I live in the United States' most racially polarized area... Metropolitan Detroit.
I live about 30 minutes from the city center (on a good day with little traffic and no road construction) in a city of 50,000 called "Novi" (named such because it was No. VI
or Number 6, the sixth stop on the train from Detroit to the Michigan capital, Lansing). When we first moved here (in 1987), most of
the roads were dirt and the town was.. well.. a town. Now its one of Oakland County's most booming areas and everyone wants to live here. We have some of the greatest shopping and attractions in the Metro area. I dont mind it but like KYIPpilot said, I wish downtown Detroit was more user friendly. Currently the only reasons I set foot into the City of Detroit is to either:
A) visit the Greektown area,
B) to pass through it on my way to Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
C) pick up my birth certificate or something with the government (I'll bet you all wish you had an official City of Detroit birth certificate that says "Coleman A. Young, MAYOR" on it!)
Just south of where I live there are two smaller towns, one named Northville, the other named Plymouth. They are also upmarket "booming" housing markets like Novi (where condominiums go for 500,000), but have retained their quaintness and beautiful little downtowns. Both are an excellent spot to spend weekend afternoons, especially Plymouth's town square park area, where theres always an open air concert or art fair going on.
The affulent western suburbs of Detroit in Northwestern Wayne and Southwestern Oakland counties are my stomping grounds and I like it here. It will always be home to me.
The only thing bad about Metro Detroit is the crappy roads!!! (potholes that can bend your rims if you hit them right)