martius
Coffeeshops:
  • Astro Coffee a popular cafe in Corktown
  • Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. Chill coffee bar with beer, wine and some food.
  • Socre Tea A tea shop/cafe in midtown. Tucked away on Garfield and John R. Super quiet and relaxing.
  • Ashe Supply Co. Small-batch java drinks plus pastries, sandwiches and other goods just off Grand Circus Park in Downtown
  • Dessert Oasis Espresso, house-roasted coffee & pastries served in a brick-walled space with artwork & live music. Good window views located Downtown in Capital Park.

Landmarks

  • The Grand Lobbies of Detroit See here: http://imgur.com/a/tqC8i
  • Guardian Building another beautiful example of Art Deco architecture
  • Fisher Building "the worlds largest art project" and a prime example of Detroit's rich Art Deco history
  • The Fist of Joe Louis Woodward/Jefferson Ave
  • Ford Piquette Plant historic auto production facility and birthplace of the Model T.
  • The Spirit of Detroit Woodward/Jefferson Ave.
  • Hart Plaza Found along the Riverwalk; a public space that's home to Movement, Detroit Jazz Fest and other festivals throughout the year.
  • Senator Palmer’s Font Hill Log House and fountain in Palmer Park (when open).
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Cheap parking options for the NAIAS (detroit auto show)?

I'm thinking of going on a weekday this year, and wondered if anyone can share cheap parking locations? Or if you've already gone, please share various parking rates charged during this event?
The Cobo Roof Deck used to be $10, but when I went to the NAIAS last year I believe it was either $15 or $20. Before then, I used to park at the Greektown Casino and had parking validated (I hear they may not do that anymore?). And apparently the Opera House used to charge $8...
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Visitor's Guide to Red Wings hockey at Joe Louis Arena

It’s the last season for Joe Louis Arena. Many pilgrims are making the trek to the Hockeytown holy ground to watch the Detroit Red Wings play. I’ve posted this guide over the years for first time visitors to the Joe. I hope you find it helpful. Suggestions welcome!
Edit 1: added a section about safety.
Edit 2: added sections on tours and inclement weather.
Edit 3: updates and clarifications.
Edit 4: updated Windsor Tunnel bus link
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Parking for the Fox theater tomorrow night?

Knowing there's a Tiger's game around the same time as Alton Brown's live show at the Fox i'm not sure where the best place to park is so i'm not royally screwed. Does anybody have experience with this situation?
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Things to do in Detroit - Once and for all, again.

