Once upon a time, the Cass Corridor was Detroit's arts hub, with proximity to Wayne State and the Cultural Center Historic District contributing to its bohemian appeal. But let's be honest, with the rise of Midtown — and the price of rent — those days are over. And that's not a bad thing: It just means artists need a new neighborhood. Affordable housing and a walkable community have made Hamtramck a destination for artists, with galleries like Popps Packing, Public Pool, the Atomic Cafe, and the 9338 Campau Gallery hosting top-notch shows. In recent years, the city has hosted both an annual studio crawl with the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival and its own music festival with the Hamtramck Music Festival. Plus, artists should be able to find plenty of inspiration in the city's myriad bars.
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