Detroit, Michigan – August 2016
I guess a good subtitle for this post should be: “Dear Detroit: Sorry but we’re just not that into you”.
Detroit gets a pretty bad rap. Leading up to our visit, there were probably a half dozen folks who we told that Detroit was on our destination list and who then gave us an incredulous or inquisitive look of shock. We persevered on though because hey, you never know till you go! Not only that, but Detroit is often on some of the TV shows which we watch – Anthony Bourdain no reservations, House Hunters, etc. – and these shows always seem full of cool Detroit highlights and how many things are developing there.
Call it our traveler’s ego but we hoped that we could find these diamonds in the rough…
We thought maybe it would be like the other turnaround cities such as Berlin & Cleveland that once struggled but now exude a hip and bustling vibe with lively arts scenes and maybe a few rough edges which only seem contrast and enhance all the energetic life of the city.
We tried to enjoy the sprawling suburbs, find interest in the Michigan U-turn (necessary since there is rarely a legal left turn option), take on the fairly limited “local” cuisine, enjoy our “wild” nature hikes with the background noise of major highways and shooting ranges and glimpses through the trees of major trash landfills…
After all that we said, you know, maybe there is an awesome hidden layer to Detroit that a week-long visit can’t uncover. Why else would millions of people choose to live here.
It just didn’t happen. Maybe we didn’t try hard enough. Sorry Detroit.
Here were the limited highlights: