Inspired by the banner images on this message board, I thought it'd be fun if we created a collection of pictures of the true Detroit. Y'know, the not glamorous skyline, parks, or inspired street art, but the Detroit we drive through day in and day out as we go about our small, insignificant lives. Numb to our daily environment, the world around too often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. Let's take a second to recognize the world around us.
I've visited to Detroit a few times over the years (From the Toronto area).
I can say truthfully there is much I enjoy (some great architecture in parts of downtown in particular)
But of course, as discussions on this forum acknowledge, your fair City is not without its challenges.
As an outsider, I'm sure some of my questions (if not most) have already been answered and/or debated to death; but in my time lurking on the forum there are a few for which I've never found complete answers.
I'm not going to try to stick them all in one post.....
But if you'll indulge me.....
One of Detroit's apparent challenges seems to revolve around they myriad of fiefdoms that exist in your area.
So many different governments and police forces and so on.
If nothing else, for any area facing financial challenges, this might seem a bit wasteful.
But it also strikes me as imposing many other challenges from depriving lower-income or struggling areas of the resources they need to fix things; to making difficult inter-regional co-operation on transportation, economic development and policing.
So I was wondering why Detroit has so many different citys/towns/counties etc?
And whether there has been any move to change this?
I have some familiarity w/the U.S. and while you do have 'mega-cities' (ie. New York); you do, as a nation seem to have a lot of 'scattered' cities.
Is there something about the U.S. that this is the case?
I just contrast it w/here in Ontario where its relatively rare, we tend to consolidate our cities into much bigger governments; and/or having the 'regional' services together by having an upper tier local government.
Except if you are a member of the Detroit Yacht Club.
Now that we have a state park will it increasingly be made off limits to the public to host corporate and entertainment events?
It started with the Grand Prix who paved over a few acres and now this. Do you approve of this on the summer dates of Sept. 7-11?
For four days in September, Belle Isle runners, picnickers and anglers will be replaced by talking cars, driverless vehicles and high-tech traffic systems.
The futuristic Belle Isle demonstrations are part of the Intelligent Transport Systems 21st World Congress, running concurrently at Cobo Center Sept. 7-11.
The event occurs in North America every three years, this marking the first time it's been to Detroit. It’s expected to draw as many as 10,000 business executives, legislators and researchers to showcase the latest innovations in transportation.
Belle Isle will host live demonstrations of driverless cars, including passenger vehicles, commercial trucks and military vehicles, and robotics.
The island became a state park in February, when Michigan leased the city-owned park for 30 years relieving bankrupt Detroit from managing the area.
Scott Belcher, president of Washington, D.C.-based ITS America, said the state’s offer of using the park for the World Congress proved how serious the state takes its stake in automotive.
During the event, Belle Isle will be closed for four days to the general public, with the exception of owners of boats docked at the Detroit Yacht Club.