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What Is So Great About Detroit?  
User currently offlineTriJetFan1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1128 posts, RR: 7
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1632 times:
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I was just wondering this.......I mean how do they get intl. flights, why do people from Tokyo want to go to Detroit?


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User currently offlineNWA744 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

Location...and the fact that while the city itself is a dump...the suburbs are great places to live with relatively low crime rates, lots of things to do, and big business nearby.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Detroit is awesome!
Northwest Airlines, auto industry, 4 seasons, low cost of living, close to Canada, girls with big butts, what more could you want in a big city?



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAviationwiz From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 962 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

Automobile Capital of the world pretty much.


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User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

Car industry....? Ford own a big chunk of Mazda. Japanese components go into US built cars.

User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1600 times:

But of course, the big draw to Detroit are The Lions!  Wink/being sarcastic  Innocent


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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

Well I have never been into Detroit but I have been around it. When we drove from and to Detroit airport, rather than driving through it, we drove around it. Now that is telling you something!!

User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

Detroit is still the 'auto capital' of the world, maybe even now more so with Ford and GM's ownership and partnerships with many overseas auto companies not to mention DaimlerChrysler. The dollar value of worldwide financial operations and decisions made in the greater Detroit area would stagger the uninitiated.

Also, associated experimental, testing and prototype as well as supplier headquarters facilities in the area are probably second to no other location. We had a saying at GM that with our resources, we could design from a clean sheet, build, fly to the moon and back within an 18-month time span (too bad we couldn't do a freaking car!) but that's beside the point. I will miss the overnight solutions to sometimes necessary custom-build stuff I occassionally get envolved in when I move down south. Detroit-proper as a city still sucks big time, but you can't beat the resources and expertise readiily available for most industrial ventures. Regards...Jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2965 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1584 times:

I am sure it's not the roads...


Where have all the tri-jets gone...
User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

No offense, cause parts of Texas can be real bad...but Detroit is one giant ghetto....

Avoid at all costs. It has never had the urban renewal that some of the rust belt cities have enjoyed.... Hopefully, this situation will reverse.

The fascination is the legacy US auto industry that is still located 'near' there. Other than that---it's just a big, poor, crime ridden city...


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1567 times:

Points well taken, Greg, except for one mistake.

The world headquarters of the world's largest auto company is ACTUALLY located in downtown Detroit in the Renaissance Center (that ironically Henry Ford built) on the Detroit River. Regards..Jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1554 times:

No offense, cause parts of Texas can be real bad...but Detroit is one giant ghetto....

Ah yes, nothing like a refreshing breath of ignorance from Greg. When was the last time you were in Detroit Greg? I've been there a few times over the past year, and its no different than any other city. It has its nice areas, and it has its bad areas/ghettos. The nice areas far out weigh the bad. Stop making opinions based on outdated stereotypes.


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1550 times:

Unless something has changed in the last three years...then my comments stand.

I was there for a conference for four days with hosts that were from Detroit--plenty of time to form an opinion that I DID NOT want to be there after they showed us around the area.

It's an opinion. Specifically, how is that ignorant?


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1545 times:

If in my opinion, 2 + 2 = 5, then my opinion would be ignorant.

As for around the area...what, did you circle around the ghetto a few times and call it a day?  Insane


User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1537 times:

Ive lived in Metro Detroit all my life (and was actually born within city limits). There are a few good things:

For starters, lazy police. Metro Detroiters drive incredibly fast and crazy. Its actually fun and nowhere else in the country have I done 85-90mph in a road train.. Only at home.

Vernors Ginger Ale

Sanders hot fudge sundaes

Euchre!!!

The suburbs are nice, Ive always lived in the suburbs of western wayne/southwestern oakland county and have lived a nice life.




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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1538 times:

Detroit has been economically degenerating for 30+ years. No huge surprise that a lot of folks don't like it---myself included. And yes...we spend quite a bit of time out of the city proper. Sorry, still not impressed. And I understand crime is outrageous as well.

If it's your cup of tea---good for you---visit all you want!

A lot of folks hate both Dallas and Houston---I love 'em. I was raised in Los Angeles and still have my family there----few cities evoke as much disdain as that--but it's likely my favorite city in the world.

To each, their own.....

Brdgs.



User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1535 times:

To each their own indeed. I mean I hate L.A. with a passion. I do however like Dallas and Houston. And I even used to live in Dallas, so I speak from actual knowledge. Hey, its all good though.

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

LA is an easy target...it's likely on us native Angelinos that have a soft spot for it!
If I could maintain the same standard of living in LA as in Texas..I'd be back in a heartbeat.


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

Well, as a Detroit ex-patriate (with family still living there), I can say with authority that most of the comments above are valid. The city of Detroit itself never really recovered from the late 1960's race riots, and then the first Arab oil crisis of the early 1970s.

