Discovering Forest Avenue

Posted: 05/20/16

Forest Street in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood is home to a vibrant business community, lovely mid-rise historic apartment buildings and of course Wayne State University properties. A vital corridor, this street connects residents to theJohn C. Lodge Free to west and the Detroit Medical Center Campus, home to several hospitals, the Karmanos Cancer Center and the John D Dingell Veterans Medical Center.

A central hub of small business and art, the area is home to the world renown N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, the historic First Congregational Church and one of the most important passages of the Underground Railroad on the east side of Woodward. On the West side of Woodward the development of Wayne State University’s 950 space parking structure and retail space has successfully lured a number of new tenants to the area including Mid-City Grill, a mid-priced casual dining concept that offers something for everyone and free Wi-Fi. Detroit Yoga Lab, formerly the Yoga Shelter has found their ultimate zen home in this cozy area of the neighborhood. Across the street, the Detroit Artists Market (DAM), one of the city’s leading arts non-profits fosters a vibrant and distinctive artistic community in Detroit and Michigan by promoting, exhibiting and selling the work of emerging and established artists. Next door to DAM is Bob’s Classic Kicks (BCK), locally owned for over 12 years by Jason Johnson, this sneaker emporium ushered in a new era of Detroit Cool that continues today. BCK is one of the few licensed Nike and Puma sellers in the city and with styles exclusive to this store and a variety of locally owned clothing lines available, they offer something for everyone.

Currently this street is undergoing construction as a part if the City of Detroit’s Greenway’s Project between Second and Cass and at Woodward due to the M-1 RAIL construction project, but the businesses you have come to know and love are still accessible and are still open. Parking is available along the Forest in the Wayne State University Parking Structure and the Abraham Parking Lot adjunct to Bob’s Classic Kicks and the Detroit Artists Market for a small fee. Limited street parking is also available.

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