Did you catch the Dateline special on Detroit last night? If you did…this blog’s for you. If you didn’t, well, I wouldn’t mind if you ignored it in your TiVo.
As much as I want to deny it, I can’t. Chris Hanson’s Detroit is a reality for many. Crime. Poverty. Abandonment. Bad schools.
If that’s all you knew about Detroit, you’d think we were a lost cause. You’d watch the Dateline special, tsk at the sad state of affairs, and wonder how someone like me can handle it.
Oh, and you probably wouldn’t pick Detroit as your next vacation destination. So, thanks Chris, for that blow to tourism.
The problem with the Dateline special is that it showed one part of Detroit. A real part, but one part. And frankly, that part isn’t the Detroit I know. It’s not My Detroit.
My Detroit is filled with 20 and 30 somethings who are educated and experienced. Who want to make the city better than it was when they came.
My Detroit faces unemployment. My friends — those same educated, experienced young professionals — have stood in the unemployment line and wondered how they might pay their bills. And they’ve survived. They’ve branched out on their own or found new jobs, but they’ve done it in Southeast Michigan.
In my Detroit, people don’t move. They stay.
My Detroit is the biggest small town you’ll ever know. On an average walk down the street, I’ll run into neighbors who I call friends. Does your subdivision boast the same friendliness?
My Detroit focuses on the positive and respects the diversity. It gives back. It invests in the community.
My Detroit is about action, not inaction. DD’s best friend was an integral part of a movement to change the way city council is elected. After all of the corruption of our former mayor and the insanity that has been many of our council members, we could have just stood by and accepted it. Instead, he and an entire group of concerned citizens made change. Their proposal passed in the last election and if all continues to go smoothly, it will improve the way residents are represented.
My Detroit votes.
My Detroit is creative and entrepreneurial. With a 9-5 job, I often find myself in the minority when out in groups. Many friends have launched their own businesses, returned to school, or found other ventures that aren’t your typical day job.
My Detroit is diverse. It’s black, it’s white, it’s Indian, it’s Asian. It’s young.
My Detroit is an awesome vacation destination. It’s chock-full of fine dining restaurants, fabulous casino/hotels, museums, live theater, professional sports teams, and a recently named top urban park.
My Detroit has its problems, but it also has its bright spots. And I wish the Dateline crew would have focused just a bit more on the bright spots.
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