Detroit is a real American city; heavily industrialized, but straining to switch to a services-based economic reality. The economic apartheid that distinguishes the inner city from the suburbs has been that way for decades. But the larger metro area is very affluent (Oakland county in particular, and the Grosse Pointes).

The best part of SE Michigan remains the people; among the friendliest and most welcoming of any place in the U.S. And Detroit is the best sports city in America, what with 4 icon franchises (two of which have won recent, multiple championships), Michigan and Michigan State football and basketball. Add to this the highest number of personal watercraft in the U.S. (besides south Florida).




Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Hey Trijetfan, what makes Cleveland so much more special than Detroit? Are you jelous that CLE has no flights to Tokyo, making your air traffic ERJ afer ERJ with a B1900 or 737 thrown in every hour?

I was born and have lived in the Detroit area all of my life. I love this area. And downtown Detroit is not bad. There really isn't anything more in downtown Cleveland than Detroit. Oh yeah, you might want to make sure your river isn't on fire.  Smile



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User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

What is so great about Detroit?....where else can you have gunfire ring out during a neighborhood block party....happened a few weeks ago....in Detroit.

I have made fun of Detroit quite a few times on this forum....in reality, I would not want to live anywhere else than Southeast Michigan. Detroit is making improvements...slow, I'll agree, and there is so much more to be done. Detroit will host the 2005 Major League All-Star game, the 2006 Super Bowl, and the 2009 NCAA Final Four (plus this years Ryder Cup golf championships in neighboring Birmingham).






Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....
User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (10 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

Today's a new day, its happenin' in Detroit
Youre feelin' OK, we're with you Detroit..
No holding back now, On the right track now..
Stand up and tell em youre from Detroit!

Just a memory from my childhood.



lol... Big grin

[Edited 2004-07-22 21:16:39]


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User currently offlineAIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 19 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Being from the suburbs, I would say the general SE lower Michigan region is a great place to live and parts of Detroit (non-ghetto) are nice also. A lot of work needs to be done in Detroit itself; however, don't overlook the rest of the region.

lazy police. Metro Detroiters drive incredibly fast and crazy. Its actually fun and nowhere else in the country have I done 85-90mph

Isn't that the truth... M-10/Lodge Freeway is a raceway!- posted is 55 mph, but we all know what the average speed is: at least 72-80 mph. Actually, today was a bit slow, on my way home from WSU, I was going about 68.

I-696 use to be really bad, but I noticed in the past few years it's starting to slow down to "near" posted speeds.  Big grin

Today's a new day, its happenin' in Detroit
Youre feelin' OK, we're with you Detroit..
No holding back now, On the right track now..
Stand up and tell em youre from Detroit!


Didn't WXYZ-7 air that song as a commercial for a while, back in the day?

[Edited 2004-07-22 23:06:51]

User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 months 7 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

"....., Michigan and Michigan State football and basketball."

Hey Stretch, I know you are talking about Southeast Michigan, but do people consider Lansing and Ann Arbor as part of the Detroit Metro Area?

" and the 2009 NCAA Final Four....."

Bob, is that going to be in The Palace or somewhere else? That would make a good excuse for a road trip!



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User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (10 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

Tiger; well. I've only made my livelyhood in the Detroit area for a few years (maybe 3 decades), and no, I, *we* don't consider Ann Arbor or Lansing part of the Detroit-proper community. Regards...Jack


all best; jack
25 Post contains images N312RC : My parents were Detroit born and raised and we now live in Novi, they tell out of towners that we live "about 30 minutes from Ann Arbor, MI". It's sad
26 ElectraBob : Tiger119 -- The 2009 Final Four will be played downtown at Ford Field...Michigan State played a basketball game there last fall and drew over 70,000 p
27 Dtwclipper : Well, where to start: Great housing prices, value for the dollar. 5 Million people in the metro area Oakland County, third wealthiest in the country T
28 Post contains images KBUF737 : From what my dad has had to say, he went to U of D, I've never been there. Detroit is a big Buffalo with lots more mfg for the auto industry. The peop
29 Post contains images KROC : First off, don't ever compare another city to Buffalo, unless that city is in Alabama, Mississippi, or Arkansas. Second, saying its a big Buffalo does
30 Yyz717 : DTW is a DC-9 mecca. Hence, a great city.
31 AIR757200 : don't consider Ann Arbor or Lansing part of the Detroit-proper community Your right, when people talk about the Metro Detroit region, it's usually ju
32 TriJetFan1 : "Hey Trijetfan, what makes Cleveland so much more special than Detroit? Are you jelous that CLE has no flights to Tokyo, making your air traffic ERJ a
33 N312RC : I consider the Metro Detroit Area to be Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, and Monroe Counties. People drive to work in Detroit everyday f
34 TriJetFan1 : Remember I am not putting Detroit down I was just wondering what attracted International people to there.
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