It's not that simple. I wish it was, but it isn't. There are still some good things in Detroit-WSU, the DIA and other museums, the Red Wings, and downtown is looking better than it has in a couple of decades, with the reopening of the Book-Cadillac hotel and the commuter train (the station has been built, but the tracks haven't been laid down yet) we're supposed to be getting along Woodward AVE. There has always been a good music scene here, even though Barry Gordy stabbed us in the back when he moved Motown to LA. There are also still some nice parts of town, although now that the city employees don't have to live in the city anymore, the "copper valley" neighborhoods are no longer the middle class areas they were 10 years ago.
There are also still around 850, 000 people living there-old people who can't leave, young kids who have no choice, and people with churches and communities. I've thought that what was needed a long time ago, was an aggressive small business development program, but everyone kept pinning their hopes on the auto industry rebounding.
I could plan a trip for a conservative to Detroit, in which even he would have a good time. It's never been as dangerous as people think-it is if you are a black male under 40, but with a little caution, it's not that dangerous for the rest of us. Red Wings tickets are at an all-time low for a cup-holding team. The billboard I saw advertised 2 tickets, 2 hot dogs and two pops for $45. Out of all 4 teams, they're the one most likely to get another championship in the next 5 years.