Alright its been 3+ years since we created Detroit's official sidebar "list of things to do" and a lot has changed. People keep asking so let's give it another go. I'll leave this post as a sticky for the next week so everyone's brains can stew over the best of the best in the city.
Keeping the same format as last time, comment with your suggestion(s) and a short reason why you would recommend it. Everyone's collective picks will be added into the list below.
Places to eat:
Brunch Spots
Places to drink:
  • Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. Chill coffee bar with beer, wine and some food.
  • Socre Tea A tea shop/cafe in midtown. Tucked away on Garfield and John R. Super quiet and relaxing.
  • Park Bar Downtown; Great beer selection, beautiful windows, delicious shwarma and curly fries from the Bucharest Grill next door
  • Motor City Wine located in Corktown.
  • PJ's Lager House live music, local beer on tap
  • Woodbridge Pub
  • Detroit Beer Co. Great beer as well as great food. The Hair of the Dog burger is fantastic.
  • SugarHouse Carefully crafted cocktails in a hunting lodge sharing a wall with Slow's. Hells yea.
  • Cafe D'Mongo's a unique and eclectic "speakeasy." reasonably priced and strong cocktails, live music every night (Fri & Sat only)
  • Cliff Bells a solid jazz club right downtown (could be under entertainment as well)
  • Dakota Inn Rathskeller a German underground beer hall that transports you straight to Europe, featuring German food, music, and beer. Especially popular during Oktoberfest (mid-September to end of October).
  • Jacoby's Biergarten good selection of draft beer, solid German food, and a huge international beer selection
  • Astro Coffee a popular cafe in Corktown
  • Foran's Grand Trunk Pub great selection of local Michigan beers, with decent food to accompany it
  • Old Miami Inexpensive drinks in your uncle's basement. On Cass in southern midtown.
  • Zenith Cuban/mexican fusion in new center, in the Fisher Building. Also they have a tiki bar.
  • Jolly Ol' Timers North Cass Corridor. If they're open, you won't find a bar full of more interesting people.
  • Old Miami Midtown. A Veterans bar, During the summer, the back yard is the best place to drink in the city.
Retail & Shopping:
  • City Bird Midtown; Handmade goods from local and regional designers
  • John K. King Books Downtown; Largest used bookstore in the state, located in an old glove warehouse
  • People's Records Midtown; Internationally renowned treasure trove of rare vinyl, with a focus on Detroit produced stuff
  • Hello Records Corktown; Newer record shop with a great collection of new and old vinyl
  • Pure Detroit Downtown and New Center; Detroit themed t-shirts, magnets, etc.
  • Shinola Flagship Store watches, bikes and leather goods.
  • Pewabic Pottery lots of original ceramic art work to view and purchase
  • The Hub A Bicycle shop with a charitable bent and affordable bikes.
  • Livernois and Outer Drive shopping district off the beaten path
Entertainment & Attractions
  • Belle Isle
  • Detroit Institute of Arts Free for Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb county residents. Concerts every Friday night in the Rivera Court (probably one of the most fantastic and important pieces of public art in the world). Just for the atmosphere alone it's worth going, and the music is generally great as well.
  • Detroit Film Theatre 1,200 seat auditorium located at the DIA, catch a screening.
  • Riverwalk a walkable view of Canada and Detroit River
  • Casinos we have three! Greektown, MGM Grand and Motor City.
  • Motown Museum New Center; Studio tours of the houses, really cool stuff.
  • MOCAD Midtown; Contemporary art museum in an amazing raw space, always changing exhibitions and a nice little shop inside.
  • Detroit City Football Club amazing soccer team, nationally recognized.
  • Detroit Derby Girls at the Masonic Temple
  • Garden Bowl/Magic Stick bowling alley, bar and concert venue under one roof.
  • Stadiums Ford Field, Comerica Park, Joe Louis Arena
  • Theaters Detroit is home to the second largest theater district in the Fillmore, Fox Theater, Masonic Temple, Fisher Theater, Gem, Music Hall, St. Andrews, Detroit Opera House, City Theater, Majestic, Max M. Fisher Music Center
  • Detroit People Mover it's not the most useful system for transit, but is actually a good way to see downtown in a quick 20-30 minutes
  • Eastern Market one of the largest and oldest open-air farmers markets in the country
  • Baker's Keyboard Lounge top-notch jazz club
  • Movement Festival worldwide-recognized annual Electronic music festival held every Memorial Day Weekend
  • Detroit Jazz Festival largest free jazz festival in the world (self-proclaimed, at least) held every Labor Day Weekend
  • Detroit Beer Festival one of four Michigan Brewers Guild annual festivals held the last weekend of October
  • Campus Martius highly regarded as one of the best city parks in the country and home to many events throughout the year. Home to Detroit's Christmas tree and an ice-skating rink in the winter.
  • Michigan Science Center hands-on exhibits, IMAX Dome, Planetarium, mad scientists with liquid nitrogen and lightning. good for kids, located in Midtown.
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
  • Tuskegee Airmen Museum
  • Rouge Park for great outdoor times
  • Chandler Park
  • Historic Fort Wayne when open
  • African Bead Museum
  • Outdoor Adventure Center located in the newly restored Globe Trading Building,
  • Dakota Inn Rathskeller Oktoberfest Six Mile and Woodward-ish. One of the coolest activities in all of Detroit, somehow unknown even among hardcore Detroiters.
Landmarks
  • The Grand Lobbies of Detroit See here: http://imgur.com/a/tqC8i
  • The Fist of Joe Louis Woodward/Jefferson Ave
  • Fisher Building "the worlds largest art project" and a prime example of Detroit's rich Art Deco history
  • Guardian Building another beautiful example of Art Deco architecture
  • Ford Piquette Plant historic auto production facility and birthplace of the Model T.
  • The Spirit of Detroit Woodward/Jefferson Ave.
  • Hart Plaza
  • Senator Palmer’s Font Hill Log House and fountain in Palmer Park (when open).
  • Son House in Mt. Hazel Cemetary for the music historian.
  • Tigers Stadium field located at Trumbull & Michigan Ave. walk the grounds at the former playing field for Detroit Tigers.
Edit #1: Added most of the suggestions from the comments already- but still a lot to get through! If you have descriptions, or tips for any of the places listed or would like to add more, just leave it below
Edit #2: I've been slacking on the updates- but officially replaced the list in the sidebar! Will work on adding everyones in coming days. stay tuned.
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ATTENTION: ALL MERFOLK PLAYERS ATTENDING GP DETROIT - FISH GATHERING IDEA

