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6 reasons why Detroit stands out from other cities

I honestly have never been to Detroit, let alone Michigan, but I am slightly curious about it. Currently I reside on the other side of Lake Michigan but do have an interest in visiting Detroit at some point in the future, since it sits 281. 4 miles from Chicago, which is where I reside. My curiosity has led me to research it, plus ask 6 Quora users their standpoint on how it stands out from other cities, which they responded with.

1. Bobby U – “The inner city is growing rapidly. Detroit has had a hard past. However, what once was is now more and more new businesses, great food, and fun places to hang. Fowling, murder mystery dinners, breakfast at the Hudson Cafe… so many fun things are happening and it’s just starting to boom. Anywhere in the surrounding metro areas are filled with adventures also. Dancing and bars in Royal Oak, Long Farm apple orchard in Commerce Twp, and Kensington Metropark. If you are looking to relocate I advise renting in the metro areas like Novi, Wixom, Farmington, St.Clair Shores, Livonia, Canton, Westland areas. It’s a 15–25 min commute into the inner city but then you can learn the areas and settle down where your more comfortable.”

2. Edward C – “Depressed Hard times for Detroit and Flint citizens resulting from globalization. Greedy auto corporation owners and executives that literally stole taxpayers interest free funds during QE and president Obama. Disaster for the city services resulting from loss of taxes which impacts quality of life for all occupants, while the wealthy move onto greener pastures. Major melting pot of mid eastern immigrants due to poor economy and cost of living. Hugh number of diserted homes occupied by drug addicts and unemployed people.”

3. Kathleen S – “The most important aspect of things standing out for Detroit is their educational opportunities for the people who desire to achieve an education. Detroit’s urban areas of education in the City is not good at all for the children, but their undergraduate and graduate areas are a plus for anyone who seek to move forward in their life.

4. Cindy B – “For one thing, it’s huge! For another, whenever I have visited there (which admittedly, is not often), it’s dirty. Even the Detroit airport was grubby-looking. There has also been a level of corruption in public officials there, historically-speaking, that rivals Chicago’s… and badly reflects on Michigan as a whole. (It also affects Michigan’s votes during major elections.) As you can tell, I am not a big fan of Detroit.”

5. Laura L – “Detroit is coming back. What it is coming back to will make all the difference. It definitely has some great spots and great spirit. Whether or not a working class family. (Like people who built the city) will be able to afford it remains to be seen.”

6. Ronald A – “It’s not the city it’s the people. A true Detroiter is a survivor. Your not going to become a Detroiter unless you have been both at the top and at the bottom. It’s not all smiles and dreams here. It’s beyond that. It’s the grit in your teeth when your broke down on the side of the road with no money on Christmas and have to walk home and at the same time it’s standing tall when your dancing in the streets with your favorite artist playing on stage at a festival with your friends and family. It’s a balance of good times and bad times. When you have been knocked down so many times when you get that moment of grandeur it is that much sweeter. Detroiters don’t give up.”

“There are cities that get by on their good looks, offer climate and scenery, views of mountains or oceans, rockbound or with palm trees. And there are cities like Detroit that have to work for a living.” – Elmore Leonard

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Written by Thomas Gouard

I'm a military veteran, a Direct Support Professional for adults with disabilities, and a college student pursuing a career as a substance abuse counselor. Outside of that I'm a runner, cyclist, blogger, writer, and fashion lover. I fell in love with writing during my second semester of college, and have found joy's in expressing myself with it.


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  1. Thanks for sharing. My relatives used to live in the suburbs just outside of Detroit. They had a lovely home and surroundings. This was in the early 1970s and the downtown area was really run down. While visiting we were told that my cousins work in Detroit but after work, the area clears out and it is best not to be found there at night. They took us one Saturday to a Farmer’s Market and while the market was full the surrounding streets were rather empty. So if people can once again live in Detroit and not just the suburbs then I say that is a good thing.

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