Detroit's casino's were originally intended to be built on the riverfront. Their temporary locations inland became permanent, leaving more blight but opening the possibility for public use of the riverfront.

The RiverWalk is a plan to develop 5.5 miles of public paths and parks along the riverfront, from the Ambassador Bridge to the MacArthur Bridge at Belle Isle. As of 2011, a path stretched from the Renaissance Center to Gabriel Richard Park. The William G. Milliken State Park was opened in 2010, and the Dequindre Cut connects the riverfront to Eastern Market.

The driving force behind the RiverWalk is the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, which coordinates development and maintenance.

The Omni Hotel along the riverfront closed in October 2010 and was bought in November. It re-opened in April 2011 as the Roberts Riverwalk Hotel & Residence.

Port Detroit is a $22-M taxpayer-subsidized dock. It opens in 2011. As of May 2011, it had booked one cruise ship as a client.

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Detroit riverfront rebirth takes shape but much work remains. Detroit News, 19 May 2011.