Sunday, August 3, 2014

Detroit East Side Bike Tour

Met up with 20 plus Adventure Quest Meetup members Sunday morning 8/3/14.  We took a 20 mile tour starting at Rivard Plaza riding through the follow city areas Dequindre Cut, Rivard Plaza, Belle Isle, Indian Village, Heidelberg Project.

The ride was a easy pace with plenty of time for site seeing and just enjoying the ride.

Formerly a Grand Trunk Railroad line, the Dequindre Cut is a below-street level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the Riverfront. Well-known for its urban artwork and graffiti, the first completed section of the Dequindre Cut is between Woodbridge Street and Gratiot Avenue.

Belle Isle
Detroit's city fathers purchased the 983-acre island in 1879 for $200,000, against the opposition of those who thought the price was too high.  They elected to retain the name Belle Isle (beautiful island) by which the property was popularly known.

In 1883, the designer of New York City's Central park, Frederick Law Olmstead, created the master plan for Belle Isle's transformation



The Heidelberg Project is art, energy, and community.

It’s an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 28th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives.

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