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2 | VISIT DETROIT | SPRING & SUMMER 2017 CHAIRMAN FROM THE JOHN HERTEL, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SUBURBAN MOBILITY AUTHORITY FOR REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION (SMART) AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DETROIT METRO CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU (DMCVB), REFLECTS ON HIS FIRST-YEAR TERM SERVING WITH THE DMCVB, THE OUTSTANDING PROGRESS DETROIT HAS MADE AND HIS OPTIMISM FOR THIS YEAR AND BEYOND. In my first communication in this magazine last year as chairman of the DMCVB, I couldn't hold back my excitement over the buzz surrounding Detroit. We weren't just a city on the verge of a comeback; we were a city on solid ground — renewed, energetic and with a nationally recognized stronghold as a leisure and meeting destination. We are now one of last year's hottest food cities according to Zagat, and a destination The New York Times put on its list of 52 places to go in 2017. We are also a city on high watch as major projects rapidly transform the region's landscape. After a decade in the making, the QLine is on the final countdown to its official public opening. The circulating streetcar is set to start moving people along a 3.3-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue this April. We've been watching the test runs of the streetcars for much of the winter. We've also witnessed the rail system's impact on the revitalization of Woodward Avenue, the city's main thoroughfare. As a longtime champion of public transportation in the metro Detroit area, I personally can't wait to hear feedback from the thousands of people that are projected to use it daily. In the same backyard, city residents, workers and visitors have observed the building of The District Detroit, the 50-block area of businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and Little Caesars Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Construction has been moving at lightning speed with the arena's expected opening this September, just in time for the Red Wings' and Pistons' 2017-18 season. While these projects are Detroit's high-profile heavy- hitters, it's also the compilation of more under-the-radar elements of progress that are helping to define the new Detroit. Athletic-wear giant Under Armour will follow Nike this spring, also opening a downtown location on Woodward Avenue. Trendy eyeglass retailer Warby Parker also opened its first Michigan store downtown late last year. Our Jefferson-Chalmers Neighborhood was recently designated Michigan's first National Treasure. Jimmy John's Field in Utica opened last summer to rave reviews, bringing semi-professional baseball to the area. A year ago, we asked visitors to pardon our dust. Now, we're happy to ask them to ride the QLine this spring, buy tickets for a game or a concert at Little Caesars Arena and go check out the hundreds of new retail shops, restaurants and entertainment venues that have opened in metro Detroit. THE NEW DETROIT John Hertel, general manager, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), and chairman of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau WHAT'S NEW IN METRO DETROIT? DETROIT'S 10 BEST NEW RESTAURANTS DON'T MISS THE FALL 2017 & WINTER 2018 ISSUE: Coming up OCTOBER-MARCH Ad close July 24, 2017 Publication date Oct. 1, 2017 FOR MORE INFORMATION: contact the ad sales team, adsales@visitdetroit.com APRIL 2016-SEPTEMBER 2016 THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR EVERYTHING TO SEE AND DO IN THE D VISIT DETROIT SUMMER & FALL 2013 DETROIT CHEFS • LOCAL GIFTS VISIT DETROIT'S 10 BEST NEW RESTAURANTS BEER, WINE + SPIRITS 40 ITINERARIES TO GET YOU ROLLING 28 plus SPRING + SUMMER EVENTS

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