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Dearborn's location

Dearborn is on the southwest side of Detroit, not the north as given in the beginning of the Understand section. (It is, however, a wonderful place to eat.)

Detroit's mansions

All the places given for mansions in the Understand section are outside of Detroit proper. There are many beautiful mansions within the city in Palmer Park, Boston Edison, Arden Park and Indian Village, to name a few.

Ford's first assembly line

Was not in Detroit, it was in Highland Park, which is surrounded by Detroit. You cannot visit the building, but you can drive by it on Woodward Ave.

Get in - air

Windsor's airport is closer to the northern suburbs (and much of Detroit) than Metro Airport. Nearby airports are Flint Bishop, Toledo and Lansing.

Get in - car - street layout

Detroit is a grid on a wagon wheel because of the Great Fire.


Eat section completely leaves out the Lebanese restaurants in Warrendale and Dearborn, Hamtramck's Polish restaurants, Jacoby's downtown, Sinbad's, etc. It also includes chains (why on earth would anyone come to Detroit and eat in a P.F. Chang's?) The Roostertail (next to Sinbad's) is only open these days for parties.

None of the Detroit area restaurants liked by the foodies on eGullet are here. Nor is any idea of price given (restaurants listed are on the expensive side).

Thanks for the feedback, but please plunge forward and edit the page yourself! Jpatokal 01:24, 2 October 2006 (EDT)


Detroit certainly has some districts that I think deserve separate mentioning and description (e.g. Downtown, Midtown, New Center, Corktown, Greektown, etc - Hamtramck and Highland Park also, even though they are not municipally part of the city). We should at least get a map together of where these districts are to start with. --Locano 16:07, 11 November 2007 (EST)

Seems like this article is about ready to district-fy. It's a lot of work, though. You'll need to come up with a list of proposed districts - I recommend starting low, and continuing to subdivide them as they fill up. Cleveland has three, which are nicely done, but there are others that have too many, and the useful information gets spread too thin for travelers to use. On Chicago, we started with about half of the ones we currently have. There's some useful discussion here. Gorilla Jones 02:21, 18 November 2007 (EST)
Ah, thank you for your guidance. I definitely didn't realize how much work this might be. No time to start like the present! --Locano 20:48, 18 November 2007 (EST)

Proposed Districts

In the interest if district-ifying Detroit, here is the list of districts that I am thinking of creating.

Under the suggestion of this talk page, first the information will be divided into districts on the Detroit page, and as the section gains more information it can be split into its own article. Comments, suggestions? --Locano 21:18, 18 November 2007 (EST)

Doesn't seem excessive, and no objections have been raised - plunge forward! Gorilla Jones 12:25, 6 January 2008 (EST)
Since it seems that User:Locano is no longer active, I guess I will start working on the district pages. Local hero 14:10, 11 October 2008 (EDT)
Feel free... do you think that Locano's proposal above is a reasonable breakdown, keeping in mind that we don't want too many districts for most cities? – cacahuate talk 14:52, 11 October 2008 (EDT)
I think its a great proposal, except Midtown and the New Center could probably be made into one page, since they are very similar places and both terms are often used to describe the area north of Downtown. Local hero 15:34, 11 October 2008 (EDT)

The districts for the Detroit area need to be treated as metro districts. People don't travel by municipal boundary. They don't care where the dividing line is when they travel. There are too many significant sites scattered within municipal boundaries which are within minutes of one another for the Detroit area. The districs then need to include metro southwest, metro east, and metro northwest. That's the way its handled by every major travel guide for Detroit. 12:37, 27 December 2008 (EST)

This travel guide is supposed to be about the City of Detroit. That's what people expect to find when they come to this travel guide. Other cities in the region that have attractions can be listed in the "Get out" section. --Local hero 14:15, 27 December 2008 (EST)
You both have a very good point. I think the mentality of American cities is if they live in one of these suburbs to just say "We live in Oklahoma City" or "We live in the suburbs of Boston" kind if thing. I think if there is very little way people traveling will think it is a city on it's own then it should be apart of the city itself. Stuff like that could never happen in Canada, as we over emphasize the fact if we live in a suburb just outside the city, eg Edmonton and then Sherwood Park. So you will probably get the vibe of it being a different city, or people thinking it, despite it being in the same metropolitan area. edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 14:23, 27 December 2008 (EST).

