Detroit hate is dumb and everyone not from there is crapping on the city left and right without knowing of the many redeeming qualities this Midwest metropolis has to offer other than cars.
For fun I Googled "reasons Detroit is awesome" and the first entries that pop up are a cascade of articles titled "Detroit sucks", "Why Detroit is the worst" and "Detroit even sucks at being the worst."
Ouch. That touched a nerve for a gal who was raised by a cop and a nurse in the urban sprawl where the middle class was created. I reaped the benefits of Detroit's cultural offerings and diversity. I mean, clearly the city is deeply troubled but negative stereotypes and non-stop ridicule is starting to make it sound like Gary, Indiana and that place is a dump!
Here are 8 myths about Detroit that I'm a-gonna bust even if you won't catch me wearing a Lions jersey any time soon:
Myth: Men's Health just conducted a study and claimed Detroit was one of the angriest cities in the U.S.
Busted: Oh yeah, maybe you conducted this study before catching wind of the very funny and delightful news that $50,000 was raised to erect a statue of Robocop in downtown Detroit to attract tourism. Take your anger accusation and "Drop It."
Myth: Radioactive post-apocalyptic bums roam the streets battling one another with scrap metal.
Busted: Yeah there's a ton of poverty and homelessness in Detroit but there are also tons of stable families and awesome pockets of community with young vibrant entrepreneurs, artists and college kids living downtown.
Myth: There's nothing to do.
Busted: You can literally walk from clubs to sporting events on foot. Comerica Park on a warm, sunny day is pretty phenomenal and if you're itching to gamble casinos are close by. You can even hop across a bridge to Canada and start your drinking problem at age 19.
Myth: Kid Rock is the Detroit poster-child.
Busted: Detroit boasts an incredible musical history that was born with Motown Records. John Lee Hooker, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross are just some who helped pave the way for super stars like Eminem and The White Stripes. Aw shoot, Detroit went ahead and birthed techno music too!
Myth: There's no public transport.
Busted: It's called The People Mover, it's just, well, no one uses it. Families in Michigan typically have four cars even if they can't afford to make all of the payments, but technically it's there!
Myth: There's no food/cuisine of note.
Busted: They're called Coney Islands, people. Whether we are talking about 24-hour diners everywhere called Coney Islands or actual Detroit-style "coney dogs" which will make your head explode with deliciousness the grub is good and cheap. Eastern Market is a ritual. Greek and Polish food abounds and simply the best Middle-Eastern food is found in Detroit with the nation's largest Arab-American population residing in Dearborn.
Myth: Detroit has no cultural offerings.
Busted: There are world-class museums, schools and theaters. Diego Rivera's 27 breathtaking murals in the Detroit Institute of Art are a sight to behold as is the bright and political art of The Heidelberg Project.
Myth: Everyone has evacuated the city.
Busted: As a matter of fact the film and television industry has moved in while Michigan gives special tax breaks for movie makers. They create jobs and cast locals such as my dad and brother to run around in yet-to-be-titled Hugh Jackman films which, not ironically, used Detroit as it's post-apocalyptic setting. Take what you can get I say.
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