Detroit November 22, 2017
10 Reasons Why People In Detroit Should Be Proud Of Their City
Detroit certainly gets a bad reputation among those who aren’t familiar with the Motor City. While we know our city isn’t without its flaws, we’re still full of pride — and we hope our fellow Detroiters feel this pride as well. Here are ten reasons why everyone from Detroit should be proud of their hometown.
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1. We’ve got some of the most delicious food around.
From coney dogs to Detroit-style pizza, no one does food quite like the Motor City. No matter what you’re craving, you’re sure to find a specialty dish that satisfies your taste buds and your stomach. Slows Bar BQ, Green Dot Stables sliders, and gyros in Greektown… what’s not to love?
2. We’re diverse.
Our city is home to people from all backgrounds and beliefs. From Mexicantown to Greektown, Detroit houses a wide variety of cultures — and there’s always a place here for newcomers. We Motor City residents should be proud to live in a locale that strives to keep its arms open.
3. We’re just a stone’s throw from Canada.
Very few cities in the United States can boast such a close proximity to the Canadian border, and our great relationship with these international neighbors is certainly a point of pride. Nothing beats venturing over to Windsor for a quick day trip or checking out city views from atop the Ambassador Bridge.
4. We’ve overcome hardships.
Detroit has been through more than its fair share of ups and downs. From economic struggles to high crime rates to widespread abandonment, our history hasn’t always been pleasant. But these issues haven’t held us back from upward movement and growth — and we’ve never been defined by our difficulties.
5. We’re responsible for incredible music.
Motown, anyone? No matter which genre is your favorite, we’re almost sure that Detroit has churned out a few of your most beloved performers. Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Eminem, Aaliyah… the list continues. It’s nearly impossible not to be proud of the Motor City as soon as "Isn’t She Lovely" comes on the radio!
6. Modern cars wouldn’t be the same without Detroit.
They don’t call us the Motor City for nothing. Detroit has long been home to the automobile industry. It’s nearly impossible to talk about the history of our city without mentioning the strides we’ve made during our longtime tenure as General Motors’ hometown. If there’s one thing we can be proud of, it’s our industrial prowess.
7. Detroit is a mecca for great art.
If you’ve never been to the DIA, take one step inside and you’ll immediately find yourself overwhelmed with pride and amazement. From the walls of our most famous museums to the city-organized graffiti art along the Dequindre Cut, there’s something here to inspire everyone. Artists flock to Detroit, and we should feel proud to live among so much creative excitement.
8. We’re situated on a lovely body of water.
It’s not a Great Lake or an ocean, but the Detroit River sure is amazing. From its historical role in a variety of trades to its scenic beauty, there’s something uniquely calming and wonderful about visiting our favorite body of water. Whether you’re catching skyline views from a dinner cruise or fishing from the pier, the Detroit River makes us glad to be from the Motor City.
9. No one has more home team pride than Detroiters.
Okay, let’s be honest: the Detroit Lions don’t always fill us with overwhelming city pride, but that doesn’t mean we won’t continue rooting for them. There’s something uniquely connective and fun about being a Detroit sports fan. From the Tigers to the Pistons to the Red Wings, our sense of pride is unbeatable.
10. We’re constantly changing — for the better.
Detroit is home to all sorts of startups, endeavors, and events. No matter your age or interests, there’s something in the Motor City to keep you excited and inspired. Our city is truly one-of-a-kind, and we’ll never let negative stereotypes keep us from displaying our deep Detroit pride.
Okay, fellow Detroiters: we want to hear from you! What makes you most proud to be from the Motor City? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below — and keep being proud of your hometown!