Discovering North End and New Center by Streetcar


From I-94 to Bethune, Woodward Avenue has a rich heritage of independent retailers, and is home to two of the city’s iconic and historic neighborhoods, as well as several of the QLINE Detroit station stops. Amsterdam, Milwaukee and Grand Boulevard stations take passengers to some of the oldest businesses in the city, great green spaces, hubs of technology creativity, and unique housing. Welcome to the neighborhoods of the historic North End and New Center.

Extending from I-94 to the south, I-75 to the east, Webb to the north and Woodward to the east is the historic North End neighborhood, one of the oldest African-American enclaves in the city and, home to generations of strong neighbors creating one of the most dynamic communities in the city. The New Center area is home to Henry Ford Health System, the historic architecture of Albert Khan evidenced in the Fisher Building and the GM Building.  The area was once home to General Motors, Jacobson’s and Crowley’s. New Center is bounded by I-94 to the south, Chicago Boulevard to the north, M-10/Lodge Freeway to the west and Woodward to the east.

In the early 1900’s, these neighborhoods were home to over 100 automotive manufacturers and suppliers including Henry Ford’s Piquette Plant. Today, the area is home to a creative arts movement with organizations like the Oakland Avenue Artists Coalition and the Detroit Creative Corridor, community agricultural innovators, The North End CDC’s, Oakland Avenue Farmers Market and small business builders Tech Town.  It is also home to a number of new residential and mixed-use developments that are focusing on inclusive housing including The Platform’s Third and Grand, Baltimore Station, and The Khan Building.

Discover the all that these two neighborhoods have to offer just steps from the three New Center and North End QLINE Detroit station stops with our handy guide below.

Amsterdam South

This station sits at the northern entrance point of the Wayne State University Campus, where the Biomedical Engineering Building opened in late 2015 — just across the street. It is home to the Tech Town and Next Energy business development center campuses, in addition to the award-winning University Prep Academy Mark Murray Elementary School.  It is also home to Detroit’s premier luggage retailer as the city’s only licensed Donney & Bourke and Montblanc Pens. Located in Detroit since 1946, they have one of the largest luggage collections to meet every need in Metro Detroit.

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Tech Town

440 Burroughs

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 879-5250

www.techtowndetroit.org

Amsterdam North

This station is the entry point the North End neighborhood, with an eclectic mix of iconic Detroit restaurants including  which is also home to one of the city’s only sand volleyball court, and Bucharest Grill, home of what is arguably one of the fastest-growing, locally-owned fast casual food chains known for its shawarmas. This areas is also home to the destination women’s boutique, Offin Rivers Boutique carrying unique, bold fashions by local and national cutting-edge African American designers. After shopping for your perfecting outfit, visit the staff of Mel’s Salon, a full-service salon serving a multi-cultural clientele located next door to Offin Rivers Boutique.

One of only two Chevrolet dealerships in the City of Detroit, James Martin Chevrolet is also located just steps from the station.

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Z’s Villa

42 Piquette Ave

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 874-2680

www.zsvilladet.com

Baltimore Street Station South

This area is a hub of Detroit’s creative spirit as it is home to the Center for Creative Studies Taubman Center, the Detroit Creative Corridor and the Henry Ford Academy for Creative Studies.  This intersection is also home to the Henry Ford Health System’s health center, Fitnessworks, a state-of-the-art fitness and lifestyle center with world class trainers, bariatric counseling and treatment, therapy and more. Just steps away isNorthern Lights Lounge, known throughout the region for its unique cocktails patio brunches and live music performances. The Woodward Corridor, just outside of the station, is home to much of the area’s retail which is in the midst of a renaissance blending new cooperative businesses such as the North End Collective, a diverse collective of  all-woman, African-American retail entrepreneurs whose stores include The Traveling Pants Company and Purple Love, with longtime  neighborhood businesses  like Praise Him Barber, family-owned and operated for over 20 years.  Amtrak’s Detroit station is located just 100 feet away from the QLINE station, connecting Detroit to Chicago and over other 10 cities  including Battle Creek, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Royal Oak, Pontiac and more,

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North End Collective

6513 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48202

www.northendcollectivedetroit.com

Baltimore North

From Atomic Chicken to Detroit Hardware, this area is a hub of small business entrepreneurial growth led by Metro Detroit residents, many of whom are long time Detroiters. Collectively in this area, these businesses have close to a 200-year history in the neighborhood. The oldest among them is Detroit Hardware, a multi-generational family owned store run by Emily Webster. Roby Shoes owned by Jeff and Sharil Roby, has called the community home for over 40 years and is known throughout Metro Detroit as the go-to shore provider for harder-to-fit sizes, special occasion shoes, and unique accessories. The Roby’s have also invested in the community, paying forward the support they have received over the years. As property owners along the corridor, they have purposefully and thoughtfully worked to recruit tenants that would meet the needs of their fellow neighbors, including locally-owned Anew Life Prosthetics & Orthotic and third generation African-American, family owned, DLS Pharmacy.  Dencap Dental, one of the city’s oldest insurance firm with an rich history founded on vision of equity and inclusion of access to dental care for all Detroiter’s has called the community home for over 40 years.  The firm, deeply rooted in the community was founded by Joe Lentine Sr. and Dr. Fred Cuthrell, and has recently expanded its location on Milwaukee.

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Roby’s Shoes

6518 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48202

 (313) 871-7958

Grand Boulevard South

One of the most well-known boulevards in the city it, is home of New Center Park, which is the location for movies in the park during the summer months.  Architecturally-significant buildings including the Albert Khan and Fisher Building and the main campus of Henry Ford Health Center are also located here. The community is also home to a number of non-profits including the civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit (BBBS) and The Franklin Wright Settlement. Before there was Kuzzo’s Atomic Chicken, there was the Detroit original, New Center Eatery which is the popular home for chicken and waffles, and other southern soul foods cooked with a side of love.  The St. Regis Hotel, the only hotel in the New Center arear is located at the corner of West Grand Boulevard and Woodward. Recently, the hotel partnered with Barbat Holdings, LLC.to build the Regis Houze Apartments.  The development is a $4-million redevelopment of a 64,000-square-foot annex on the east wing of the hotel, with 58 units of rental housing.

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New Center Eatery

3100 W Grand Boulevard

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 875-0088

Grand Boulevard North

The northern entry point to the North End neighborhood is undergoing a major change with the additional transformation of the corner of East Grand Boulevard and the addition of the offices of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to the neighborhood. The sustainable rehabilitation of the existing building will include 10 artists’ lofts and Wilda’s, the new casual dining restaurant concept from the owners of Rose’s Fine Food.  The area is home to auto service provider Goodyear Tire, and one of the only African American-owned banks in the Detroit area, First Independent Bank.  The heart of the North End community is The Delores Bennett Park, created by its namesake community activist, Ms. Delores Bennett. The park is a gathering space for the community that has served as the home from everything from backpack giveaways to family reunions. It is also home to the North End MoGo bike share station.  Helpingto lead the development of this district is Vanguard CDC, a community development organization founded by Bishop Edger Vann and is led by Pamela Martin Turner.

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Parks Old School Barb-B-Q

7444 Beaubien St

Detroit, MI 48202

(313) 873-7444

www.parksoldstylebar-b-q.com