New York was last week’s post and this week’s is about Detroit. Before heading off to Michigan last Friday, I was conversing with a co-worker about our weekend plans. He said, “I’m sorry you’re going to Detroit this weekend.” My response was, “It really isn’t that bad!”
Sometimes I think Detroit has an unnecessarily bad reputation. But that may be that after visiting the area so many times and having a great tour guide, I can see past the negativity.
Here are some of my favorites about Detroit:
- Spend a day at the Detroit Zoo and be sure to check out the “Arctic Ring of Life”
- The battle between University of Michigan and Michigan State University
- Enjoy the Arabic food…I can taste the chicken shwarma and garlic paste now!
- The downtown skyline featuring beautiful art deco-buildings
- You rarely see a Toyota or Honda
- Listen to Motown music and let it take you back to a golden era in the music industry
- Go to Miller’s Bar for a burger and you won’t be disappointed
- The Riverwalk
- Walk, play in the park, wave to the people in Canada, be amazed by beautiful plants in a conservatory and learn about the shipping history, all at Belle Isle
- Pottery shops
- The free concerts at Hart Plaza
- Sweet vintage and thrift stores filled with treasures
- Little neighborhoods – like the Mexicantown with its deliciouso bakeries
- The Riverwalk
- The opportunity to remember what once was – Michigan Central Station
- Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church
So Detroit isn’t exactly like New York. And that’s ok. Detroit has its own story to share. And especially with the recent economic fall-out, it’s an important one to remember. John Rich sings it best,
“Cause in the real world they’re shutting Detroit down
While the boss man takes his bonus pay and jets out of town
And DC’s bailing out the bankers as the farmers auction ground
Yeah while they’re living it up on Wall Street in that New York City town
Here in the real world there shuttin’ Detroit down.
They’re shuttin’ Detroit down.”
Don’t be too quick to judge and to shut Detroit down.