Detroit

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    Mar 05, 2013 6:53 AM GMT
    Tell me about Detroit. Is it really as bad as it seems?

    I just read that Detroit may be the largest city ever to be placed under state government control because of city mismanagement.

    It almost seems like a third world city. Which city is next? Buffalo?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286878/Detroit-declares-fiscal-emergency-Michigan-prepares-control-city.html
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:41 AM GMT
    Haha Detroit isn't as awful as those may think. My ex lives there so I spent a lot of time there and in Michigan as a whole.

    Michigan is an amazing state, beautiful all over. It's all statistics about what city is the worst ever and such but really...every city has it's parts. Of course you don't want to go wandering down michigan avenue at 2 am for no good reason or other areas. But overall, not a bad place at all.

    There is a HUGE middle eastern population there- Not sure if you have ever explored their food (I went to school for culinary so i'm into that type of thing), but holy hell! It's amazing...by far one of my favorite styles of food. Arabic, Lebanese, etc...so good. lol

    And ironically enough, I live in Buffalo haha. So my relationship was long distance (4 hours through canada). Buffalo is the 'city of good neighbors' I can't see it taking a terrible turn. But of course, as I said earlier...every city has its rough parts. I know where to avoid and when.

    But give Detroit a shot some time if you're curious! icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:53 AM GMT
    No, its not that bad! Like every city it has a variety of neighborhoods. It does have its issues all linked to the collapse of its manufacturing industry. The inner city/downtown is blighted, most of the money is in the suburbs, but that happens in LA too. There are still pockets of culture and pride.

    It's about to come back...I feel in about a decade or so. Tons of building competitions use it as a site, and every architect seems to have a "cool" project there right now. Like its the new Brooklyn. Because it used to be so huge, the facilities and infrastructure are already there - they are just trying to readjust their economy.
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    Not that i don't appreciate ithinku's enthusiasm, but if you do decide to go exploring detroit - do be careful. It IS as bad as you hear - in certain places.

    Can't tell you how many times I've driven down detroit and saw someone doing something illegal. I remember once watching while two guys busted into a car parked on the street, grabbed something, and ran off. It can get pretty fucked up.

    That said, Detroit has some amazing places to see too - downtown is gorgeous. Just don't get stuck on your own and don't leave the big streets cause it gets bad.

    Also remember detroit is HUGE. It's not all the same all over.
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    Mar 08, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
    Cobalt saidNot that i don't appreciate ithinku's enthusiasm, but if you do decide to go exploring detroit - do be careful. It IS as bad as you hear - in certain places.

    Can't tell you how many times I've driven down detroit and saw someone doing something illegal. I remember once watching while two guys busted into a car parked on the street, grabbed something, and ran off. It can get pretty fucked up.

    That said, Detroit has some amazing places to see too - downtown is gorgeous. Just don't get stuck on your own and don't leave the big streets cause it gets bad.

    Also remember detroit is HUGE. It's not all the same all over.




    Yes yes, be careful of course!! Always when in a city that you're not familiar with. (not knowing where to avoid and such) I personally prefer Ann Arbor over the D.
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    Mar 08, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    I love visiting Detroit a few times a year to see friends and family.

    Detroit is a very cool city in my opinion. Has it fallen on VERY HARD times since the 1960's? Yes. But it has a lot of character and a unique charm that other cities don't.

    Contrary to popular opinion, Detroit DOES have some nice neighborhoods such as Indian Village (Vernor Highway and Burns Street); New Center (Woodward Avenue and Grand Boulevard); Palmer Woods (Woodward Avenue and Seven Mile Road); East English Village (Warren Avenue and Cadieux Road); Sherwood Forest (Livernois Avenue and Outer Drive); Rosedale Park (Grand River Avenue and Outer Drive); and the downtown core/area.

    If you are planning on going to Detroit, be sure to take a drive on Outer Drive, which bisects just about every imaginable aspect of Detroit.

    To me, Detroit is a city that represents America and is a city in which everything has happened and anything is possible.

    But do keep in mind as I have both a background and interest in geography and cities and urban planning, Detroit holds a special appeal for people like me.

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    Mar 08, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
  • WhoDey

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    Mar 08, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    It's not like it's Baghdad or anything. If you are thinking about going, just go
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    Mar 08, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    Been only to nice places of Detroit but being a Canadian and crossing the border, there is a stark difference.
  • MadeinMich

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    Mar 08, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    As the first person to respond to this post who actually lives here and grew up here.

    It is a fucking shithole and the armpit of the U.S.

    Don't be fooled by any optimistic talks of a recovery. If it does happen it is a far ways off. That sense of optimism is what encouraged me to move back initially. Now I am clammering to find a way out. Most people who give Detroit praise are people who have the luxury of a transient experience with Detroit.


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  • thegaymessiah

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    Mar 08, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    There's definitely a tension in the air.

    All areas are unsafeish kinda. Ann Arbor has great liberal views but they have a lot of sex offenders and rapists and stuff.

    There are people who hurt others everywhere you go unfortunately. The world is a cold cruel place and so that's why i try to cherish love & kindness wherever I find it. icon_razz.gif

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    Mar 08, 2013 11:05 AM GMT
    Downtown isn't scary at all. You can be downtown at basically any hr of the day/ night and you will be fine. Ive seen locals( read this as 20-40 somethings that work downtown) riding their bikes/ walking dogs etc at 2am etc. Some of the neighborhoods are " BAD" and some have multi million dollar houses. Its like any city( god and bad parts). In the last 4 years there's always a new building going up downtown/ an old one being renovated etc. Brodrick tower just finished its reno to apartments and the David Whitney building will be starting work to convert it into a Hotel this spring. I welcome the state take over because the city gov that's been in place for years is corrupt and needs to be dismantled there. ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL of the investments/ renovations etc are being done by private means. COBO Hall started to turn a profit and now is getting a huge reno.............and this happened after the city took its hands off of it............. when Belle isle is made into a state/ metropark, it too will get much needed reno's.


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    Mar 08, 2013 11:11 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidTell me about Detroit. Is it really as bad as it seems?

    I just read that Detroit may be the largest city ever to be placed under state government control because of city mismanagement.

    It almost seems like a third world city. Which city is next? Buffalo?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286878/Detroit-declares-fiscal-emergency-Michigan-prepares-control-city.html


    Dude why the fuck do you read the daily mail? Anyways ive been to Detroit and Buffalo and I can assure you Buffalo is many many times worse and much more dangerous.
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    Mar 08, 2013 11:35 AM GMT
    I've lived south of the city my entire life. Spend alot of time in the city. The city it self is huge. Unfortunatelty corrupt politicians have slowed the cities come back. The Waterfront , New center area, and Midtown areas have been updated first. We still have a long way go but new developments are being announced almost weekly. I beleive that in the next ten years Detroit will be a city to see. Every city has crime and blight. We just seem to get more press over it. The city has a rich history and has many scars from America's struggles with race and equality. Im proud to be here.