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Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Calling it a “comeback city,” the New York Times has named Detroit in the Top 10 of its list of 52 Places to Go in 2017.

Published Wednesday, the list puts the Motor City at No. 9, followed by Tijuana, Mexico; Grand Teton National Park; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Botswana; Zermatt, Switzerland; Agra, India; Atacama Desert, Chile; and, at No. 1, Canada. Hamburg, Germany was listed at No. 10.

“Detroit’s revitalization, after its 2013 bankruptcy filing, has long been building,” writes Elaine Glusac. “In 2015, it was named a Unesco City of Design.” The New York Times cites the connection of downtown with the revived New Center area via the QLine as proof that “2017 may be the year promise becomes reality.”

The complimentary blurb also mentions Midtown, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the new Detroit Red Wings stadium and the Detroit Pistons’ return to downtown.

The New York Times is no stranger to Detroit. The city was the subject of a broad travel piece published last fall, and in April the newspaper gushed about Hazel Park restaurant Mabel Gray.

Grand Rapids placed No. 20 on the Times’ 2016 list of Places to Go, with mentions of Slows Bar-B-Q, ArtPrize, the craft beer scene and Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

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