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Eric
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Post Number: 236
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 35.8.141.112
Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 2:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Has any ever seen definitive information on just how often on average suburbanites come to Detroit?

Seeing all the changes in the downtown area had me wondering just often do these people really come to the city? If the averavge person hasn't been to the city in 3-5 years then they obviously have outdated views of the city

(Message edited by eric on December 05, 2005)
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Fnemecek
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Post Number: 1306
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 2:52 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If most of my suburban relatives are any indication, once every 20 years sounds about right. Oh, well - it's their loss. At least they don't bad mouth the place.
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Jt1
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 2:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

pretty hard to lump 4 million or so people into one group.

I know some in the burbs that will not set foot in the city. I also know some that donate money to the DIA, Max Fischer, etc as well as spend a lot of time and money in the city.
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Detroitwonk
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Post Number: 43
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 4:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This suburbanite tries to spend every possible dollar in the City. Including a plethora of dollars yesterday! :-)
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Silverbeauty
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 9:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We come down to the city every weekend. Both Friday and Saturday nights.

(Message edited by silverbeauty on December 05, 2005)
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One_shot
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Post Number: 258
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Posted From: 152.163.100.195
Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 3:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As of the past year at least once a month! Centaur is a cool place to relax and went to the tree lighting. Can't wait for the winterblast festival too.
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Everydayislikesunday
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Post Number: 124
Registered: 12-2004
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 4:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

technically, i'm a suburbanite, and I'm in the city 6 - 7 days per week. I also make it a point to give time and money to city based organizations.

however, i know people that I grew up with that it's damn near impossible to get them down to the city. People who when they come down to an event in the city, refuse to eat at a local restaurant, bc its "dangerous".

Also, Ive had some of the best random conversations in the city. People who appreciate diversity, and find beauty in the little things hold are fascinating to speak with.

i'm not dissing the suburbs, and everyones taste varies, but I tend to find the most appealing things in the city. Some of the best events (Noel Night, Dally In The Alley, Festival of Arts, etc), restaurants, book stores, and architecture can be found in the city. Hopefully the resurgence of our retail market is not far behind.


i apologize...it seems i've gone off on a little bit of a tangent...
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Ilovedetroit
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Post Number: 1793
Registered: 02-2005
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 4:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think young people are coming more often or at least the more adventureful ones. Overall I would say low - maybe 1/2 times a year.
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Jtw
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 4:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i'm a farmington suburbanite, and i'm in detroit at least twice a week for evening Chinese class at Wayne state, and i'm a mug club member at Atwater Brewery. Not to mention tigers games.....i love being in the city.

my mom is also a farmington suburbanite and is a member of the Gaelic league, so she's downtown about once a week.
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Jt1
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quote:

and i'm a mug club member at Atwater Brewery






quote:

my mom is also a farmington suburbanite and is a member of the Gaelic league,




Sounds like someone has a family that likes their drink. :-)
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Ray1936
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Post Number: 108
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Posted From: 207.200.116.134
Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 5:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Guess I'm more than a suburbanite, living in Las Vegas. But we get back to Detroit every summer, spending one week in Traverse City and one week with family in Livonia. But on every trip I make a couple of visits into the city limits.

A drive down the length of Grand River is usually on the itinerary, as well as a visit to our favorite rib joint, the Tunnel BBQ in Windsor. We'll take in a ball game if the Tigers are in town. Used to always stop at the Lindell AC for a beer and burger, but that's history now, sigh......

I'll love Detroit until the day I drop. If it wasn't for winter, I'd still be there. :-)
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Restoretheroar
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Post Number: 635
Registered: 07-2004
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 5:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Birmingham/Bloomfield area here and work in GP- Im downtown about 2 weekends a month; during the summer its more. I also try to spend as much money downtown - all things equal - I will shop there. Saturday was a great day for shop detroit- Pure Detroit, Mark England, and Spectacles snatched my moolah.
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Jt1
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Post Number: 6154
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Posted From: 198.208.251.23
Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 5:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ray - Try Slows this year if you want to change up gettting your rib fix.
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Super_d
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Post Number: 382
Registered: 08-2005
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 5:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The question should be, how much do they come down-town?__ cause they certainly don't frequent tha' hoods.

super d(motordetroit)
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Toolbox
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 6:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Enough that some here thought I actually live in Detroit.

I am in the city 5 days a week for work and another 1 to 3 times a week for dinner/drinks and breakfast, may be more depending on what is going on.

I will admit that I might not be hanging with Super_d at Bewick and Mack but I do get to many non-CBD areas during trips to the city.
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Super_d
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 6:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

'toolbox' I ain't no east-sider__ it's mo' like Dexter and Linwood.

West-siiiiiiiide!
super d(motordetroit)
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Ray1936
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Post Number: 109
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 6:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jt1 -- been hearing a lot about Slows on this forum. Marked on my "places to hit" sheet for next year. Thx for the tip.
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Hooha
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 7:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd say age is a big factor of how often suburbanites come downtown. A while back we celebrated a buddy of mine's birthday by taking him to Jacoby's. None of his friends had any problem going downtown, but his parents and older family didn't seem to enjoy themselves. They looked uncomfortable the whole time and kept asking things like "what's the allure of coming down here?" I think older people have set opinions about Detroit, whereas the younger generation wants to make up their own mind. For the most part.
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Benjamin
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Post Number: 108
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 7:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not certain testimonials by suburban forumers mean much. No offense intended, but everyone here ALREADY loves Detroit. Not exactly an unbiased sample.

Benjamin A. Vazquez, U.E.
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Eric
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Post Number: 237
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Posted on Monday, December 05, 2005 - 7:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There definately seems to be a generational split in attitudes toward Detroit.

I'd figure that most visits are for special events sports, auto show, etc I'd be really suprised if the metro average was over 2/yr
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The_nerd
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Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 1:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Now that I'm out of state the image of Detroit isn't nearly as bad, among the locals, like an average Warren/Livonia/Farmington citizen. Most don't give a crap about the suburbs and view the region as one and many wouldn't have a problem visiting. It's a sin and a shame that one holding the knife to stab you is your neighbor
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Broken_main
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Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2005 - 3:33 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think its time for the City to do a regional marketing campaign promoting the city and the downtown area... Something like..."It's time to come back home to Detroit" They really need to push it on TV, in the newspapers, and the push it through the midwest.

we have good things here in the D. Good People, good Fun, entertainment, casinos, etc. The only way people will know is if they start hearing about it. Advertisnig is the key!!!
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William_x
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Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 8:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

super_d I knew you was from my hood by your style,and how you know facts about our inner-city. Linwood/Davison in da house.woof woof who let the dogs out?
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Gistok
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Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2005 - 8:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good point Hooha (love that moniker!). It is partly generational, and partly "sophistication". The more cultured older suburbanites visit Detroit more often than those without cultural pretentions. The Detroit Opera House, Orchestra Hall, Music Hall, Fox and Gem/Century Theatres all get older more highly educated suburbanites downtown in droves (as well as Detroiters).

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