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You've Got to Be Kidding Me

Hilariously awful story in The Detroit News about Detroit, Ore., and how it is asking its residents whether it should  change its name to "Detroit Lake." The reason? Well, in part, they don't like the way people react to the name "Detroit." Like adding the word "Lake" is going to clear anything up. How about you go ahead and change your city's name to "Tourist Trap" and see how that works out?

Ridiculous. (But you only have to look at my neighbors in Eastpointe to know why people think this is necessary.) They vote on it Tuesday.

Builder Doug DeGeorge, who was instrumental in putting the proposal on the ballot, said the name "Detroit" carries an unsavory image. "I bought the old Detroit Lake Motel, and we turned it into a beautiful lodge," DeGeorge said. "When people asked me what project I was working on, I'd tell them I was building a lodge in Detroit. When I said, 'Detroit,' everyone would scrunch up their noses and furrow their brows. They'd say, 'My God, what are you doing building a lodge there?'"

And then there's this...

"I mean, no offense to the people of Detroit (Michigan)," he said. "It's a big city, and it's been around forever. We're just a beautiful city in the heart of the mountains, so by adding the name 'Lake' to it, you let people know what it's all about."

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