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The Detroit metropolitan area, often referred to as Metro Detroit, is a major metropolitan area in the U. S. State of Michigan, consisting of the city of Detroit and its surrounding area. There are varied definitions of the area, including the official statistical areas designated by the Office of Management and Budget, a federal agency of the United States. Metro Detroit is known for its automotive heritage, arts, entertainment, popular music, and sports. The area includes a variety of natural landscapes, parks, and beaches, with a recreational coastline linking the Great Lakes. Metro Detroit is also one of the nation's largest metropolitan economies, with seventeen Fortune 500 companies.

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The Renaissance Center (also known as the GM Renaissance Center and nicknamed the RenCen) is a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, United States. Located on the International Riverfront, the Renaissance Center complex is owned by General Motors as its world headquarters. The central tower, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, is the second tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. It has been the tallest building in Michigan since it was erected in 1977.

John Portman was the principal architect for the original design. The first phase consisted of a five tower rosette rising from a common base. Four 39-story office towers surround the 73-story hotel rising from a square-shaped podium which includes a shopping center, restaurants, brokerage firms, and banks. The first phase officially opened in March 1977. Portman's design brought renewed attention to city architecture, since it resulted in construction of the world's tallest hotel at the time. Two additional 21-story office towers (known as Tower 500 and Tower 600) opened in 1981. This type of complex has been termed a city within a city.

In 2004, General Motors completed a US$500 million renovation of the Class-A center as its world headquarters, which it had purchased in 1996. The renovation included the addition of the five-story Wintergarden atrium, which provides access to the International Riverfront. Architects for the renovation included Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Gensler, SmithGroup, and Ghafari Associates. Work continued in and around the complex until 2005. Renaissance Center totals 5,552,000 square feet (515,800 m2) making it one of the world's largest commercial complexes.

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Anna Gordy Gaye is an American songwriter and composer, known as the elder sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and the first wife of soul legend Marvin Gaye, who used their troubled marriage as the focal point of his critically acclaimed 1978 effort, Here, My Dear, an album in which Gordy agreed to receive royalties on due to their divorce court proceedings.

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The Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Campus Martius
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Campus Martius Park is a re-established park in downtown Detroit, Michigan. After the fire of 1805, Campus Martius (from the Latin for Field of Mars, where Roman heroes walked) was the focal point of judge Augustus Woodward's plans to rebuild the city.

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Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan and the central city of the Metro Detroit area. A major port city on the Detroit River, it is most well known for its manufacturing of automobiles. It is just across the river from Windsor, Ontario.

Detroit was founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac as a fort, and its original name was Fort Ponchartrain du Detroit. The name was later shortened to Detroit during the French and Indian War. After the United States became a nation and Michigan Territory was established, Detroit became the capital of Michigan from 1805 to 1847. During the War of 1812, Detroit fell to the British in the Siege of Detroit, only to be returned after the war ended. Almost a century after this, the automobile industry expanded around Detroit, making it the automobile capital of the world.

Detroit is known for its skyscrapers, the tallest of which are the central tower of the Renaissance Center, One Detroit Center, and the Penobscot Building in the Detroit Financial District. It is also known for its architecture and National Historic Landmarks such as Cadillac Place, the Fisher Building, the Fox Theatre and the Guardian Building. The city is a renowned arts and entertainment center featuring the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra based at Orchestra Hall, and theatre in Detroit. Detroit is the largest city and metropolitan region in the United States to offer casino resorts which include Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit, and Motor City Casino. Professional sports, the Detroit Tigers - Major League Baseball, Detroit Lions - National Football League, Detroit Pistons - National Basketball Association, and the Detroit Red Wings - National Hockey League have brought it a reputation as a 'city of champions'.


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