We Detroiters pride ourselves on living and working in a diverse, welcoming environment — but that doesn’t mean we won’t stand up for ourselves when necessary. Here are fifteen things that will always push our buttons here in the Motor City. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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1. Claiming that your city is the music capital of the country.
We know that other parts of the country have produced plenty of wonderful music, but nothing will ever compare to that Motown sound. We Detroiters will defend our city’s musical legacy for the rest of our days, so don’t test us!
2. Ignoring our city’s relevance within the auto industry.
They don’t call us the "Motor City" for nothing. While plenty of great vehicles have been produced overseas, there’s nothing quite like a Michigan-made vehicle, and Detroit has an undeniable importance among American cars.
3. Referring to Detroit as a "wasteland."
We know there are plenty of abandoned buildings throughout Detroit, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t growing and changing every day. In our eyes, many of these abandoned buildings are symbols of hope for renovation and regrowth throughout the Motor City. We'll never forget our past, but we are eager to walk into the future.
4. Calling it "soda" instead of "pop."
That fizzy stuff we drink? Yeah, it’s called "pop." No ifs, ands, or buts about it!
5. Claiming that your hometown has the best coney dogs around.
Psh, no way! Here in Detroit, we know that there’s nothing more delicious than a coney dog from American or Lafayette. Your city might have some awesome coney dogs, but nothing compares to the original — and we don’t want to hear any arguments about this one!
6. Making fun of our sports teams.
Sure, the Lions aren’t the greatest team in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean you have the right to insult them! We’ll poke fun at our teams here and there, but we’re sports fanatics — and, at the end of the day, we’ll defend our players until we’re blue in the face.
7. Writing off Detroit as "unfixable."
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Detroit is resilient. We’ve been through plenty of struggles in recent years, and we’re certainly fair from perfect. But our ability to rise from the ashes is what makes us true Detroiters, and we can’t stand hearing that our city is incapable of positive growth.
8. Claiming you’re from Detroit when you’re actually from a suburb.
Novi, Farmington Hills, Rochester: they’re all great little communities, but they’re not actually IN Detroit. Nothing annoys true-blue Detroiters more than overhearing suburb residents claim that they’re from "the D." Metro Detroit is awesome, but don’t claim that you’re from Detroit unless you’re actually from Detroit!
9. Assuming that we’re all close personal friends with Eminem.
We’re proud that such a famous artist calls Detroit home, but please — don’t assume that we’ve all met him just because we’re from his city. And no, we don’t want to watch "8 Mile" with you again.
10. Not knowing how to make a "Michigan left."
It’s easy to spot an out-of-state driver when it comes to a Michigan left turn. For us, these unique highway turns are a daily occurrence, so it can be pretty frustrating to wait up while someone figures out how to navigate them during our morning commute.
11. Dissing Detroit-style pizza.
We love New York and Chicago-style pizza as much as anyone else, but there’s something perfectly delicious about biting into a piece of square Detroit-style pizza. The Motor City isn’t necessarily famous for its pizza, but true Detroiters know that we make some of the most mouthwatering pies around.
12. Disliking the delicious taste of Faygo.
Um, excuse me? You don’t like Faygo? How do you even LIVE? If you’re from Detroit, chances are good that you sipped your fair share of this sweet, fizzy beverage growing up. From Redpop to Orange, there’s a flavor to satisfy every craving — and we’ll always hold Faygo close to our hearts.
13. Giving us anything other than Vernor’s when we’re sick.
Real medicine might work for you, but we’ll be insulted if you assume that we want anything other than Vernor’s when we’re battling an upset stomach. Don’t knock it until you try it: there’s something truly magical about the healing powers of this classic ginger ale!
14. Asking us whether we’re from "South Detroit."
We know you’ve heard "South Detroit" mentioned in the lyrics to "Don’t Stop Believin’," but we have some bad news: there’s really no part of the city called "South Detroit." This might be a tough pill swallow for all you Journey fans out there, but we just have to be honest.
15. Refusing to listen when we tell you about the positive changes happening here.
At the end of the day, we’re fiercely proud of Detroit and all that it’s overcome and accomplished in recent years. Despite our struggles and shortcomings, our city is one-of-a-kind, and it’s overflowing with talented, wonderful people who are dedicated to its improvement. If you really want to make a Detroiter mad, just ignore us when we’re talking about the positive points of our beloved city — it will truly be your loss.
Tell us, Detroiters: what really gets your blood boiling? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.