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I Live In Detroit.

Just 700,000 people can say the same. We comprise 1/455th of the US population (New York City is home to 1/38th).

I Live In Detroit.


Just 700,000 people can say the same. We comprise 1/455th of the US population (New York City is home to 1/38th).

I’m lucky enough to have traveled more than the average 23-year-old. And as any traveler knows, the first question asked when making friends in new places is “where are you from?” I’m always proud to say Detroit — not many of us can. But, it’s the reaction I get from people who have never been to Detroit that’s disheartening.

During a recent trip to Upstate New York, I met an incredibly bright and successful guy with a wicked cool resume. We had this unfortunate conversation:

Dude: Where are you from?
Jeannine: Detroit!
Dude: Do you like it?
Jeannine: I love it!
Dude: You’re the first person to ever say that.
Jeannine: Have you ever been to Detroit?
Dude: No…
Jeannine: Ok, then….

After a recent Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, things are only getting worse for Detroit’s less than stellar reputation.

The Daily Show made a great point: News stations send reporters to Afghanistan and they refuse to send them to Detroit.

“Live from the streets of Chicago, Detroit is filing for bankruptcy!”

People post photos like these:

copyright: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

Because it’s interesting, tragic, and confirms every stereotype they have ever heard about Detroit.

I take photos like these:

All photos were taken by me inside Detroit city limits.

Because it’s true. Detroit isn’t a post-apocalyptic world. It’s home to four sports teams, awesome food, world class museums, and the Big Three.

GM recently reported its best month since 2008. Ford recorded its best month since 2006. Chrysler’s sales have risen for 41 consecutive months.

I live in a nice high-rise with a pool, workout room, and tennis court. My office overlooks Comerica Park.

I don’t live on 8 Mile. I don’t see Eminem. I don’t carry a gun or a knife or mace. I don’t feel unsafe when I walk home after work. I’ve never been mugged, attacked, shot, or murdered.

But here’s the other side of the coin:

Copyright: New York, Robert Gauthier — Los Angeles Times,Alan Teller

We’re not the only ones.

So give Detroit a break and educate yourself before you participate in ruin porn, you’re missing out on the magic of Detroit and that’s a damn shame.