Detroit, former Paris of the Midwest, and recent site of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, is perhaps the quintessential “post-industrial” city. Balancing on the border of rust/resistance, Detroit today figures in the news as “the place to be,” the “come-back” city turning the end of its (and America’s) manufacturing days into a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, neopastoral agriculturalists, and utopian environmentalists−all have been drawn to Detroit’s baroquely decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier. Despite economic downturn, fiscal crisis, and struggles with crime, Detroit’s rich cultural undercurrent has attracted many (young) artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs in recent years, at once confirming and transforming the city’s vibrant cultural heritage.
Hotel & Lodging
On Campus Housing:
Residence hall housing is available at Wayne State University, and booking is through the registration form. For more detailed information about the on-campus accommodations, please see the university webpage. Important: As of April 1, all single rooms Yousif B. Ghafari Hall are fully booked and the option is no longer available on the registration form!
Towers Residential Suites (Single Room in a Four-Person Suite)
Cost Per Night: $26
Yousif B. Ghafari Hall (Single Room) FULLY BOOKED - NO AVAILABILITY
Cost Per Night: $32
IMPORTANT: WSU requires ASLE to submit residence hall reservations several weeks prior to the conference. Therefore, you must book your room by May 28 to guarantee space. This also means we CANNOT give refunds for canceled or changed reservations after that date as they will bill based on advance reservations.
Off Campus Housing:
ASLE has reserved a block of rooms at two local hotels close to WSU with special rates for ASLE conference goers.
Hotel St. Regis Detroit is located in the heart of the historic New Center area close to the Fisher Theater and is a most inviting landmark hotel with timeless elegance yet modern style and comforts.
Single King Bed rooms are $109 and Two Double Bed rooms are $119 each night during the conference. Be sure to use name block Association for the Study of Literature and Environment when making reservations in order to get the conference rate and to help us fulfill the room block minimum.
Reservations can be made by calling 313-873-3000 or by visiting their website. Please make your reservations by May 20, 2017, as the group rates will only be honored until that date. The GROUP CODE is: GASL.
The Inn on Ferry Street consists of four beautifully restored Victorian mansions and two carriage houses within walking distance from WSU campus and is a full service hotel with the feel of a bed & breakfast in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center.
Single Queen Bed rooms are available for $149 per night. Reservations can be made by calling the front desk at 313-871-6000, and reference the Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Block. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Unfortunately, reservations cannot be made on their web site using the discounted rate. But do please visit their website for more information.
Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and a front desk agent will get back to you via email within 24 hours or so. Please also reference Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Block in your email. The reduced group rate will be honored until Monday May 15, 2017, so please make your reservations by then.
Other Off Campus Housing:
If you prefer to stay at a campground or other hotel, here are some choices for you:
El Moore Lodge is located in Midtown, and nestled within a vibrant residential community and is dedicated to urban sustainable lodging in a sustainably renovated 1898 building. With a mix of historic, reclaimed and sustainable features such as hardwood floors, reclaimed subway tile, geothermal, and solar, El Moore offers thoughtful, but limited, accommodations.
From $65/night shared rooms to $255/night rooftop urban cabins. Call 313-924-4374 or visit their website.
Food & Fun
Here are a few things in easy reach of the Wayne State University campus, and some resources to help you explore the rest:
Tours and Visitors’ Guides:
- Midtown Guide
- Kanishk’s Guide to Detroit
- Detroit Experience Factory
- Pure Detroit
- Challenge Detroit
- 10 Things to Do in Detroit
- Planetware: 13 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Detroit, by Lana Law
- Biking Detroit: Detroit Bike City Movement
- Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, River Days Festival June 24-26, 2017
Museums Near Wayne State:
- Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Detroit Historical Society
- Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD)
- Motown Museum
Where to Eat:
- Detroit Eater
- Hour Detroit Dining Guide
- Metro Times Food & Drink
- Midtown Detroit Inc
- Restaurants for every mood blogpost
History and Literature:
Transportation In and Around Detroit
DTW is a major international airport with flights from around the US and the world, and Wayne State University is just 20 miles away. There are taxis and shuttles available from the airport including the following: