- Posted June 17, 2012 by
nyc, New York
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City smackdown: Detroit
I am an ex-pat from this amazing place by no choice. You have to leave if you want to make any money.
I miss it like you miss your first love. People who don't know this life have no idea. I live in NYC and the bravado is funny to me. These people have no idea.
There is no hopping from finance to real estate. It doesn't exist unless you Hustle. Which is what you have to do. You think a NYU kid walks fast? Try seeing a guy from the D trying to make his rent. Or, buy formula before the store has to pull out the guns.
It's a no joke city full of people that know this struggle. And as a result, people show empathy. There is no other city where I am looking at a Rembrant next to a homeless guy and we can have a 30 minute conversation about it.
There is room in this town. Too much room. Room for people to do silly things. By this I mean the Nepotistic culture of the City Council. Martha Reeves? I love her music and have met her, but she has a vote on a city that
can encompass Manhattan, Atlanta and San Fran in sq. ft.?
This system is broken. Lose over a million off of you tax base and run a city. Not to mention the double dipping that is always available.
I like PA in general, I really do. Detroit created, caused and was the aftermath of this whole meltdown that caused many a NY'er to lose 200k off of their Co-Op. So sad
I was "In the Deep" as Adele said in this town when it went from bad to worse.
That being said, however, Detroit is a town where you make a genuine handshake, eat dinner at a friend of a friend's house, The food there is nothing to look down on. It's damn good. NYC is the sister city in so many ways. Just a hell of a lot cheaper.
I would move back in a heartbeat. It is called pure living. NYC is the billboard in Times Square, while The D is the sweat and tears that built it.
But, hey, somebody's getting paid.