Meet the latest tourist attractions: Abandoned factories

Six decades after shutting down, Detroit’s Packard Plant is being revived with tours of the former auto facility and new tenants. Plans for a brewery and a restaurant are also in the works. (Tanya Moutzalias/Ann Arbor News/Associated Press)

“Trip-planning multiple choice: 
a) Mountains b) Sand c) Surf
d) Factories.

If you picked the last vacation option, you’ve got company.

“We’re finding a hunger,” says Michael Boettcher, an urban planner and industrial-history buff. “Everyone has been to Disney World, and it’s like, what else you got?” Read more

A year into revival efforts, Packard Plant cleans up

Photo: Dave Guralnick | The Detroit News

“Detroit — It’s been nearly a year since the owner of the Packard Plant publicly kicked off the first phase of a $300 million-plus renovation plan of the sprawling 40-acre property.

In that time, $4 million has been spent on pre-development and clean-up, with more than 14,000 yards of debris hauled away from the lower east side plant that sat mostly vacant for decades, according to Kari Smith, director of development for the project through site owner Arte Express Detroit. There are plans for a brewery to open next year, and more than 1,000 people have taken tours to get a look at the site.” Read More

Inaugural Tour of Packard Plant Captivates Visitors

Photo by Kurt Nagl/Crain’s Detroit Business

“The sprawling, ruinous Packard Plant in Detroit saw new life today as 40 people took part in the inaugural Pure Detroit tour on Saturday.”

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To sign up for a tour go to Pure Detroit