The Renaissance Center (RenCen) can be seen from just about anywhere in the city. Why is that?
It is easy to forget that Detroit as a big city is in reality a city and suburbs combined. The outer neighborhoods first functioned as suburban enclaves to retreat to after a day’s work in the inner city and increasingly suburban factories.
Of Detroit’s 419,882 buildings, the tallest is the RenCen stands at 73 stories.
With only 47 unique building heights including just 5 buildings reaching 40 stories or more, Detroit is a stout city. There are only 44 buildings in the 20 – 39 stories range. The vast majority of buildings in Detroit are below 2 stories tall (n=397,744).
The tallest buildings are located Downtown.