General info

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Most assembly will be in Grand Circus Park, in downtown Detroit.  Note that Grand Circus Park is located on Woodward Ave., which is the main thoroughfare running through the center of Detroit.  Some meetings and meals may be held in another location and will be announced.  For a searchable map of Detroit, go to “visitdetroit.com” and select “Interactive Map” (on the right hand side).  Then, on the map page, go to “Destination District” and use the drop-down arrow to choose “Downtown Detroit.”  For an unsearchable but better general-purpose map online, go to “City of Detroit Parking,” then “Municipal Parking Department/City of Detroit Departments,” and select “Public Parking Facilities.” Click on the “Parking Map” and increase its size to 125%.  This map shows street names clearly, as well as parking ramps and People Mover stops (see below).

ACCOMMODATIONS:
A limited number of local hosts will provide beds and transportation to and from the Grand Circus Park (please be sensitive to their other responsibilities during the Assembly!).  Call (313) 744-7912 to arrange housing.  Hotels in the Grand Circus Park area are, in order of proximity: (1) (Nearest.  Most expensive, but on the Hotel Workers’ “Please Patronize” list) the Westin Book Cadillac (1114 Washington Blvd.,);  (2) the Doubletree Hilton (525 W. Lafayette Blvd.); and (3) (Cheapest, farthest) the Holiday Inn Express (1020 Washington Blvd.).  Please check the “Hotel Workers Rising” website for active boycotts before booking.  Consider telling the hotel you are responding to Hotel Workers’ right to collective bargaining.  Expedia and Hotwire show much lower rates, but are non-refundable.  Consult the “better” map (see General Information, above) for proximity of hotels to Grand Circus Park and to the People Mover.

TRANSPORTATION:
The Greyhound Station is at 1001 Howard St.,  just east of the Lodge freeway (M-10).  It’s nine blocks from Grand Circus Park.  Megabus  doesn’t have terminals in Detroit, just drop-off corners.  The closest corner at which Megabus drops off is Michigan Ave./ Cass (about a five block walk from Grand Circus Park).    The Amtrak Station is at 11 West Baltimore, at the corner of Woodward Ave.  It is not walking distance to Grand Circus Park (it’s 34 blocks to the north).  If you fly into Metro Airport, we may be able to provide rides to and fro on the days of the Assembly (schedule ahead of time: 313.744-7912).  Local: The maps show the “People Mover” stop at Grand Circus Park and at various points throughout the downtown area.  It’s an automated light rail system on an elevated track.  Consider` the People Mover to get around, including possibly to your hotel and/or parking area.  The fare is 75 cents.  Change is available from the token machines at each station.  People Mover Hours:
Friday……6:30 a.m.-2 a.m.         Saturday……9:00 a.m.-2 a.m.          Sunday……noon-midnight
Local bus travel is by “D-DOT.” Fares are $1.50 for adults, 25 Cents for transfers.  The buses are white with green and yellow stripes.  Medicare card holders get half off.  Bus info. at (313) 933-1300.  Accessibility Guidelines are available online at the Detroit Department of Transportation.

PARKING:
On weekends, there is some parking at meters available, especially on Washington Blvd.  Saturday evening, it might be difficult to find another metered spot if you move your car  (concert in the area).   There is an underground city parking ramp below Grand Circus Park  Maximum daily rate is $10. Cars can exit 24 hours a day, but entrance is only guaranteed up until 6:00 p.m.  The elevator is broken. If you need assistance, please call the Detroit Parking Department: (313) 224-8925) in advance.

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