Post Number: 78
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 5:04 am: || |
If you get HIGH enough (or take the Detroit People Mover), you might see Windsor's coastline, according to this Detroit News article:
"Demand for the [People Mover], which completes a 2.9-mile loop every 13 or 14 minutes and boasts sweeping views of the city and Windsor coast, was so great during Super Bowl that visitors lined up outside Renaissance Center station for one and a half hours just to board, he said."
"Detroit's plan: Get Final Four fans talking, spending"
http://detnews.com/article/200 90326/BIZ/903260367/Detroit+s+ plan++Get+Final+Four+fans+talk ing++spending
Okay. So, maybe the Detroit River isn't really a river, after all. We accept that our fair "river" is actually a strait...perhaps, it is even something different. However, it is certainly not a sea. Therefore, "waterfront" or even the common, but erroneous "riverfront" would be acceptable - but "coast?"
Also, noteworthy is that our monorail is such a tourist attraction that there is the potential for people to wait over an hour in line for a ride. Our monorail has the demand of a roller coaster! That's just neat!
Post Number: 4332
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 5:28 am: || |
There is some debate over whether it is a true strait or not, because straits usually connect two bodies of water at the same elevation and that are basically the same body of water (think the Straits of Mackinaw).
But, it is most definitely a river, since it has a slight gradient, if even calling it a strait is ambiguous, so, it could definitely be called a riverfront. Yeah, but you're right about the fact that it's definitely not a coast.
Post Number: 851
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 6:21 am: || |
Coast just means shoreline. Shoreline means waters' edge.
Post Number: 1054
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 10:50 am: || |
coast: land alongside the sea; seashore
(source: Webster's Umpteenth Edition)
Post Number: 5437
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 11:05 am: || |
perhaps it's being used in the obsolete sense: the boundary or border of a country
Post Number: 3738
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 11:09 am: || |
They should have said shoreline, right? That would have been my choice. Maybe people are just too used to saying East Coast and West Coast and now "Third Coast." At this rate, within 25 years words will mean anything you want to, and it'll be a magical land with fairies and gumdrops!
Post Number: 1074
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 2:21 pm: || |
How would you define "fairies"?
(just kidding! - no response required)
Post Number: 95
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 2:59 pm: || |
I agree that "coast" can be used to describe the water's edge, but they used the term "monorail." This is incorrect.
Post Number: 1170
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 3:21 pm: || |
Detroitnerd, no need to be sooo littoral ...
Post Number: 697
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 4:20 pm: || |
I just call it a beautiful thing that has been hidden and abused.
Post Number: 538
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 4:52 pm: || |
Montrealers call their Mont-Royal "La montagne", "the mountain", when it is not in the same league as the Rockies. We have every right to call it a river.
Post Number: 2632
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 5:08 pm: || |
LMichigan, calling it the "Detroit River" is a contradiction in terms, since the french term "detroit" means "strait", or "by the straits".