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    Posted June 14, 2012 by
    Royal Oak, Michigan
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    City smackdown: Detroit

    Detroit: It's the water

    In the state of Michigan, you're never more than six miles away from a body of water. In metro Detroit, there's the added bonus of being nestled against Lake St. Clair, the penultimate playground tucked in between the Detroit River and Lake Huron. From space, it looks like a heart -- or maybe like the "Like" icon from Facebook. From this water comes the best tap water in the world. I'd venture to guess that Detroit has the lowest percentage of household water purification systems in the country -- the water's that good. The water is our mother; it lulls us to sleep at night with its whisper. On the other side is a foreign country! How cool is that? Lake St. Clair is not a Great Lake; it's like it's our own, smaller, personal backyard lake with Belle Isle tucked in at its tip. Belle Isle's designer, Frederick Law Olmstead, considered it his crowning achievement. Yeah; he also designed some park in New York City. To sit at the northern end of Belle Isle and look out at Lake St. Clair is to experience one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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