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Detroit vs. Chicago: A Clear Winner

An Open Letter to the Residents of Chicago:

Hello, Windy City. I am inviting all of you to leave that normally lovely nirvana known as Chicago and move to Detroit.

Why? How about this: My city doesn't charge $50 for an expired parking meter. My family was THREE minutes late, and we earned this unbelievable high fee for violating your fair streets. My apologies, Chicago, but that's outrageous. My in-laws may love you, but I'm a little irked.

If you'll allow me to speak on behalf of Detroit, I'll give you a few reasons why you should move to the D. Our rush hour is really an hour, not 24/7. We have real UM and MSU bars, not replicas. We have the original Coney dog, not replicas. For the price of a small, narrow condo with no yard or garage in your city, you could get a mansion anywhere from downtown Detroit to Birmingham to Grosse Pointe Shores. Hell, I'll even park your car at night if you make the move. And our parking tickets cost a measly $5. Granted, the job situation isn't the best. But we're working on it.

Love, Karen

P.S. Jump to the break for some Links of the Week.

--The New York Times adds its two cents to the “ruin porn” debate and does a feature on Design 99, the famous (or infamous) project that got publicity for its $100 house purchase. The article says and comments on a lot more, including the Heidelberg Project.

--Model D jumps in on another Mitch Cope and Gina Reichert project, this time in Hamtramck. It is called Popps Packing, and there are a lot of other (soon-to-be famous) people participating. I'm going to try to get by this one to check it out.

--NPR also contributes to the abandoned building issue in the Takeaway. It links to a bunch more articles far better than I could. Well worth the read. Here is my favorite line:

As Thomas Morton points out, reporters often pair stories about the struggling Big Three with photos of the Packard Auto Plant in east Detroit. The problem? That plant closed in 1956, when the American automakers were still thriving.

--I don't know a lot about this project, “Burn,” but it sounds interesting. The filmmakers are focusing on Detroit firefighters and they are asking for support. That means throwing some money their way. Here is a 10-minute preview of the project.

--Really interesting read from Wayne State University Prof. Jerry Herron about what it is like to live around and in the city of Detroit. He too has faced the “Wow, Detroit is a real city?” dilemma. How exactly are you supposed to answer that?

--Just for fun, and because I mentioned Coneys, some footage from Becks over at Detroit Moxie of when Michael Symon was in town to film the hot-dog war television show.

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  • 1

    Chicago has one the worlds best public transit systems, a feature that attracts residents & contributes greatly to quality of life. Chicago also has many diverse neighborhoods with interesting restaurants and bakeries. On the other hand, Detroit has the worst publc transit in the civilized world. Plus its not pedestrian friendly as the great cities of America. It used to be.Back in the old days, up to the early 1950s, Detroit had an excelllent streetcar system, tracks still exist under pavement on most major roads such as Woodward, East Davison, Chene/JosCampau, Gratiot, etc....Detroit once had a variety of ethnic neighborhoods filled with retail and interesting blocks. Quality of life in Chicago is much better than that of the city of Detroit. I speak as a lifelong Detroit resident with two college degrees who has witnessed first hand the demise and destruction of one city neighborhood after another along with the loss of retail in both Downtown and the neighborhoods. Detroit is not called one of the worlds ten most dangerous cities or Americas first large third-world city for no reason. Perhaps things will get better. Perhaps. But at my age, I;m tired of hoping amidst the constant decline in quality of life.

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    My 15-year old daughter is going to to be appearing in a production of "The Mikado" at the Michigan Opera House, courtesy of their astonishing youth education program - that's not something you'll find in Chicago! The MOT's Operetta Workshop, part of their "Learning at the Opera" program provides a singular opportunity for local youth who want to spend at least part of their summer singing, acting, and dancing. The programs are affordable, the staff is amazing, friends are made, and Gilbert and Sullivan is now part of their repertory! Wow! The cultural programs for youth in Detroit are the equal of any in the nation, if not the leader in some instances. The DSO and DOT continue to shine as the jewels they are. BRAVO to these Detroit institutions and their inspired leaders.

  • 3

    Please, if you don't have anything worthwhile to write, don't.

    This isn't a blog post. It's a 200-word rant criticizing Chicago because you got a $50 parking ticket.

    Your links: A 12-day-old story from the Times, an 11-day-old story from NPR. Seriously?

    Also, why do you say someone can purchase a mansion in Birmingham "for the price of a small, narrow condo" in Chicago? Words actually mean something. Please don't just throw them around.

    • 3.1

      Trevor FYI - most blog posts are rants. Have you read anything Darrell writes on here? Get a sense of humor or get a life since you seem to hold neither.

      I compare the cost of real estate here (Raleigh NC) to the cost of houses I see for sale back home (GPF) regularly. I'm appalled at what they cost here in a historically inexpensive market. I know what comparable housing costs in Chicagoland too & it borders on highway robbery. For all that you get a political system that at times makes Detroit's look honest.

  • 5

    This may be one of the silliest, poorly conceived posts I've ever read. Astonishing that it appears on Time's website.

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