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Old 04-13-2012, 06:39 AM   #1
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So I'm at the Round Up this morning and don't have time for a typical post. As such, I decided to end my week long focus on Detroit with some footage that is even further off topic than my last. In 2010, my boy Johnny Knoxville decided to go to Detro...

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:54 AM   #2
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Thanks for the focus, hopefully some people get a different impression of how it is in this area. Yea, we have some problems (ok a lot of problems) but we keep going and you just can't let it get to you. I've always lived here, in the city a bit and mostly in the suburbs. The people and history here are strong and positive, that's why I've stayed. Seeing things like this makes you feel good. Thanks again Ryan.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
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There are actaully quite a few small businesses, restuarantes, cafes, coffee houses and shops that have been coming up strong in the last few years in detroit. I used to live in the city, now i'm down there atleast 2-3 a week (aside from being there twice a week for work). I strongly urge anyone local to go and take some time to peep some of the spots. It's not quite as "dire, doom/gloom bring a gun and watch your back" as some would think. Just gotta excersize common sense.

Not to be totally off track.... which this thread is anyway, but a few spots that I personally dig as of late:

Astro Coffee (Good Coffee bar: Corktown)
Sugar House (Craft Cocktails that'll knock you on your ass: Corktown)
Mercury Bar (Killer Burgers to the face, good beer selection: Corktown)
Germack Coffee (or Eastern Market as a whole on Saturday mornings)
Bronx Bar (Good hole in the wall for a shot and a beer...Back in the day, you could even get your hair cut...which is always a regretable descision after heavy drinkin: Cass Corridor)
City Bird (Detroit-centric shop that supports local/MI artists and designers: Cass Corridor)
Motor City Brewery (Ghetto Blaster. Need I say more? Cass Corridor)

There's also a few blogs and sites like Project D, and Thrillest: Detroit that highlight new spots as they open.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:48 AM   #4
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Although I was from Windsor (across the river from Detroit), I still love that city. We spent our time there going to some of the coolest bars ever. The Roostertail, the Rhinosoraus Club, the Post Bar. Nothing like it!
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:43 AM   #5
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I love the city, like any urban area it has it's good and bad. Ryan, you should come to autorama next year and check it out for yourself. Hit the Henry Ford and check out the Goldenrod, sneak you in to see whats left of the Highland Park Plant........
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:55 AM   #6
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I have a good friend that spent many years in the music business in Detroit. The economy changed and now he's a contractor returning some of those old buildings to their former glory. I believe in him, and I believe in Detroit.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:30 AM   #7
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Detroit.... No city has more character. I love it there.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:37 AM   #8
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Cool little documentary I go downtown for ball games and things its not a bad place. The thing I though was funny was Johnny Knoxville telling those two in that theater to be careful he actually seemed hesitant. Just made me laugh.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:41 AM   #9
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It's lunchtime,so I watched all of the videos. Boy,that is really encouraging...looks like the city has more promise than I thought.

I love the feeling of small,unique business moving in to some of those old factories and warehouses. Looks like quite a few people have the right idea,I'm pulling for them.

I think my kids generation (they're 16 and 22) could do a lot of good for Detroit. Thanks for posting this Ryan.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:22 PM   #10
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Another vote for Motor City Brewery!
How about the Majestic?
Polish Village!
Der Rathskeller (Dakota Inn)!
Lots to do in the D.
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Old 04-13-2012, 12:38 PM   #11
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Really cool, thanks for posting that.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:07 PM   #12
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With the right people in charge,Detroit can come back bigger and better.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:11 PM   #13
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Thanks Ryan!

I'll say the one thing I always tell everyone. If you're from Detroit, you can talk shit about Detroit and all of its problems. But if you're from anywhere but here, and you talk shit about our city, you'll get your ass kicked.

That statement just about sums up our whole attitude here for just about everything. We welcome outsiders with open arms as long as they keep their mouths shut and learn what we're really like.

I hate my city. I love my city. I'm from Detroit.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:16 PM   #14
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Another vote for Motor City Brewery!
How about the Majestic?
Polish Village!
Der Rathskeller (Dakota Inn)!
Lots to do in the D.
Only the fearless among us will actually go to the Dakota Inn. Being mostly German, I love that place!
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:19 PM   #15
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Awesome. I've been all over the country but have lived here my entire life and have never found a reason to leave.
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:21 PM   #16
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Although I was from Windsor (across the river from Detroit), I still love that city. We spent our time there going to some of the coolest bars ever. The Roostertail, the Rhinosoraus Club, the Post Bar. Nothing like it!
Windsor is the reason that when kids turn 21 in Detroit all they get is a shorter drive to the bar
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:31 PM   #17
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Thanks for the focus, hopefully some people get a different impression of how it is in this area. Yea, we have some problems (ok a lot of problems) but we keep going and you just can't let it get to you. I've always lived here, in the city a bit and mostly in the suburbs. The people and history here are strong and positive, that's why I've stayed. Seeing things like this makes you feel good. Thanks again Ryan.

Here, here...It's my roots, Hail to the big "D"

Thanks Ryan for a little positive light.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:52 PM   #18
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Since my son started college at GMI in the mid 90's, I have traveled to the Detroit and surrounding areas a few times each year (and as recent as last week). He ended up settling there and currently works as an engineer for GM. I will say I have seen some pretty depressing areas around Flint and in Detroit itself. I have also seen the progress and positive transformation downtown over the years.
When I look around even in my own home town I see things that are upsetting. Changes in neighborhoods that were once full of growing families are now becoming rows of cheap rental houses, drug and crime zones. Maybe I sound like an old MF biggot but this entitlement society we seem to be creating is in my mind a big cause of problems this nations cities are facing.
I think Detroit is still a great city rich in both good and some bad history. My hope is that those who do live there are wise enough to know what the next chapter of their history should be and have the pride and commitment to make it happen.
An interesting historical fact I learned over the years involves those who moved west and settled in areas around Detroit. It turned out many of them were from the north east areas near where I live in New York. Areas that are similar in climate and landscape. When they settled in Michigan they used the names of communities that they had lived in back east. Where my son lives is very much like upstate New York. If a storm is coming I can even call him and usually get an accurate 8 to 12 hour warning.
You won't hear any trash talk about the Motorcity from me. In it's own way it remains very interesting and I look forward to enjoying what it has to offer for many years to come.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:17 PM   #19
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After 62 years in & around Detroit I got out. I wish all the best to those who remain but until we repeal NAFTA i'm pessamistic.
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