I chose (again) not to join the 1 million estimated fireworks revelers. I don't think I've been downtown for the event in almost a dozen years. I perceive exposure to too much other shit is quite a bit higher downtown than, say about a million maybe turning out for the Woodward Dream Cruise from the Detroit City limit to the Pontiac City limit along drag-racing famous Woodward Ave. Funny thing, though; my cop buddies tell me there are more serious "incidents" during the latter. I guess if there were no incidents at all during the fireworks, some folks would have been disappointed because there was no typical excuse to "Detroit-bash". Let's see....one goofball out of one million during a city-wide party. Not bad, I'd say. I hope none of you folks so judgemental aren't soccer fans
Anyhoo, the above is not to try and 'smooth out' the incident; I just wanted to offer a different perspective on perspectives, so to speak. Hey, I remember when the area was pretty damn nice, but it seems to have gotten on greased rails downward, and some of you may have noticed my previous mentionings that I'm bailing out shortly for warmer climes (and maybe less crimes?) a bit further down south. I'll miss some good folks I've met, but will in no way miss the city of Detroit.
BTW, again, for the geographically challenged, Chicago is the 'big city' on Lake Michigan (a Great Lake). Detroit and Windsor are on the Detroit River between Lake St Clair to the north (NOT a Great Lake) to Lake Erie to the south (a Great Lake). Regards...Jack