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Milwaukee
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Post Number: 1206
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 7:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi everyone,

I was in Detroit Thursday, Friday, and this morning. I had an amazing time, a lot has changed. I was in Detroit last April and we had an ok time. This trip was great! I wanted my parents to like Detroit, so I showed them Woodward Avenue, Palmer Woods, Sherwood Forest, The GP's, Belle Isle, Indian Village, Brush Park, and Woodbridge. We really covered just about everything. They were very impressed.

Brush Park was amazing with all the new construction. The Historical society was great and the DIA had an Ansel Adams exhibit, so that was great too. Palmer Woods was very impressive with great homes in the city. Belle Isle was looking great and Jefferson looked alright.

We went in to Delray and Southwest. That wasn't really nice at all. I was expecting a lot more, but there was a good number of new Mexican restaurants on Vernor. We went past the Galston and the Senate, both impressive.

Downtown was looking much better. The Book Cadillac looked great! There is still a ton to do downtown, but it is getting so much better. My dad and I took a night walk downtown. That wasn't the best idea, but we turned out alright. We accidentally went into Capitol Park. I was impressed with all the police though. It was very reassuring to see officers or a squad car on almost every corner.

Brush Park was amazing, all those old homes getting fixed up. I got a look at old slumpy, what a shame. I never knew that Brush Park and WSU were so close. I see Brush Park continuing to succeed.

Greektown was lively and had some good places to eat. We went to Jacoby's on Brush Street. That was great for some good old German food.

We stayed at the Millender Center. It was nice and clean and had a good location.

We got some Coney's this morning at Lafayette. They were great! I ordered one, but I wanted more, so I ordered three more with chili, mustard, and onions.

We went to Eastern Market this morning. It's great, it was just so exciting with all the people and stands.

Thanks for a good time Detroit. I'm glad my parents got a better look at how great a city it really is. Detroit still has some big problems to deal with, but its coming back.

(Message edited by milwaukee on April 14, 2007)
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 876
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 7:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Several but expected spelling errors:

-Millander Center= Millender Center
-Vernier= Vernor
-Del Ray= Delray (without the space)
-Palmer's Woods= Palmer Woods (without the apostrophe s)

Thank you for visiting and we glad you and your family had a nice time. Spread the word nationally and we hope to see you again soon!

(Message edited by Urbanize on April 14, 2007)
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Scs100
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Post Number: 853
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 7:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Good for you, Milwaukee. Glad you enjoyed your time here.

(Message edited by SCS100 on April 14, 2007)
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Jjaba
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Post Number: 5211
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 7:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

With Urbanize proofreading, your report is very optimistic.

There is a Vernier Road, an eastern extension of E. Eight Mile Rd beginning at Eastland Mall in Harper Woods, running into the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club on Lake St. Clair. jjaba does not think it features Mexican restaurants, however.

Vernor Highway, proudly Westside, affectionately is also called "Ginger Ale Highway." For example, when crossing Vernor by bus, the operator will call out "Next Stop, GINGER ALE HIGHWAY!"

Glad you and the 'rents enjoyed de-TROIT.

jjaba, Westside Bar Mitzvah Bukkor.
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 877
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 7:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Ok, stop correcting people every time they misspell something. It is getting really annoying."

Ok, don't bust a vessel over it, goodness.
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Kathinozarks
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Post Number: 363
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 7:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What a very nice letter to all of us! It is wonderful to know that you had a great time.

You didn't get to meet any of the DYer's did you? I'm guessing no, but thought I'd ask.

I want to visit D!!!!! Can you still taste the chili from your Coneys?:-)
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Bearinabox
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Post Number: 163
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 8:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Vernor Highway is proudly half-and-half, although I'm pretty sure the Westside still has a monopoly on the Mexican food.
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Dodgemain
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Post Number: 147
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Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 8:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The east side has more potential corn fields.
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Jimaz
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Post Number: 1896
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 8:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This thread belongs in the next newsletter. :-)
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Scs100
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Post Number: 854
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Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 8:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Without the first half of my comment. :-)
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Kathinozarks
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Post Number: 365
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 8:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Eastside cornfields? Man, if it could be done Detroit could be in on the alternative fuel source thing!
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Milwaukee
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Post Number: 1207
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 8:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks everyone.

The Coney's were great, the actual hot dog was the best. It had a great pop when you broke into the skin.

The west side is in much better shape than the east side, but the east side still had great parts. I loved Indian Village.

I'll make sure to tell my friends and neighbors that Detroit is a great city that's coming back.
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Rickinatlanta
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Post Number: 46
Registered: 07-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 9:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Milwaukee, glad yo experienced the same things I have over the past several vizits. Downtoun is really coming around. You know you can get the same dogs from the Dearborn Suasage Company online. Sorru for the speeelin.
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 882
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 9:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh Drrrroooll Rick, Drrrooll.
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Jjaba
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Post Number: 5218
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Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 9:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You can take the boy out the city, but you can't take the Coney out the boy.

jjaba, two on one, mustard, light onions, Vernors, chips, no fries at The Lafayette.
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Scs100
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Post Number: 858
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 9:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jjaba, not again. Last time you did that, I got incredibly hungry! :-)
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 883
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 9:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I prefer a Loose Burger from the American with Chips, oh and two Vernor's.

