Lens on Detroit: Downtown bustled with people, optimism Friday evening

Downtown Detroit was bursting with the energy of an awakened city Friday evening.

Tens of thousands of people waited in traffic jams for an Eminem concert at Comerica Park and a Lions preseason game at Ford Field. At Campus Martius, hundreds of people gathered for a jazz concert. New basketball courts installed this year were teeming with teenagers.

Two unrelated protests were held; a DJ pumped out music in Capitol Park; and people flocked to the waterfront.

All photos by Steve Neavling

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.