I want to hold a Fish meet & greet for forum posters to meet. I had a chance to meet Mrs. Mulligan and her husband in Cincinnati and floated this idea to them. Would a Friday night or Saturday night make more sense? We have the Greektown Casino readily accessible from the venue (18+). Looking for ideas and opinions. This may be the first of it's kind. Given the popularity of Modern, this may be the largest Modern GP ever.
https://www.facebook.com/events/185669971764996 http://www.professional-events.com/?q=2016/GPDetroit https://www.greektowncasino.com/
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Things to do in the Motor City

THINGS TO DO IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN Established in 1801 Detroit was home to many Indian tribes that you can see with some of the neighboring cities names and the best things I can say about a visit to the Motor City are it’s historical values. There are many places to visit and each one of them has lots of history behind it. If you travel up interstate 75 north for several hours you will come across many Indian reservations that they were awarded by the government for the effect they had on building this nation. Sports Teams You can begin with Joe Lewis Arena the home of the Detroit Red Wings since 1979 they recently opened Little Caesars Arena in September 2017, which is the home of the Detroit Pistons and the Red Wings. As you walk south down the famed Woodward Ave you will see the Home of the Detroit Tigers Comerica Park and just around the corner is Ford Field the Home of the Detroit Lions. In early 2018, all four major sports teams reunited back in Detroit for the first time in nearly 25 years, which has brought millions in revenue back to the Motor City. Theaters Further across the street you will see The World Famous Fox Theater, which has been a stage for many of the past and present superstar performers. It is the host to lots of thing such as, comedy shows, concerts, and kid events. Just about every entertainer from every generation has performed in this theater. Gambling Detroit is also the largest inner city that has legalized gambling. They have three hotel casinos, The Motor City, Greektown, and the MGM Grand casino. You can relax at either one of these resorts and have a great meal, place a bet, get a massage, listen to live music, or just mingle among the fabulous crowds that gather at any of these venues on a daily basis. Museums You can view first hand the lab where Tomas Edison had his first light bulb moment or even the workshop where the Wright Brothers reached the sky. These are some of the features of Greenfield Village. The facilities are over 80 acres wide with shops, dining, and events. Henry Ford Museum is another one of the attractions of The Metro Detroit area it has artifacts, exhibits, and some of the greatest innovations in American History. They have daily tours that include a guide through the Rouge Ford Factory. You get to see first hand Ford Trucks being made from the ground up until they roll off the assembly line and stored to be transported to dealers around the world. You can even view the first Model T or jump on a steam-powered locomotive to visit animals around the compounds. There's the Detroit Institute of Arts you can visit to see Priceless works of art. The Michigan Science center, the Charles H Wright Museum are two other museums in metro Detroit that house many works of art. Last but not least you have to visit the Motown Museum where all of the Motown artists started their entertainment lives. Berry Gordy is one of the most famous names in the world of music and he started his label right there on West Grand Blvd. in the heart of Detroit. Some of the artists that started there were Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Jackson Five, and The Four Tops. There are daily tours that take you into this historic building to see where these sounds all began. Restaurants The first class dining in Detroit is one of my favorite parts of the city. You can start off by strolling to Mexican town just down interstate 75 South to Clark Street. Or you can head to the downtown area to Greektown and enjoy some of the best Greek cuisine in the world. Once again there’s the three casinos where you can have breath taking meals at also. In my opinion I would say that there are great places you can dine at after nearly every turn of the steering wheel in Detroit. Image Most of all I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. I have resided in the same home since I was four years old and every one of those years have had it’s share of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything in the world. This city has taught me so much about growing into a man and how to turn a negative into a positive. The men and women of Detroit each have a saying that to do anything means that it must be done correctly and this applies to every part of life. Detroit is full of blue-collar workers that go into the factories of Ford Motor, General Motors, and Chrysler on a daily basis and has helped to build this country into what it is today. Each one of these motor companies have a slogan that has Detroit in it's saying. Starting with Chrysler's "Imported from Detroit", General Motors "Detroit's Strong as a Rock", and finally Ford's "Detroit Raises the Bar". A few years ago, when President Obama was in office the three auto companies got into a financial jam and they were bailed out by Obama's Administration to save these American jobs. That turned out to be one of the best things that any modern day President could have done. He was apposed with strong opposition from most Republicans in office, but at the end of the day the loans were paid back and in record time by all three auto companies. Best of all those factory workers jobs were saved by this action and the Motor City was kept alive, well, and still prospering because of this action by a revolutionary President.
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A Guide to Youmacon

