Watch: Destination Downriver -- a look at the push to reinvent the region

Join Local 4′s Christy McDonald for an extended look at how Wayne County’s Downriver region is going through a big makeover -- and what it could mean for the future of the community.

Watch the special in the video player above.

“Downriver has many hidden gems, and I’m so glad to see you shine a light on the best of this region!” -Michelle

Thanks for all the emails and social media posts listing all your loves and gems across Downriver. I’ve loved reading through them all. We all connect to our hometowns so much and it’s pretty cool to see the pride and exchange of ideas about places that make us uniquely Michiganders!

So here’s our viewer curated list of Downriver gems – enjoy! CM


  • Elizabeth Park – Trenton
  • Favorite access for kayaking - Gibraltar
  • Highlands Golf Course – Riverview
  • Huron River Water Trail – Flat Rock
  • Iron Belle Trail – Flat Rock
  • Heritage Park – Taylor

Lincoln Park:

  • La Finca


  • Serendipity Cakery & Ice Cream


  • Auburn Café

River Rouge:

  • Sugarr Donuts


  • Sabina’s Polish Restaurant
  • Jack’s Italian Bakery


  • Mom’s Restaurant
  • Promenade Artisan
  • Sibley Gardens Restaurant
  • Truago
  • Open Book Theatre


  • Arnolds Diner

Grosse Isle:

  • Lloyds


  • Baldo’s Italian Restaurant


  • Xtra Crafty crafting studio
  • Rhapsody Hungarian restaurant

Flat Rock:

  • Atwater Street Tacos
  • The Roc Restaurant
  • Old Town Bar
  • S & J’s Cupcakery
  • Michaels on the River
  • Kate’s Kitchen
  • Pipers


  • Taylor Dance and Ballet Americana


  • Rev’d Up Fun


  • Iron Gate
  • The Vault
  • RP McMurphys
  • The Waterfront
  • River’s Edge Gallery
  • Downriver Council for the Art

About the Author:

Christy McDonald is an Emmy-Award winning TV anchor and journalist who has covered news in Detroit and Michigan for 25 years before joining WDIV in 2022.