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    Posted June 13, 2012 by
    detroit, Michigan
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    City smackdown: Detroit

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    Detroit - City Smackdown!


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Having to travel a lot for work, JohnMcGraw says he is in Detroit almost on a weekly basis. Adding that he also enjoys going to the city to just shoot photographs and hang out. "The city has been through a lot over the years, but there is a feel of determination in the air," he says. " I really love Greek town and going to a Thursday afternoon Tiger Baseball Game at Comerica Park."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    Detroit is of course famous for the big 3 automakers and Motown. They have been making cars for over 100 years, and countless hits for more than 50, but there is a lot more to the city than just that.

    The first time I came to Detroit I was 8 years old. My Parents took me to my first Tiger baseball game at the old Tiger Stadium on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. The Stadium is no longer there, but the field is, I drove by just last week and was happy to see kids playing on it.

    There are now 3 Casinos downtown for entertainment. You have the Tigers, Red Wings and Lions all within a mile of each other. The Pistons are just a quick 25-minute drive north in Auburn Hills. If you are hungry you can stop by Greek Town for a Gyro, or Mexican Town for a Burrito, Slows BBQ for a Pulled Pork Sandwich, or head over and pick between Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island. A family fight in the early 1900’s over ingredients divided two brothers so they opened Coney restaurants right next to each other. If you need an adult beverage there is the Detroit Beer Company, The Old Shillelagh or countless other places.

    After that you can go to the Fox Theater and see a concert or play, maybe go to Hart Plaza and look across the river to Canada. Step into the Detroit Institute of Art and see a huge Mural by Diego Rivera or their always-changing exhibits.

    As an adult I have really grown to love Detroit, and as a photographer it’s a wonderland, between the cityscapes, sports, concerts, or if you dare the abandoned buildings open up a whole new world of urban art.

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