Nicole Rupersburg -- July 2013
Detroit has its fair share of eccentric billionaires, but Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder of Quicken Loans Inc., is the one making the most positive waves. His company, Rock Ventures, has been steadily buying up numerous downtown buildings, from parking garages to historic skyscrapers (now over 30 in total), and making large investments in mixed use development and quality of life improvements for the nearly 10,000 people employed by his portfolio of companies who live and work downtown. Though Rock Ventures doesn't actually own Campus Martius Park, the urban green space located in the proverbial and physical center of downtown (on Detroit's origin point), employees of the company have been able to take advantage the parks features, such as the majestic Woodward Fountain, the Campus Martius "beach" and bar. It also has outdoor concerts and film screenings, the weekday food vendors, and a monthly weekend market through the summer. During the winter, Campus Martius displays a 60-foot Christmas tree towering over an ice skating rink. Fountain Bistro, located next to the fountain in the park, boasts some of the best seats in all of Detroit.
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