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November 21, 2007

Motown Makeover

With its dark days behind it, the Motor City welcomes a luxury renaissance.

Detroit’s image has long taken a beating, from race riots to urban decay and a declining auto industry. But even in the face of recent factory layoffs, Motown is now, finally, enjoying a luxury makeover. On the heels of the recently open MGM Grand Detroit, the new MotorCity Casino Hotel has breathed new life into an abandoned 1916 Wonder Bread bakery. Sporting a fresh car-inspired design, MotorCity will treat guests to 300-thread-count sheets, plasma televisions and a pillow library when it opens November 28. Another abandoned landmark is also getting some overdue love: the Book Cadillac Hotel, a 1920’s Art Deco gem that reopens as a Westin in 2008 after six years of vacancy and vandalism. That’s as long as it took the Detroit Institute of Arts (pictured) to do its own round of renovations. On Friday and Saturday the museum celebrates its $158-million makeover with a 32-hour open house. The marathon gala shows off Mexican muralist Diego Rivera’s painted ode to the American auto worker — created at a time when the factories were actually booming.

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