(Message edited by Urbanize on April 14, 2007)
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Rhymeswithrawk
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Post Number: 666
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 11:07 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for stopping by!
You're nice!
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Gsgeorge
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Post Number: 130
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 10:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Milwaukee, I hope you got a Vernors with your coneys.

Thanks for stopping in town and the kind words. There's plenty more to check out so stop by again soon.

Also, you putting any photos up on flickr?
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Chuckles
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Post Number: 101
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 10:49 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Milwaukee, next time you are in SW Detroit stop at
W.Vernor/Junction Ave at Duly's for your Coneys, they are a SW Deetroit legend...
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Kathinozarks
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Post Number: 375
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 10:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

AAAARRRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

I'm so jealous of you lucky Coney eaters. Please send Coneys to Kathinozarks!!!!

I have Vernors in my fridge just waiting!!!!
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Scs100
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Post Number: 870
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 10:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

For god's sake people, stop posting about coneys! I'm getting hungrier reading all of these coney posts! :-)

I think I need to run a Coney Island out of my kitchen now.
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Michmeister
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Post Number: 161
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 11:04 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Aw, Jeez, here we go again (growl). :-)
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Michmeister
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Post Number: 162
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 11:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That was my stomach. Please, no more Coney talk. My coney experiment was for the birds. There are just some things that you can`t/shouldn`t copy.
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Michigan
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Post Number: 28
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 12:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Milwaukee- sounds wonderful, especially the coneys. What were you doing in Detroit? Are you thinking of school there?
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Jjaba
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 3:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Two on one, one loose, chili cheese fries, lite onions, mustard on Coney, Vernors. Eat in.

jjaba, order like a Native or go hungry.
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Kenp
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Post Number: 415
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 4:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Friday I had the Bean soup,and loose burger. I sat at the counter and when asked what I wanted I turned and looked at the menu on the board. BIG NONO, I was snarled at. haha.
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Rocket_city
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Post Number: 211
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 5:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One should never feel threatened when walking downtown at night. Hopefully, that will change on the next visit. An outsider giving a self-guided tour is pretty impressive and commendable! Detroit isn't always easy to tour. :-)
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 5:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Come back soon. Things will keep getting better.
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Iheartthed
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Post Number: 620
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 6:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I could go for a Faygo Rock 'n Rye now...
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Milwaukee
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Post Number: 1212
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 9:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I looked at Cranbrook when I was in Detroit. I was very impressed by the campus, the museum was closed, so we didn't get to see the shrinking cities exhibit.

About downtown, walking during the day was just fine, night was kind of scary. The east side of downtown by Greektown was fine. Lower Woodward and by Capitol Park was where we felt kind of uneasy. There were car loads of people coming down to the clubs. The cars were sometimes driving dangerously or loudly. We heard quite a bit of swearing and got some bad looks, but its pretty wimpy to have bad thoughts about that. I expected that stuff and it doesn't bug me, but it can make you feel a little uncomfortable.

I do give quite a lot of credit to the police, they were everywhere. I did notice, everyone seemed very friendly. The police said hi, those parking lot guys were nice, everyone that wasn't involved with the clubs was very nice.

I love those Coney's. The supermarket down the block sells Vernor's, I bought some today. Now I have to get some of those Dearborn sausages, chili sauce, chopped onions, and mustard. It won't be the same, but maybe I can pull it off. :-)
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Kathinozarks
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 9:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Milwaukee, if you get the Coneys delivered to you; please, please post if it is as awesome as at Lafayette, ok? I just HAVE to know!!!!! You should order the package soon before I die from withdrawals. :-)

Your visit is making me so very homesick. Lucky duck!
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Rickinatlanta
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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 9:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've had the hot dogs and chili delivered to me from the Dearborn Sausage Company from their online site. REAL close to a good ol Detroit dog. The key is to cook the dogs on a flat griddle or pan. Do not boil or steam them. Including shipping, the cost for the dogs/chili is about $2.50 each.
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Kathinozarks
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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 11:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Rick! That's all I need to know. Coney party at my house, woo hoo!
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Michigan
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Post Number: 35
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Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 12:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

THis talk of coneys has prompted me to end my diet and order New York hot dogs for lunch. I know they are not coneys, but if I close my eyes and dream......
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Kville
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Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 6:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not everyone is negative about Detroit. Milwaukee, I appreciated your upbeat description of taking your family through the city. One of my coworkers (in NE Indiana) grew up in Detroit in the 40's. I had promised her I'd take her on a tour if she ever wanted to come up with me. She took me up on it & I got to take her & her husband and daughter on a tour of the east side where she lived. We went down Hendricks near Mt. Elliott, which has a lot of vacant lots now (and of course her old house was gone), but she was thrilled to see her old neighborhood school still there on Hunt St. and her old elementary school (St. Peter's Lutheran north of Gratiot) still there. The old Lutheran school is now housing another church & when we went by, they were having some sort of fund-raiser dinner. When she got out of the car to take pictures, one of the members came across the street to us & escorted her through the school. She still talks about that 2 years later. She understands that the neighborhood has changed from her childhood, but it was fun for her to retrace her steps & see it now. She was excited to see places like Eastern Market, Greektown, Belle Isle, etc. It's all a matter of one's perspective. I talk to too many former Detroiters who refuse to go back because they think they'll be murdered if they drive through the city - here was a woman in her 70's living in rural Indiana who lights up every time she remembers that visit.
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Buzzman0077
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Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 9:08 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When I dream pleasant dreams they come in shades of coneys.

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