2014 Mobile Workshops: Sunday, May 18

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South of Detroit:  Windsor's Downtown Revitalized

Sunday, May 18
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Ticket Price: $45.00
Requires: Moderate Walking and Passport
Includes: Snacks

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Welcome to Canada, here south of the USA! Participants will see how Windsor - a city dependent upon the U.S. economy - has faced challenges in its downtown. Once known as the Canadian city hit hardest by the economic downturn, Windsor's stakeholders and community leaders have banded together to breathe new life into the city, and in particular into the downtown. The outing will highlight initiatives taken to promote downtown Windsor's revitalization, repurposing and walkability. Attendees will spend their day in the heart of Windsor, experiencing first-hand the transformation the city is undergoing. This tour features a mixture of modern accents and revitalized heritage properties.  Throughout the day, attendees will learn about programs and initiatives that look to diversify downtown Windsor and help generate economic prosperity.

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Cruising Woodward: Birmingham and Pontiac

Sunday, May 18
8:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Ticket Price: $35.00
Requires: Moderate Walking
Includes: Snacks, Lunch can be bought at Lafayette Cafe

Learn about the history of M-1 Woodward Ave, Michigan’s main street and visit two of Oakland County’s largest downtowns along historic Woodward Ave. Although Birmingham and Pontiac are five miles apart the two communities have two very different stories to tell. Take one Midwest auto industry city, add planning mistakes from 40 years ago and you have a recipe for disaster, or do you? A rail station between Detroit and Pontiac, Birmingham has a vibrant historic commercial district but with the opening of a nearby shopping mall 20 years ago many local businesses closed. See how Birmingham overcame those challenges and thrived.

From Downtown to Around Town: Welcome to Detroit! (2 of 2)

Sunday, May 18
1:00 PM – 3:00PM
Ticket Price: $15.00

The city of Detroit may be vast, but the diverse neighborhoods and districts within its borders create a sense of familiarity and community regardless of your location. Join us as we tour several of these exciting areas, including long-established neighborhoods such as Boston Edison, Lafayette Park and Corktown, and up-and-coming hotspots like Mexicantown and the revitalized Financial District. Learn your way around town and let us set the geographic stage for the National Main Street Conference in Detroit!

From Stadium District to Restaurant Row: Historic Corktown’s Transformation - Sold Out!

Sunday, May 18
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ticket Price: $35.00
Requires: 10 Mile Bike Ride
Includes: Bike Rental and Lunch at Slows Bar BQ

Detroit’s oldest neighborhood has weathered the loss of Tiger Stadium and the pressure of urban renewal to emerge as one of the city’s most stable and vibrant districts. This bike tour will check out the West Riverfront, the Ponyride entrepreneurial incubator as well as urban farms. Lunch at renowned Slows Bar BQ will include speakers discussing the community business association’s efforts, emerging greenways and parks and the transformation of sports-oriented businesses over time.