The term 'Detroit' does refer to the greater Detroit area. The Detroit Pistons play in Auburn Hills, the Detroit Zoo is in Royal Oak for example. Grosse Pointe is within a few blocks of the city limit. People don't travel or book hotels in a vacuum. Major destinations in detroit bill hail themselves from the Detroit area. The official convention and visitors bureau for the area is called Visit Detroit and its doenn't confine itself to the city limits. It was only proposed to make the districts, when the content reached a high level, and that content included the key points of the metro area. Those trodding into the topic obviously gave no respect to that or to the work of others. The districts should be treated as metro Northwest, metro Southwest, and metro East, and probably should be renamed. Travelers have a common understanding of it as the Detroit area. Thomas Paine1776 14:54, 27 December 2008 (EST)

The situation in Detroit

Okay, so a lot of what I've read suggests that Detroit is not in good shape. I realize the point of a travel guide is to paint a positive picture of the location, but wouldn't it be useful under Understand to let people know that there are some problems there? For example, I would want to know whether crime was a problem there, and if there were neighborhoods that were safe/unsafe. Potential visitors who aren't aware of the situation in Detroit might go there and then be a bit disappointed. 08:04, 15 August 2008 (EDT)

I think a brief mention of crime and less brief treatment of Detroit's difficulties connected to the downward slide at GM is appropriate in the understand section, but the vast majority of crime information belongs in the dedicated "Stay safe" section. "Understand" should be pretty limited to background, history, and a little travel-related boosterism. --Peter Talk 16:06, 16 August 2008 (EDT)
Detroit is a great city and its seen trememdous progress and redevelopment in the past decade. Detroit is in very good shape, nearly all of its freeways have been recently upgraded and revamped, its airport is one of the nation's newest. Its hotels are some of the nation's best. Its also a safe city, just as safe as any other major city. The city is a fun travel destination with some of America's best attractions. Economic issues and the gas crisis are affecting the whole country. Side issues and auto company problems are not relevant to a travel guide. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs)
Agreed that Detroit is a great city and a fun travel destination (especially for music!), but disagreed that it is just as safe as any other major city, and that the auto industry's problems are irrelevant. The auto industry is central to Detroit's history, and to ignore it and it's recent history would be a serious omission in background information. It would also be a basic omission in sightseeing information—one of the highlights of my last mini-vacation there was seeing all of GM's new models. --Peter Talk 17:02, 20 August 2008 (EDT)
Detroit has low crime in areas frequented by tourists. It's just as safe as any major city. I travel to several of them. Detoit's crime has declined drastically from three decades ago. Even areas of higher crime emanate from certain limited locations which are not tourist areas anyway. Detroit has much larger and vibrant crowds for events and in its downtown than many other cities. An example is the unbelievably large size of weekend suburban crowds at Tri-Centennial State Park on the Riverfront. Agree of course, that the auto industry is central to Detroit's history. The auto industry has seen a rough year, however, the outlook is positive with restructurings and cost savings which are yet to be reflected. Locally produced vehicles, such as the G6, the Malibu, and Cadillac are generally adding shifts. Company's quarterly business cycles/fuel spikes (which are subsiding) and accounting write downs are side issues and not really important for a travel guide. Indications are that Detroit automakers view their own circumstances much more favorably going forward than outsiders know yet. Manufacturing in Michigan itself rose 6 percent from 2001 to 2006. New business grads I know there, are receiving multiple job offers in their field. Even middle income folks I know there are well off and have plenty of work. Financial firms in Michigan are not affected by the credit crunch as are those New York, Texas, Florida, and California. Most of the complaints come from those who were doing fantastic but are lately just very well off. Educators, which are plentiful in Michigan, are the second highest paid in the nation after California which has a higher cost of living. Further, the region has recently received committments for 4,800 new jobs from new investments, including and $11 billion joint venture from K-DOW chemical. The region has a healthy number of current job openings in a variety of fields and the midwest in general typically has a higher percent of its population employed than other parts of the country. Detroit Casinos are seeing gains while their counterparts in other cities are not. The economic impact of the current War has affected tourism nationwide, and moreso in areas like Tampa, Miami, Orlando/Disney and Las Vegas. Comparatively, Detroit's travel industry has faired reasonably well during the period and even seen gains. 11:02, 22 August 2008 (EDT)

Detroiters out there?

Local hero has been working so hard on Detroit article(s) and I was wondering if anyone else lived in the metro area to help edit. All help appreciated! I myself will try and help a little bit (though never been). Keep smiling, Edmontonenthusiast 14:26, 26 October 2008 (EDT)


Is the do section really necessary, in that, it's lengthliness? It's quite long. If it isn't only keep the necessary ones, if it is district it because it looks so boring to look at. Keep Smiling, edmontonenthusiast [ee] .T.A.L.K. 16:30, 22 November 2008 (EST).