Hello! This is a short-ish and unbiased opinionated guide to everything Youmacon.

What:

Youmacon is a free to walk around, but pay to enter any of the rooms event loosely about Japanese culture appreciation.

When:

Youmacon is four days long around the time of Halloween Thur-Sun.

Where:

Detroit, MI Renaissance Center (Ren Cen) and Cobo Center (Cobo).

Who:

Official website Put on by paid staff, interns, and volunteers. Welcome to anyone, even kids.

Why:

• See people dressed up in costumes • Play video games, board games, and trading card games • Watch anime • Dance • Listen to music • Attend panels, talks, and discussions • Buy posters, memorabilia, figurines, stuffed critters, accessories, international snacks, games, digital media, and more
Intrigued? Here's everything I can tell you about my experiences.

Buying tickets:

Buy them online in advance! They typically go on sale around April of the same year and the sooner you buy, the better... 1. Because it's cheaper 2. You can get your ticket sooner 3. You get your ticket way, WAY faster

Which days and times to go:

It's not mandatory to attend all four days; it's a come and go as you please event. Since they only release the official schedule right before the event begins, plan on going on Sat at the very least. Try to squeeze in some time on Fri, maybe Sun. Thur is the least attended day, although everything is completely free.

What to wear:

Anything within reason! • Emulate a character from popular media (e.g., Naruto, Street Fighter, Avatar the Last Airbender, etc.) • Gender-bend your favorite character (e.g., Link, Wonder Woman, Disney, Vegeta, etc.) • Mashup characters and/or ideas (e.g., Ash Ketchum as a zombie, post-apocalyptic Mario, sexy Adventure Time, poor man's Gundam, etc.) • Out of the ordinary outfits (e.g., furry, lolita, rave cat, kimono, steam punk, etc.) • Geek attire (e.g., onesie, shirt, hat, signs, etc.)

What to bring:

Must haves...

Money! - cash only for at-the-door tickets and merchandise/food can be purchased with cash or card • ID - need it for 18+ stuff • Water bottle - you may be in long lines waiting to get into a panel, so have a water container to fill up at drinking fountains • Phone - plan out your day, take photos, communicate where you are with friends, navigate the city, and entertain yourself while waiting in line • Phone charger - preferably a power bank so you can be anywhere and still charge your phone • Bag - something to hold your stuff in and possibly some merchandise as well

Consider bringing...

Pen - you have to fill out a form when you get your ticket at the very least, so it's useful • Chapstick - give your lips some love after being out in the chilly fall air • Anti-gas meds - if you're gassy, don't damper other guests' fun • Snacks - food isn't cheap there • Energy drink - make the most of your time there and be awake for the late night events • Deodorant - freshen up a bit from time to time • Hand sanitizer - some areas have this for free, but they're not everywhere • Headphones - zone out with some music • Portable gaming system - don't forget the charger • Jacket/umbrella/rain coat - check the weather report • Comfortable clothes and shoes - you will be standing and sitting on the floor from time to time while waiting in line

Where to park:

  1. Greektown Casino - the parking garage is huge, so there's most certainly going to be a spot open, it's a stop on the People Mover, it's $10 on weekdays (you get that money back if you gamble with a player's card for 30 min), and it's free on the weekends.
  2. Cobo or Ren Cen lot - it's pricey, but you literally can't get be any closer to the action if you don't want to use the People Mover or walk, even though it's a safe area.

