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Hart Plaza, Detroit

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Philip A. Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, is a city plaza along the Detroit River. It is located more or less on the site at which Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac landed in 1701 when he founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, the settlement that became Detroit. In 2011, the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority opened its new cruise ship passenger terminal and dock at Hart Plaza, adjacent to the Renaissance Center, which receives major cruise ships such as the MS Hamburg and the Yorktown.The 14acre plaza, which is named for the late U.S. Senator Philip Hart, opened in 1975 and has a capacity for about 40,000 people. At the center of the plaza is the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, designed by Isamu Noguchi and Walter Budd in 1978.HistoryThe area where Hart Plaza stands today is believed to be where Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac landed in 1701. The waterfront area became the main source of communication and transportation to the outside world until the inventions of the railroad and telegraph. By the mid 19th century this area was covered by docks, warehouses, and other industry, as was most of Detroit's waterfront of the time.It wasn't until 1890 that Hazen S. Pingree, Detroit's mayor at that time, suggested the location would be ideal for the creation of a waterfront center for city functions. However, the project was not carried through.
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  • With a bitter, cold wind coming from Windsor we had the Plaza to ourselves as rain threatened ! Starting to show its age with uneven pavers & slightly unkempt area. Facilities locked up solid so had t...  more »
  • I went there for the movement, so you may found 6 different stages, everything well located and even a place to chill during the day, i loved the fountain and it's good for huge events like that one.....  more »
  • There are a lot of free concerts and festivals on the July weekends and sometimes in August. Name jazz artists and other and great food. A fund place to be. 
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  • Motor city towers are impressive. The restaurant/bar in tower 4 in cafe area we visited had singers in the evening. Their voices make it worth your while to visit. Has a good size dance area near them. The view of the lake is beautiful at night. Visit and enjoy. Sophia Lorena a beautiful legend coming in September.
  • Very nice and a great view on the city!! The river walk is such a nice touch and when there is a festival the entire area looks beautiful
  • Festive and seems like its on a comeback. Hart plaza has been thriving with all the events that have been taking place over the summer. Right next to the river walk and with BBQ's, music, vendors selling cool unique hand made items that celebrate Detroit and all it has to offer it's definitely something to see when you come to Michigan.
  • Beautiful and vibrant at all times of the day. Always something to do and see. Plenty of bars and restaurants nearby to keep you entertained. Definitely a go to spot for entertainment and nightlife!
  • Attended the 2016 Jazz Festival. Fantastic Talent from around the globe. Hart Plaza is a great place for festivals. space is good but it needs more shady spots to just relax in.