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Bigdiesel07
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 1:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is it the Riverfront? Is it the Downtown area? Belle Isle? Or is it the spirited and enlightened citizens that are the best part of Detroit?

I believe it is a combination of all of those.
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Exmotowner
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I say now its the casinos. Without them Detroit would be in the crapper for sure.

Of course there has to be mention of all the rich neighborhoods. i.e. Palmer woods, Indian village etc.
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Professorscott
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Actually if I'm going to hang out in Detroit I like three areas: the West Vernor area around, say, Junction or Springwells, the Eastern Market, and the neighborhood just north of U of D.

The casinos, feh. You can keep them.

The east riverfront is getting nicer; wait three years and that'll make my list. Belle Isle no longer exists for us bus passengers.
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401don
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My best part of Detroit disappeared 25 yrs ago-but wait until October and it will be back!
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Alley
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I like the 4th Street fair area, Eastern Market, Belle Isle, Campus Martius park (in Winter), the Heidelberg Project, the riverwalk, and Hart Plaza (for the festivals)...plus a hundred other things, off the top of my head

(Message edited by alley on April 25, 2008)
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Craig
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sign: "You are leaving Detroit; please come again!"

Ha. Only joking.

WUS and the immediate area are my pick.
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 3:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

To hard too decide, but I like walking through the Financial District and Merchant's Row because it's where Detroit resembles a big city the most.
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 3:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Memories of today and the future.
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Detroitmaybe
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 3:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The people for sure!
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French777
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 4:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Riverfront!
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 5:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

East English Village, Indian Village, 8 Mile/Gratiot. Let's get some eastside love in here. :-)
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 5:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Corner of Sproat and Park. :-)
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 5:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

The people for sure!



There are some parts of people I've seen in the city that I would not say are good. :-)
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 7:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Heidelberg Project
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Spacemonkey
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 7:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I like the area around Cass and Temple.
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Downriviera
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 7:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It used to be the warehouse area on the river, Franklin Street Brewing Company, Woodbridge Tavern, Sardine Bar, etc.
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Smogboy
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 11:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm thinking Midtown especially around Noel Night, Campus Martius around Winter Blast or the Comerica TasteFest. The best parts about all of that is there are so many happy people wandering about. It's just a fun festive time for all.
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Detmuscle
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Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 11:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Downtown/Corktown/Indian Village/Palmer Woods/Belle Isle
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Cmyk
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 12:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Walking home from the baseball game tonight there was a couple from France standing at the corner of Woodward and Warren. They asked me for directions to Ferry street. The man spoke no english and the woman spoke very little english so I felt obligated to deliver them to the Inn. We tried to make conversation but I could tell they didn't understand me. When we parted she said that Detroiters are much friendlier than Parisians. My favorite part about detroit is not knowing who you will meet on the street.
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Jrvass
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 1:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cmyk,

You make for a great ambassador for Detroit!

Detroiters are the best.
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Dtowncitylover
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 2:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Your so lucky Cmyk. I speak French and would have loved to meet them. I met a French guy, names Bruno Legrand @ the Belle Isle beach last summer. He told me he loved the Detroit skyline from the BI beach, to which I agree. I think the bridge to Belle Isle looks like it came from Europe!
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Spaceboykelly
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 6:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My bedroom.
Cass corridor!
Southwest
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Hpgrmln
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 7:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rencen Riverwalk. If nothing else, its still my particular favorite. You look across some water at tall buildings and some houses. Then you realize its not a different city, county, or even state, but a different COUNTRY.Im always mezmerized by that. The area right by the Rencen is one of the closest points to Windsor, and its right there near their downtown skyline.
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French777
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 7:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would have Loved to meet that French Couple!

People From the D are the Best!
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Paulmcall
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 1:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rosedale Park
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Bigdiesel07
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That is so cool you talked to that French couple and made a good lasting impression on them about Detroit.

Most people are unaware of the greatness that Detroit possesses when you flip on CNN or MSNBC. They just like to mostly point out the high unemployment rate or a high crime rate.

The best thing about Detroit is the people who make Detroit look good.
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Ravine
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 8:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My best part of Detroit:

Very shortly after the birth of my first child, in January of 1982, Detroit was buried by a major snowstorm. My wife and son were staying at her parents' house, for a few weeks, so her mother could look after them while I continued working, etc. That house is about three miles from ours.

One evening, I set out, in a Plymouth Arrow, to drive over there to see them. The trip was not absolutely necessary, and I admit that it was a bad idea.

The point is that I "got stuck" REPEATEDLY, and each time it happened, folks who were out on the street shoveling themselves, and others, out were kind & gracious enough to take a few minutes to assist me. Nobody was looking for payment, nobody seemed to care about my skin color, and I will never forget that night. It seemed like the streets were teeming with angels doing what angels do.

Folks can believe what they choose to believe, and say what they want to say, but I am here to tell you, that little story took place right here in the NW side of Detroit. Yes. Right here in Detroit.
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Smogboy
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 8:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It seems as though wherever good Detroiters seem to congregate is where Detroit's at its best. Whether it's pushing Ravine out (sounds redundant!) or where people go to party, it's a good thing.
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Ravine
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 8:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah! Fortunately, that scene didn't follow a Tigers' World Series victory.

It would have been a bummer, if after freeing my car, they tipped it over.

(Message edited by ravine on April 26, 2008)
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Parkguy
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Every year we have a 60-block (and more) yardsale in Rosedale Park, and every year I finish the day with a smile on my face because of the thousands of wonderful people who pass my house, stop to chat, do a little bargaining, and to enjoy the day. It always reminds me how great this city is.
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Eriedearie
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 9:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When I read the title of the thread the first thing that popped into my head was the heart of the people of Detroit. I see that many of you feel the same. It's like we know we're all in this together - so let's make it work together!

Detroit IS MY kinda town, because of its people!
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Ravine
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That's the funny thing. The question may have been posed with locations, or something else, in mind, and even looking at the question in a broad, totally open-ended way, I would not have anticipated that my answer would ever be "the people," but ironically enough, I guess it kind of IS "the people."

Huh. I'll be danged.
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Upinthewoods
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Heading north and seeing M-102 in the rearview:-)
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Vetalalumni
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Rosedale Park, Boston-Edison, Palmer Park, Green Acres, and other well maintained areas with older brick homes and detached two-car garages.
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Retroit
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Posted on Monday, April 28, 2008 - 10:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Some of my favorite bests:
1. Belle Isle, especially Scott Fountain (before the Grand Prix parking lot!)
2. Wayne County Building
3. Soldiers and Sailers Monument
4. The old churches
5. The old movie "palaces"
Gee, I guess anything built before about 1930.

The people, feh. You can keep them. (Joke!)

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