Getting acquainted with the people and culture:

You will NOT recognize or even like many of the outfits, but just appreciate and respect the work and thought put into them (i.e., have fun with it). There will be people there who have... interesting social norms that may differ from yours. Don't touch people without permission, even if you really want to hug your favorite character or inspect someone's intricate outfit. Be patient with other attendees as they may be quite talkative, opinionated, awkward, or not great picking up on social cues. Foster the "all are welcome" environment or at least tactfully remove yourself from uncomfortable situations and people if need be.

What to do first:

Once you have your ticket, take a look at the scheduled events and plan out your time at Youmacon. 1. Find a few panels that you would want to check out, then mark down when and where they are in your organizecalendar of choice 2. Figure out when are good times to eat (preferably outside of the busy times of around noon and 6pm) 3. Familiarize yourself with the map of the two centers and maybe the surrounding city area, especially since the Ren Cen layout is SUPER confusing 4. Go to the vendors room as early as possible to not miss out on limited quantity items 5. Walk around or play games in between panels/events If you just don't know what to do, then locate the gaming areas and take your time getting there to enjoy the costumes.

Going to a panel:

At least 30 min before a panel is going to start... 1. Head to the area where it's taking place (you will get lost at least once in the Ren Cen) 2. Go to the bathroom 3. Fill up your water bottle 4. Locate the end of the line (don't be afraid to ask which line someone is in) and don't be afraid if it's long; there's a 95% chance you'll get in and find a seat just fine 5. Keep yourself busy by talking to people in line with you if they're feeling social or do stuff on your phone (panels may not start on time, so you need to occupy your time) Panels may be quite interactive, so be prepared to sit in a spot that's near the front and by the aisles if you want to participate or away in the middle/back of the room if you just want to listen and observe.

Panel recommendations:

Totally subjective. Look through the booklet and check out anything that you might enjoy, and if you end up not liking it, you can simply leave to do something else. I personally like Raunchy Shakespeare (18+). A lot of people like the Live Action Mario and celebrity Q&A panels.

Where to eat:

The Ren Cen cafeteria on the lower level has the most selection and affordable food. Cobo has a cafeteria and some food outlets scattered about, but they're kind of over-priced. There are restaurants and bars nearby, especially around Greektown, just depends how much you want to spend, what you're craving, and how much of the sights you want to see.

What to buy:

The vendors room has a lot of stuff, but half of it is stuff you can get online for cheaper, although some offer special bulk discounts and you may be able to haggle (politely) with sellers. Look for the hand-made toys, art, trinkets, and figures. They also sell board games and trading cards in the table top areas.

Video game room:

The busiest room in all the con. If you want to play in a tournament, ask a staff person about signing up as early as possible. Many of the games are in Japanese, so just ask someone who seems to know how to use the machine when they're not busy.

Video game recommendations:

  1. Jubeat - fantastic rhythm arcade game pressing buttons to the beat that you MUST try out.
  2. Taiko no Tatsujin (Taiko Master) - another awesome rhythm arcade game using a drum.
  3. Cho Chabudai Gaeshi! (Super Table-Flip!) - a quick and silly game where you charge up your rage and flip a literal table controller destroying as much as possible.
  4. Music GunGun! - a rhythm game where you shoot targets to the beat.
  5. Any of the PC/Console games - take a break to play some familiar games, try out games you've wanted to look into, or have fun playing classics with new people

Table top room:

Test out new games or play one's you know with others. People in here can be real passionate about gaming, so be prepared for enthusiastic responses and advise if you ask questions.

