THE (313) TURNED 313: The Highlights of Detroit's Birthday
Leave this field empty
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Detroit is affectionately known as "THE 313"(area code of course), and a few of us took some time to say "Happy 313th Birthday Detroit!". July 24, 2014 marked the city's landmark day that hosted many events going on around town. Even though Detroit has had its share of obstacles to overcome, it or should I say "we" still have a great deal we're fighting for and a great legacy to leave behind. I am proud to call myself a Detroiter and everywhere I go to speak, I wear my Detroit Tigers hat and tell my story of how I was born, raised and still live in the city of Detroit. We are a city that innovated manufacturing for the world, we are the reason the world drives cars and... we are the home of the Motown Sound! This city has changed the course of music not only in this nation, but the world!

It may be a clichéd statement but it is very much true...If you can make it in Detroit, you can make it anywhere. Truth is people in this city have a resilience that I haven't seen anywhere else. We are strong spirited people with a resolve to overcome and NEVER QUIT! 

We took a photographic bus tour of Detroit on its 313th birthday to learn, highlight and honor the history and thriving infrastructure of our city and we had a blast! Take a look at some of the photographs taken and enjoy!

Remember, Detroit is still here! And we are coming back! #ROCKTHAT #313turns313



The I SEE DETROIT crew on the Detroit Riverfront.



The crew at the State Park Harbor on Detroit's Riverfront.


Spirit of Detroit.


Our bus was the Awesome...Detroit Bus Company!



John George of Motor City Blight Busters addressing tourers in the beautified Brightmoor District.


Detroit City Councilman James Tate addresses tourers at the Motor City Java and Tea House. We toured his district, the awesome District 1 where great progress and revitalization is taking place.


Little Liam is I SEE DETROIT'S youngest tourer ever. So cool!!! Shout out to his mom and dad Regina and Dayle for bringing him!

Little Ayo celebrates his birthday on the same day as Detroit! Happy Birthday Ayo! Thanks for coming dude! Shout out to mom Alice for bringing him and she took some pretty cool photos of Detroit and Ayo.


Rivard Plaza. Detroit City riverfront.


Amy Koenig photographing with her cell phone took some amazing photos of Detroit. We gifted Amy with a special prize because she is the only person who has gone on every single I SEE DETROIT tour since its beginning in 2010. Thanks Amy! You ROCK!


The Spirit of Detroit statue.


Restored Old Redford Theatre is in full operation and has been fully restored using 100% private dollars. $300K restoration in the heart of the Brightmoor community.


The Family and Owners of Sweet Potato Sensations - One of the fastest growing bake shops in Southeastern Michigan, there sweet potato products are featured in Whole Foods stores. Located in the revitalized Old Redford/Brightmoor District.


Detroit's 313th Birthday Cake!


Milliken State Park - Detroit River Front.


Shawn Lee if the founder and director of I SEE DETROIT, a Fine Art turned community initiative designed to reach across Metro Detroit borders, cultures and age groups to foster a greater sense of community through exciting and innovative events. Check us out at


Also, Shawn is the owner and founder of SHAWN LEE STUDIOS in Farmington Hills, MI and Detroit, MI. He is a photography instructor and provides high end photography services. Check him out at

Leave a comment:
1 Comment
Lisa Washington - Shawn,
My daughter (Leslie) and I had a blast on the 313 bus tour. It was fun, informative and a great learning experience. Detroit is an awesome city and we need to highlight more of it's beauty and positive people.

Thanks for be a great tour guide and photography guru :) We can't wait until the next meet up.

Lisa "Snapshot 22" Washington