I was talking to my friend John, and we were talking about what things I will miss about Detroit when I leave. We talked about the great places that we went when we were young: Boblo Island, Sanders, Downtown Hudsons, Hughs and Hatcher, all the great record stores, Downtown Detroit, the great parks, and great concerts at Cobo Hall.
After talking for a while, we realized Detroit as we knew it is gone. All the above has been destroyed. All that is left in Detroit is friends and memories, the unique city (which includes the suburbs) is gone with all of it's toys. Chicago and New York maintained their memories. You can still walk into Macys and Marshall Fields. You can still go to Great America and Coney Island. Both cities have beautiful downtown areas.
Our parents always use to tell us that downtown wasn't anything compared to their day. I can only imagine how great Detroit was and what has been lost. Wendell said it best when he said, "When we were kids you had to dress up to go downtown, because you did not want someone you knew to see you dressed poorly."
Things I will not miss about Detroit:
1) Forced to buy crummy cars made in Detroit. When I leave so does my loyalty. Jap cars for me and my family. It is funny! In New Jersey you see every other house has a foreign car parked in front of their homes.
2) The worst roads in the nation. Even the good freeways end in the suburbs and turn terrible in the city limits.
3) The lack of public transit. Sure, Detroit is debatable the motor city, but did they have to remove the streetcars? I hope some day Michigan will admit that Coleman Young was right when he wanted a subway built. John and I were talking about how many more events we would attend if - like Chicago - we could drive to a commuter train station and ride downtown.
4) Listening the last 25 years how Detroit was making a comeback, and watching things only get worse.
5) Looking at the waste, in the city scavengers strip bricks from abandon buildings. In the suburbs, they tear down good buildings and replace them with drugstores.
6) Urban sprawl, out east the sprawl is limited by the mountains. In Detroit, before long people will have extended the metro area to Jackson and Flint, then where will they go to escape.
The only things Detroit has is friends and family. That is the whole reason people stay here.