Table top recommendations:

  1. Red Dragon Inn - the perfect party game that's all about fun, drinking, and gambling.
  2. Betrayal at House on the Hill - explore a haunted house and find out who amongst you is the traitor.
  3. Legendary Marvel / DC Comics Deck-Building Game - recruit your favorite super heroes to fight bad guys in card form.
  4. Alhambra - build your city one building at a time.
  5. Games in the raffle - there's an area where you can try out a new game, and then enter into a drawing to win it.
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Parking for Tigers Home Games

Not sure if there has ever been a discussion on people tips and tricks for parking, buy I wanted to share my go to.
So if you park at greektown casino, I think it's $10-20 depending on the event. However, if you get a free members card, you can park in the lot for free. You do however have to use the card every once and a while...buy I heard you can just have someone swipe it to keep it active. This is also a good trick for red wings games because there is a people mover stop at greektown.
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2013 Detroit Marathon

[Note: I was searching this subreddit to see if anyone had raced my upcoming marathon before, and there were no entries. Then I was surprised to find no one had done a write-up on Detroit, which is a pretty big marathon. Accordingly, here's mine; I hope runners considering Detroit will find it useful in the future!]
Getting to the starting line: Parking was pretty decent for such a large event. The maps they had at the expo helpfully pointed out a number of lots, all very close to the start. I was arriving a bit on the late side, but I still made it with plenty of time parking at one of the casinos and jogging over. Large searchlights made it pretty clear, even in the dark of night, where the race began.
The starting corrals were easy to navigate and well-marked. I entered directly at my lettered corral, but I'm pretty sure they were less "corrals" than "pretty please stand around X area."
The course itself
Segment 1: To and on the Ambassador Bridge Miles 1-4
The race starts off with a completely straight mile and a half to the entrance of the Ambassador Bridge. There's a lot of crowd support for the first half of this segment. I expected the on-ramp to the bridge to be steep and the bridge to be fairly flat; the opposite was closer to true. The on-ramps are more gentle than you might expect, and the bridge has a pretty pronounced crown at the midspan.
The bridge is fairly narrow (one lane reserved for emergency vehicles), so there's some bottlenecking. Also, if you are around the 8:00 pace, there's extra bottlenecking caused by people in the handcycle/disability division struggling up the hill. They do a good job marking these people with flags / support bikers, but you should be aware of them. They're much faster than runners everywhere else, but hills look like they're just murder on one of those things.
Lots of people like to start the marathon a bit slower for the first few miles. The course layout really helps you with that here! I, and many others, picked it up starting with the downhill segment of the bridge.
Some people might wonder about the international aspect of the race--do you really need your passport? I really carried it, but at each international crossing, I didn't see a single person who had their bib visible get stopped. Only the idiots who somehow--despite about 50 border patrol officers screaming at everyone on the course to have their bib visible--managed to cover it up got stopped, and then only to see it.
Segment 2: Canada and the Windsor Tunnel Miles 4-8
There's pretty great crowd support across the Canadian river front. There's also the five mile mark, where you hit your first timing mat of the event (the live tracking worked for my friends for every mileage except 20, where, because this was my first marathon and I had been slightly ahead of pace, they feared the worst!).
These are easy miles--nice and flat, with lots of supporters.
When I reached the tunnel, I worried a little about air quality, but it turned out to be completely fine. It was a little on the warm side, frankly, but the air was great. The elevation change in the tunnel is very subtle (it's lowest in the middle of the river). It's not quite a full mile underwater, but please no one tell the organizers: they're very excited about having an underwater mile.
Segment 3: Downtown, Mexicantown, Corktown, Greektown Miles 9-14
There's fantastic crowd support when you get back from Canada, even if your morale suffers slightly from the sudden loss of access to affordable health insurance. But the crowds fade quickly by mile 9. Miles 9 through 11 are fairly quiet, with a decent number of turns. The scenery through here is sometimes sad, with abandoned buildings dotting these neighborhoods.
Once you hit mile 12, however, you're back on Michigan Ave, and cruising toward downtown with increasing crowd support. The half-marathon runners turn off right before mile 13, but a new batch starts up--there are both "international" and "domestic" half-marathoners, so you always have fresh legs with you (although it looks like next year the domestic half will start much later, so they may not be around yet).
Segment 4: Solitude and Indian Village Miles 14-19
The run down miles 14-16 really could test your mettle. There's no one out there except the cops at the intersections (and sparsely staffed aid stations). It is a long, straight shot down a mediocre street. If you can zone out and just let the miles flow, this is the time to do it.
Miles 16 through 18 take you through "Indian Village," which is a much nicer area. There are pretty large homes on tree-lined streets, with a very pleasant atmosphere. There are a decent number of supporters out there (not crowds, but clumps of people) who are very enthusiastic. Some even offer beer! There's also a Gu station right at the beginning of this neighborhood.
The 19th mile leads you to back to the riverfront, where you get ready for...
Segment 5: Belle Isle to the Finish Miles 20-finish
The run out to Belle Isle is another mental challenge. You've finished 19 miles by the time you reach the bridge, but you can start to see other people already leaving the island. It's a bit of a gut punch, but the bridge and island themselves are beautiful. There aren't any crowds--it's an island, and the only bridge is devoted to the marathon course--but it's a pleasant atmosphere.
One of the aid stations on the island offered vaseline, which I don't think was listed on the website.
By the time you've finished mile 23, you're back across the bridge, on your way to a section of the Riverwalk. The course is a bit tight here, which is probably fine--it's not very crowded at this point. From miles 24 to the finish there's pretty strong crowd support, and the route is generally pretty straight and fast.
The one notable exception is a crime committed by the race organizers, placing the 26th mile marker at the top of a small (but at this point ENORMOUS) hill. A quick left turn and you can see the finish, but that hill is just plain mean.
Overall, I would recommend Detroit to someone running their first marathon, or any other marathon. It's a generally nice course, very well organized, and the international aspect is novel and fun.
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Did you know that Detroit is fine, has no crime, jobs, or neighborhood-blight issues? At least, that's what its meticulously edited wikipedia pages say.

