"Nice but expensive"
While I can't say much about the outlying sections of Woodward Avenue, I can say that there's a few decent sections of it that I like, all of which are either close to downtown or in it. Rent-wise Woodward Avenue is nowhere near cheap. It does take you up to Wayne State University's campus if you're a person who plans on going to that school though. The nightlife in the downtown section is great depending on where you go. You can easily locate the Hard Rock Cafe inside the Compuware Center, part of which is centered on a large portion of Woodward Avenue itself. For sports enthusiasts, you can very easily locate Comerica Park on the outskirts of downtown, located just next door to the Ford Field House. For concert-goers, there is the Magic Stick/Bag right on Woodward, the Fillmore, and the Fox Theater, all within a 5 to 6 minute drive along a mile and a half stretch of Woodward Avenue. All venues offer varying rock, country, pop, hip/hop and alternative acts throughout the year. You can find tons of restaurants around Woodward Avenue, the most famous of which includes Hockeytown Bar & Grill across from Comerica Park, Cheli's Chili (both within a block of each other), and many other decent restaurants outside of those two. For parks, there isn't much aside from Grand Circus Park and Campus Martius, but Campus Martius I will say is a great place to go see free concerts during the summer and also to get involved in winter-time activities there too. Overall if you're looking for a seemingly decent area to live in, I'd try living on the section of Woodward Avenue between Warren Avenue and downtown Detroit itself.
"The Main Artery of Detroit"
Woodward is where many interesting things happen in downtown Detroit. It begins and the central hub and then travels towards I-94. Near to the center of the city, Woodward is lined with several theaters, cathedrals and restaurants. As it progresses towards I-94, it is lined with new housing developments and many small stores, only some of which are boarded up. Further down, Woodward leads directly onto the campus of Wayne State University. As you near the campus, you will pass by the Majestic theatre aka the Magic Stick, a concert venue. You will also pass some of Detroit's finest assets, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Orchestra Hall and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
"Lots of history, but don't walk alone at night!!!"
Woodward Ave is truly the heart of Detroit-physically and metaphorically. It offers some cool attractions such as the DIA, the Detroit History Museum, Comerica Park, CCS, Ford Field, parts of Wayne, The Fox Theatre, and several fantastic restaurants. It is also home to the "Woodward Dream Cruise," which is a blast for car-enthusiasts and non-car-enthusiasts alike.
However, when Woodward Ave (and I refer to the areas that don't have as many attractions, such as around 6 or 7 Mile) is not full of tourists, it is a very, very sketchy area that I wouldn't call desirable for pedestrians. I would definitely not take children on a stroll down it, as there are many things on the street that they should not see, to put it politely. Which is sad, really.
"A great street in Detroit with cool places to visit"
You should definitely stop around the area on Woodward Avenue near the Ford Field where the Tigers play...there are about a billion amazing restaurants here. The Fox Town Grill (I think that's what it's called) is the best of all of them, it's a little expensive, but definitely worth it. The Second City Comedy Theater is on this street, you should stop by there and see the improv shows if you are a tourist visiting Detroit. I could go on and on about all the stuff here...the Hockeytown restaurant is good...after or before going to a baseball game you have to eat at one of these restaurants. Just aces, aces all the way.
- Families with kids
"Historic Main Street in Detroit"
If downtown Detroit had a main street this would it. It has everything on it except the casinos. It dead ends at Hart Plaza and the Detroit River. The city puts a lot of work into fixing it up. You can go to the Fox Theatre or for Sport you can go to Comerica Park and see the Tigers or head on over the Ford Field and watch the Lions play.
- Families with kids
"Needs improvement, yet has potential to be vibrant and fun"
Woodward Avenue is like an artery coming out of downtown Detroit. It begins right at the United States and Canada border and continues all the way through to Pontiac, Michigan.
This review will focus on the part of Woodward Avenue that is located in Downtown Detroit. In recent years the city has made quite a few improvements to the area, a lot of the crime, grime, and graffiti has been cleaned up. Many of the abandoned buildings have been turned into modern lofts, and restaurants. However, some vacant buildings still remain.
There is a lot to do in terms of nightlife, arts and entertainment. Both the Fox Theater, and The Fillmore Theater call Woodward Avenue home. There are nightclubs and bars along the street including Club Bleu, Pure, Proof, State Bar, Elwood, and many more, as well as restaurants including the Detroit Breakfast Grill (which is amazing), Oslo, and Salad Creations.
Further, the public transit system is excellent in terms of service; there are many bus stops along the street that go to all corners of the city, and the suburbs.
Overall, Woodward has experienced much growth and rejuvenation, and has potential to become even better in the future.
"Main Traffic Artery"
Woodward Avenue starts at the heart of downtown Detroit and goes all the way up to Pontiac, MI. It was the first paved "highway" in the US, and it remains a primary traffic artery to this day. Many important buildings are located along Woodward, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the main Library, large portions of Wayne State University (including the old Administration Building), the Fox Theatre (gloriously restored), and Orchestra Hall (home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra). However, the neighborhoods along parts of Woodward look like London after the Blitz - the Devil's Night fires of the 80s and 90s took a huge toll, and many homes were never repaired. Also, "white flight" - and later just "flight" in general - from the city left many houses empty, and they have also fallen into disrepair. Many stores have bars on the windows 24 hours a day, and just walking from a nearby parking lot to, say, Orchestra Hall, and back, can be a frightening experience. Public transportation is fairly regular during the day, but nonexistant at night - Detroit is the motor city, and not having a car is practically unpatriotic. Driving downtown along Woodward at night, one should be careful of nearby pedestrians who duck suddenly into the street, in hopes of being hit, and hitting the "lawsuit lottery".