riverwalk_carousel_largeYou know, after spending the last week downtown, I’ve heard enough from those home grown Michiganders who bash Detroit.  Those who bash the People Mover when riding the People Mover.  Those who compare Detroit to other cities and say it’s such a disappointment. 

These are the people who don’t know Detroit.  These are the people who come down for events and then leave.  If you don’t know what you’re talking about, or you don’t have anything nice to say, simply keep your mouth shut.  Yeah, Detroit is fighting a bad rep.  And part of that is because native Detroiter’s or Michiganders perpetuate that stereotype by openly bashing the City to out-of-towners.  Yeah, Detroit has its problems, but we’re moving in the right direction. 

No, Detroit is not a Chicago.  It’s not a New York or L.A.  It’s Detroit.  No, we don’t have a mass transit system.  But we’ll get there.  We are moving in the right direction.  Detroit is Detroit and I’m proud to call it home. 

I’ve gotta make mention of this Mitch Albom article, “The Spirit of Detroit” that appeared in the January edition of Sports Illustrated.  I can’t tell you how many emails I received from people all over the country who used to live in Metro Detroit talking about this article.  Albom really captures the Spirit of the people of Detroit.  It’s long, but it’s a good read. 

And if you’re one of those locals who’re quick to put down Detroit, this article might make you think differently.  Although you might not know it… Even if you don’t live in Detroit, but live in a suburb of Detroit, out-of-towners consider you a Detroiter.