Everyday people meet at Campus Martius to relax and enjoy the sounds and spirit of the city. In the winter it’s an ice rink and in the summer it’s a concert venue and beach bar. Yes – a beach.
Campus Martius is the core of Dan Gilbert’s Detroit empire.* After the Great Fire of 1805 leveled the city, this location was used to lay out the streets and squares of Detroit. For all intents and purpose the region’s largest thoroughfares originate from Campus Martius: Woodward, Michigan, Grand River, Gratiot and Jefferson Avenues. Gilbert has plans for all of them and is impressing many with his no-nonsense strategy to revitalize Detroit. Where some people are all talk, he is all action. Hardly a month goes by without an announcement from the Gilbert camp located in the Compuware building pictured above.
Quicken Loans (Gilbert’s largest company) has been in Detroit as long as I have and the changes I’ve witnessed are unbelievable. For example, at the beginning of the year One Kennedy Square had an empty ground floor but now it has a Starbucks, Potbelly and a Central Michigan University extension.
*Dan Gilbert does not own Campus Martius, it is managed by a conservancy; however, he has been integral in the surrounding development (and the beach).
8 thoughts on “Campus Martius”
it looks really nice! i always picture detroit as not a very nice city, but these pictures look great! bright and happy. thanks for sharing. i hope to visit some day!
Thanks! Detroit isn't perfect but it's so much better than people think. Hopefully this blog can show the other side.
Wow, this place looks so good and modern, i really like it! And i hope that Detroit will keep on Improving and developing in this way!
Thank you so much for your interesting blog and for your desire to make your city better:)
Hi Carrie: I’m a graphic designer working with the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. We’re putting together a poster to advertise a talk on “The Economics of Place” (http://fordschool.umich.edu/events/2016/economics-place) and the team really loves the photo of Campus Martius with the orange umbrellas. May we use this photo on the poster? Please let me know. Thanks much!
Go for it 🙂