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WHAT: Urbanism Road Trip: Detroit
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29
WHERE: Detroit, Michigan (departing from Toronto)
COST: $125 (does not include hotel room or meals) SOLD OUT!
BUY TICKETS: Sold exclusively on Spacing’s e-store
FACEBOOK LISTING: RSVP so you can get any updates (not required but recommended)


PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to be added to our waiting list in case of cancellations please email

As part of Spacing’s 10th anniversary celebrations, we are inviting our readers to join us on a two-day road trip to the Motor City!

There have been a lot of negative news stories about Detroit lately which sadly undermines all of the unique and resilient work that is taking place in the city. Spacing has teamed up with ERA Architects and the Detroit Creative Corridor Centre to bring you a series of dynamic urbanism tours over a weekend that will open your eyes to all of the positive changes that are under way.

The Detroit Urbanism Road Trip tours* will include:

  • BIKE TOUR: A ride through the neighbourhoods of Lafayette Park, Eastern Market, Brush Park, Cultural District, Wayne State, Midtown (among others).
  • ARCHITECTURE TOUR: A walking tour through downtown focused on skyscrapers, parks, and urban design.
  • HEIDELBERG PROJECT: A private tour of the amazing Heidelberg Project and a talk with the artist Tyree Guyton.
  • URBAN FARM TOUR: A look at Earthworks, a social justice and community farming project run by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, a human service organization inspired by the spirit of St. Francis and sponsored by the Capuchins of the Province of St. Joseph.
  • INNOVATION TOUR: An up-close and personal tour of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center/Taubman Center for Design Education
  • BUS TOUR: A ride out to the neighbourhoods of Belle Isle, Indian Village, Grosse Pointe (among others) for a short walking tour.

The cost of a ticket includes chartered bus, bike rental, tour guides, bridge and road tolls. Hotel room and meals are a separate cost (see below).

We will board the bus on Saturday September 28th at 8am and arrive in Detroit at 1pm. The exact location of the Toronto departure will be determined in the coming weeks (we will do our best to make it a downtown location near a subway station). We will notify all ticket purchasers of the location by email. We will depart Detroit at 5:30pm on Sunday Sept. 29th.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center (400 Renaissance Dr W., (313) 568-8000). A double room will cost $129 (US) for the Saturday evening. It is up to you to arrange your room bookings. Use this link to book your room online. Meals are not included but we will do our best to provide you with light snacks, water, etc. when possible.

You are free to cancel your tickets up until September 13th after which you will be responsible for full payment. We will do our best to re-sell your cancel tickets after this date but cannot guarantee you a refund.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions:

* tour details are subject to change




  1. That is a wonderful idea…is there a Spacing Detroit coming in the future?

    Cheers, Moaz

  2. Hi Moaz — No plans for it, though the idea of a Spacing Detroit/Windsor blog has been bandied around for years now. This may be the spark, you never know.

  3. I might suggest adding a tour of the Cranbrook Educational Community to your list! Not so urban, but a gem to wander around…. as an alumni of the Academy of Art there, I am envious of your trip. I would also recommend contacting Jeff Sturges of the Mt. Elliott Makerspace which is doing some awesome work with people in the city!

  4. If Detroit is losing its population, when will Windsor pass Detroit in population?