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    A taxi might be rather expensive given who knows how long you might sit there going through customs each way?

    Also there was previous discussion in the thread about the bridge possibly being closed on Sunday due to the marathon. Please check posts eariler in the thread, Jun Y.
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    Looks like the marathon goes through both the bridge and the tunnel.

    Found this list of hotels from the marathon map: http://www.freepmarathon.com/info/travel

    Salt Lake City had its marathon during Adult Nationals. Getting across town was a huge pain in the butt. I wouldn't expect anything different with the Detroit one - I'd plan on being at the Joe way before the thing starts, and way after it ends, if possible. ETA: Skate America starts at 2:15 on Sunday. The marathon course closes at 2:00. There will be overlap, so allow plenty of time.
    Last edited by sk8er1964; 07-24-2013 at 09:43 PM.

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    Detroit Marathon crews informed me there is a home Lions game that day. Couple that with the potential for the Tigers to be in the playoffs, downtown could be hopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YukiNieve View Post
    Can somebody familiar with the current state of downtown Detroit give us practical and constructive advice on the area?
    I have been in DC area for decades and know which areas in the city to avoid
    and what things you should not do (BTW DC has become much safer during the last decade).
    What about Detroit?

    - Which areas in downtown you should avoid, during night or all day?

    - If you get a hotel in downtown, which areas (blocks) do you recommend?

    - Can you find cabs easily on the street?

    I know it is important to use your common sense,
    but this is the possibly the last season for some of prominent Japanese skaters who will compete at Skate America,
    and quite a few fans from Japan are coming to see them in Detroit.
    Tokyo is an area you can walk around mostly safely past midnight.
    Sensitivity to security can be different from your experience.
    So your advice on the above will be greatly appreciated!
    I've lived in the Detroit suburbs all my life, and I can give a few answers:

    - I'd avoid anything not nearby Joe Louis Arena at night. Detroit is not a good city to be in at night, and while Downtown is generally okay during the day if you're in a group, I don't recommend walking around at night, especially because SA won't get the crowds that the other sporting events here do.

    - I'd recommend the hotel at the Renaissance Center if you absolutely want to stay Downtown. It wouldn't be cheap, but that's probably the safest option. Personally, I think staying in the suburbs nearby would be a better option, but I don't have a lot of experience with the hotels here honestly.

    - You will most likely have to call a cab. In Michigan, we drive EVERYWHERE, and the bus system and Peoplemover aren't the best forms of transportation. I'd arrange to have a cab ready by the time SA is over, or rent a car if possible.

    Hope that helps

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    My friends and I are staying at the Riverwalk (about 2 miles away). The folks there will take you *to* the arena, no charge, and said that cabs *should* be readily available to get us back to the hotel afterward. If this ends up not being the case we may just take our car to the arena on subsequent days.
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    Thank you bronwynsings !!

    If I may ask you one more thing,
    in downtown, can you find a cab easily on street,
    or do you have to make a reservation in advance?

    Renting a car can give us "where to park (safely)" issue...

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    Quote Originally Posted by YukiNieve View Post
    Thank you bronwynsings !!

    If I may ask you one more thing,
    in downtown, can you find a cab easily on street,
    or do you have to make a reservation in advance?

    Renting a car can give us "where to park (safely)" issue...
    It's no problem!

    Chances are, you won't be able to find a cab easily on the street, so you will most likely have to make a reservation in advance. However, you can park a car in the nearby garage at Joe Louis, which has security. You have to pay to park there, but I'm not sure what the price is.

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    Hope everyone already got their all-event passes as it seems you can no longer buy them. Single sessions appear to be going onsale on the 16th, but there may be a presale ongoing now. Not sure what the code is though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz V View Post
    Hope everyone already got their all-event passes as it seems you can no longer buy them. Single sessions appear to be going onsale on the 16th, but there may be a presale ongoing now. Not sure what the code is though.
    I just called the number on the website and was told that you can still order the all event packages over the phone, but the sooner the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terri View Post
    Question: how much trouble is it to cross the border between Detroit & Windsor? There are hotels, 0.6 miles from Joe Louis. I walked further in Kent. With appropriate shoes (not my boots) that isn't far at all to walk. But is it even possible to walk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terri View Post
    Question: how much trouble is it to cross the border between Detroit & Windsor? There are hotels, 0.6 miles from Joe Louis. I walked further in Kent. With appropriate shoes (not my boots) that isn't far at all to walk. But is it even possible to walk?
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    The closest point of entry would be the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. From what I've been able to find online (Google is your friend), walking across the border isn't an option, but there is a bus that goes through the Tunnel.
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    Thank you bronwynsings again!!
    Sorry for my late reply as I am traveling now.

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    Thanks so much for the redirection & information. (I like Google too, but sometimes they fail to update the internet with changes & new information.)

    I found a couple hotels in Windsor less than a mile away, but they may as well be on another continent if it isn't accessible to the arena. So I'll search out options on the American side of the border.

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    When I was last in Windsor a few years ago, the only crossing options were the tunnel and the bridge, and I don't remember seeing a pedestrian option for either.
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    I think I will book at the Greektown Casino hotel for lack of better options. It's only $151 a night & 0.70 miles away. Hopefully I'll be able to take a cab or it will be busy enough to walk. Still haven't bought tickets. Guess I'd better get on it.

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    The Greektown Casino hotel is close to a People Mover station so you'll be able to take that to the arena and back.

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    Thanks, SkateSand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Really View Post
    The closest point of entry would be the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. From what I've been able to find online (Google is your friend), walking across the border isn't an option, but there is a bus that goes through the Tunnel.
    I'm thinking to stay in Windsor and use the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Bus.
    I am a NEXUS and US green card holder and hope I won't get in trouble with traveling back and forth between US and Canada...
    Has anyone used the Tunel Bus before?
    Do I need my passport to cross the border, too???

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    I would take your passport just in case. I think the NEXUS card should be enough, but if you are going back and forth that often, it would be good to have the passport in case you are asked any extra questions.
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