I wonder if there's a way to tell my corporate travel booking site to never offer me flights that come through here. On the way out I connected in Atlanta, a city I'd much rather be stuck in.
The hotel offered a free shuttle to anywhere in a five mile radius. This wasn't a fancy hotel either; it was a Holiday Inn Express (which happens to be my favorite). This tells me that the area isn't safe to walk around in.
At that point I didn't care if they were offering me a free ride to the restaurant I could see from the lobby ... I grabbed an apple and a coffee and called it a night, hoping that my second floor room wouldn't take any stray bullets.
While having breakfast (in the hotel) I watched a local news broadcast where they were talking about how GM is laying off 1,500 more people, and then they talked about how electric cars don't work very well in the cold because the batteries don't work well in low temperatures and people also tend to turn on the heat.
And in case people are wondering how bad some areas of Detroit really are, check out:
Airport has the monorail that IGlet really likes.
The monorail was not running. I can only assume that someone shipped its job offshore.
After seeing it for myself I am joining the ranks of those who believe that the entire area of the state should be leveled.
I lived in Detroit for 4.5 months over 2 years. The company I worked for had an office in Downtown Detroit. I was there from 2009 - 2011. I would stay downtown Detroit for a week at a time. Downtown was dead after 6PM. My first time up there I walked the 6 blocks from my hotel to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. There were less than a dozen people in the place including servers, bartenders, and customers. There were no cars moving on my walk back.