4.3 out of 10

East Jefferson Ave, Rivertown

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"Rapidly changing scenery"

Jefferson follows the Detroit river through the city of Detroit itself, and continues towards Lake St. Claire, to the affluent Grosse Pointe Communities. When it reaches Grosse Pointe Park at the intersection of Alter Rd, the street suddenly changes to one populated by large, beautiful houses. As it continues along the lake, its name changes to Lakeshore Drive, only to become Jefferson again at 9 mile.

Follow Jefferson downriver, and you might find yourself lost. The street curves into Rosa Parks Blvd, but if you continue down Jefferson, you will drive down a dingy, narrow side street, which abruptly curves and ends on Fort St., only to pick back up several miles down fort St. This section is not a nice neighbourhood by any means and I highly encourage taking I-75 if you need to venture down river so you can bypass the dilapidated steel mills and neighbourhoods.

Through Detroit itself, Jefferson is mostly lined with boarded up buildings, strip malls and the occassional remnant of the city's former beauty. Notably, you will pass the water treatment plant (such a beautiful building), several churches and the entrance to the once pleasant recreation area, Belle Isle. The street is more consistent as it reaches the downtown area, at which it becomes merely a normal street in a city and is lined with some fine restaurants and passes by the Renaissance Center.

"High Traffic Area, connects to Major Highway."

East Jefferson Avenue begins in Downtown Detroit, and continues on into Grosse Pointe, Michigan. It offers convenient access to Highway 375 which emanates from the street.

The street is relatively safe for Detroit standards meaning there are a few vagrant, and homeless individuals present, but they do not pose a threat to your personal safety.

General Motor's Headquarters is located just off the street on neighboring Renaissance Drive. The Renissance Center has a variety of shops, restaurants and services including a movie theater, salon, and health club. The University of Detroit Mercy's Law campus is also located on the street.

In terms of restaurants, for seafood lovers I would highly recommend Tom's Oyster Bar and for more casual fare, there is Nathan's Deli, which offers a variety of sandwiches, and coney island style menu items.

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