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    Posted June 14, 2012 by
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    City smackdown: Detroit

    I love this City

    Detroit is more than crime and urban decay. It is art and philanthropy and enterprise and community. I have made it a personal mission to get out of my comfy suburban existence and see more of what makes this city so great. Take a walk on the river front and you'll see the many cultures that represent what this area is all about. A stroll through Hart Plaza with its many sculptures shows the city's "heart". A walk across the street and you'll see the spirit of Detroit.

    A short ride away and you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of Eastern Market - and once again be bathed in the culture of this city. A jaunt around the corner and you reach the Heidelberg Project - just talk to some of the people around on any day and they'll tell you what the project is all about. Take a bike ride on a Saturday around Belle Isle. And speaking of urban decay.... just check out the Packard Plant. It has become a haven of street art - famed street artist Banksy once left his mark there.

    Lets not forget out sports teams - The Red Wings, Tigers and Lions all play right downtown. And since we're at a game... lets have some dinner. How about a delicious Schwarma from Bucharest in the Park Bar (incidentally, one of my personal favorite places to go after a game or concert.) Head down to Slows for the best barbeque in Michigan. We have great concerts, great venues, and amazing local talent, too.

    When I moved to this area from the little city, I had all of the same misconceptions that you hear about. Just give it a chance and you'll find that the city has so much more to offer than crime and fear.
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