The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005


Evan Kirchhoff (who is going to Hong Kong on business!) used to live in Ann Arbor, and blogged about the unending decline of the city of Detroit:


There are more than 12,000 abandoned homes in the Detroit area, a byproduct of decades of layoffs at the city's auto plants and white flight to the suburbs. And despite scores of attempts by government and civic leaders to set the city straight, the automobile capitol of the world seems trapped in a vicious cycle of urban decay.

Detroit has lost more than half its population since its heyday in the 1950's. ...


I have visited my sister in Ann Arbor half a dozen times. Usually when one visits the suburb of a large city, one goes to the large city at some point. Obviously some metropolises, like Manhattan or Chicago, are eagerly awaited tourist destinations. But I expect that if I were to visit a suburb of Kansas City, or St. Louis, at least one day would be spent in a tourist attraction or fancy restaurant of said cities.

At no time in any of my visits did my sister or brother-in-law suggest that we should go to Detroit. The closest I have come is the airport, which is on the southwest side of town some twenty minutes from Ann Arbor.


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2 Comments:

Next time you are in the area consider spending at least a day at Greenfield Village in Dearborn - it is something that should not be missed - even if it is a bit of a hazard to get there...

By Blogger Stuart Berman, at 7:43 PM  

Melissa and I have lived in Ann Arbor for four years or so. We've been to downtown Detroit maybe five or six times total for various activities. It's not worth the journey.

By Anonymous Joel Singer, at 6:53 AM  

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