Detroit: Not That Sucky

A few weeks ago, I ventured out to New York City. I stayed with a friend of mine in the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn. I went all over the city, from Brooklyn, to Battery Park, to Central Park, to (accidentally) Queens. It was a pretty cool trip and New York is a pretty cool place but some aspects of the city really made me appreciate some of the cool things Detroit has that you really don’t get in NYC. Read ’em after the jump.

Less Hipsters – For the most part, Detroit has a very small hipster population. Maybe a few hipsters on the eastside, a few in Ferndale, and a couple downtown but that’s about it. To the contrary, New York (especially Brooklyn) is crazy hipster central. While in Brooklyn, I went to a hipster bar in Williamsburg with my friends. It was a pretty chill place but hipsters still weird me out. It was strange hearing Coldplay on the radio at a bar.
Better Graffiti – Graffiti sucks in general but New York’s graffiti sucks more than Detroit’s. Seriously, the graffiti in Brooklyn is insane, almost every building is either tagged or covered with just random graffiti. At least, here in Detroit, when people tag buildings or vandalize, they’re usually fairly creative or obscene.
No Weird Neighborhood Transformation – The Bushwick neighborhood we stayed in was insane. When our cab dropped us off from the airport, a hooker was being arrested on the corner and a dealer was being busted farther down the street. At night, the place looked like Highland Park. During the day, the character of the neighborhood totally changed, kids play in the street and businesses operate by the train stop. It’s a weird transformation. In Detroit, your neighborhood is either shady or not, there’s none of this change thing going on.
Useless Mass Transit – Mass transit is cool for a very short period of time. After about 48 hours, I just wanted to be able to drive my car. Fortunately for me, Detroit’s highways are somewhat more navigable than New York’s (or at least the deathtrap called the BQE).
Less Insanity – New Yorkers are impatient and always in a hurry. Perhaps, to our detriment, Michiganders are just more relaxed and friendly.

4 Comments so far

  1. Rick (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 3:52 pm

    What’s a “hipster?” Great article Tom.


  2. Tom (unregistered) on May 25th, 2007 @ 3:57 pm

    I thought you’d never ask.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hipster_%28contemporary_subculture%29

    Hipsters are both awesome and annoying at the same time.


  3. Mollika* (unregistered) on May 29th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

    Tom these are great observations. I think our hipsters are much more endearing and creative than NYC’s hipsters.


  4. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on May 30th, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    Love your reasons for loving Detroit!



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