Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1826 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
KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1794 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 Stop making opinions based on outdated stereotypes.
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1778 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.
Stretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1758 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!!!
KYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1745 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.
"It starts when you're always afraid; You step out of line, the man come and take you away" -Buffalo Springfield
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1736 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.....
AIR757200 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1714 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.
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?
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1685 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: DTW is a DC-9 mecca. Hence, a great city.
: 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
: "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
: I consider the Metro Detroit Area to be Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, and Monroe Counties. People drive to work in Detroit everyday f
: Remember I am not putting Detroit down I was just wondering what attracted International people to there.