The main Detroit wikipedia page briefly mentions:
Between 2000 and 2010, the city's population declined by 25%.[14] Among major American cities during the decade, only New Orleans experienced a greater decrease by percentage.[14]
But there's no mention of any real issues with the economy. This is the closest the main Detroit page gets to that:
The Detroit automakers and local manufacturing have made significant restructurings in response to market competition.
There's some mention of issues hitting Detroit in the Urban Development in Detroit page. But links to that page have been scrubbed from any other Detroit-related page (seriously, check the edit histories).
Ok, so maybe changes to Detroit belong in the History of Detroit page? Well, that page is pretty clean, as well.
Here's the entire Recent Developments Section of the History of Detroit page. This is the only section (except for a very brief blurb in the "Metropolitan Region" section right above it) that mentions events from 2000-Present:
In the 1990s, the city began to experience a revival, much of it centered in Downtown, Midtown, and New Center. One Detroit Center (1993) arose on the city skyline. In the ensuing years, three casino resort hotels opened in Detroit: MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and Greektown Casino which then debuted as resort hotels in 2007-08. New downtown stadiums Comerica Park and Ford Field were constructed for the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions in 2000 and 2002, respectively; this placed the Lions' stadium in the city proper for the first time since 1974. In 2008, the city witnessed major restorations of the historic Book Cadillac Hotel and the Fort Shelby Hotel.[26] The city has hosted major events - the 2005 MLB All-Star Game, 2006 Super Bowl XL, 2006 World Series, WrestleMania 23 in 2007 and the NCAA Final Four in April 2009 - all of which prompted many improvements to the area.
The city's International Riverfront is a focus of much development which has complemented similar developments in Windsor, Ontario. In 2007, Detroit completed the first major portions of the River Walk, including miles of parks and fountains. New developments and revitalizations are a mainstay in the city's plan to enhance its economy through tourism.[27] Along the river, upscale condominiums are rising, such as Watermark Detroit. Some city limit signs, particularly on the Dearborn border say "Welcome to Detroit, The Renaissance City Founded 1701".[26] [28]
The 2004 opening of the Compuware Center gave downtown Detroit its first significant new office building in a decade. Significant landmarks such as the Fox Theatre, Detroit Opera House, and the Gem Theater have been restored and host concerts, musicals, and plays. Many downtown centers such as Greektown, Cobo Center and Campus Martius Park, as well as the Michigan State Fairgrounds on the northern border, draw patrons and host activities.
See, we're all wrong. Detroit is a thriving, beautiful city with no real issues facing it. If you thought different, you're wrong and if you edit the pages to reflect that, someone will come and revert/change your edits.
TL;DR: It looks like Detroit is paying people to alter its wikipedia pages to put a positive spin on its current and/or recent history.
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