Founded in 1701 as “the City at the Straits”, Detroit is one of the oldest cities in the Midwest. Once compared to Paris because of its scenic parks and beautiful architecture, the city is now ubiquitous with the American auto industry and Motown music. In recent years, Detroit has seen an economic and cultural resurgence, driven mainly by new technology companies and a growing arts scene.
Detroit’s city limits cover a large area, so it is difficult to get around without a car. However, the Detroit Department of Transportation offers dozens of bus routes within the city. Also, despite being known as “Motor City”, biking has become an increasingly popular way to get around town. Cycling rentals, co-ops and shops are flourishing in the downtown area, making biking a bigger and more important part of the city’s streets. Similarly, walking has grown in popularity in the downtown neighborhoods as an alternative to driving and dealing with limited street parking and traffic.