Originally Posted by 94 olds vert
Downtown is a very vibrant part of the city and there is lots to do and see.
Have you ever been downtown Detroit at night when there isn't a Lions, Tigers or Wings game? Its like one of those post apocolypse movies ... deserted streets with nothing but papers blowing in the wind. Outside of Greek town and Mexican town (near the bridge) downtown Detroit is dead. The problem is, unlike major US and Canadian cities that have a vibrant downtown (like Chicago), very few people live in downtown Detroit.
They call it "white flight" and it is a result of the race riots in 1967. The old train station, which is the major landmark you see when crossing the Ambassador Bridge into the US, is represenative of the downtown Detroit area ... burned out with all the windows broken, home to junkies and crack *. There isn't a neighborhood in the downtown area that doesn't have 50% of the homes on any give block that are burned out, demolished, and/or vacant.
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