Detroit Train Station Will Be the Star of Crain's 'Detroit Homecoming'

Group publisher Mary Kramer and chairman Keith Crain at the July 13 announcement in Michigan Central Station. (Twitter photo by Crain's Detroit Business)


The 104-year-old Michigan Central Station in Corktown, a symbol of decay and backdrop for out-of-town coverage of city's decline, will be a stars of the Detroit Homecoming, an event put on by Crain's Detroit Business.

The train station will host former Detroiters during the Sept. 13-15 event's first night, reports Chad Livengood of Crain's.

The annual gathering, which began in 2014, showcases Detroit's revitalization and encourages expatriates to convince them to invest in the city.  Detroit-born comedian Lily Tomlin will be honored the first night at a dinner in the station's once-grand lobby, which has the appearance of a semi-restored ruin .

Seating will be limited to 200 former Detroiters and 150 seats for sponsors of the event and host committee members. The festivities will be the first significant private event at the station since the mid-1980s. 

Photographers from around the world have come for decades to take photos inside and outside of the building -- images referred to as ruin porn.

Read more:  Crain's Detroit Business

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