Neighborhoods: Gordon Square Arts District

Located at the intersection of W. 65th Street and Detroit Avenue, Gordon Square is the historic commercial district of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. In 2007, the Cleveland Public Theatre, Near West Theatre, and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization/Capitol Theatre came together to create the Gordon Square Arts District (GSAD) to leverage the vibrant arts and culture of the area to foster economic growth and collaboration. A recent $30 million capital campaign resulted in remaking Detroit Avenue from West 54th to West 78th Streets into a thriving arts district complete with galleries, boutiques, restaurants, wine bars, coffee shops, arts lofts, and affordable housing, which more than 80 new businesses (many arts-based) and numerous locals now call home.

If you’re going to be in the GSAD, you have to try the Happy Dog with the most creative hot dogs you’ve ever had and lots of local music; Luxe Kitchen and Lounge, a hipster hangout with delicious Mediterranean fare; Spice Kitchen + Bar with its garden patio and local ingredients; Toast, a cozy wine bar, sourcing food from their own farm; Latitude 41 to satisfy your comfort food cravings; Sweet Moses, an old fashioned soda fountain; Minh Anh for Vietnamese and other Asian fare; the Stone Mad Pub to get your bocce ball on; Rincon Criollo with its authentic Puerto Rican cuisine; and Gypsy Beans and Baking Company for great coffee and pastries.

Gordon Square (photo courtesy Roger Cross via Flickr creative commons license)
Gordon Square (photo courtesy Roger Cross via Flickr creative commons license)

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