The D. Motown. Detroit Rock City. The Motor City. D-Town. The 313.
No matter what you call it, Detroit is my city. When I was growing up, my parents would drive my sister and I downtown to experience the arts, culture and sports thriving in our city. From Red Wings and Tigers games to The Marriage of Figaro and meals at the New Parthenon in Greektown, we were always in the D. I made a ton of Detroit memories long before I dreamt of working in the Ren Cen.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share why I love the city:
1. We’re a comeback city. An understanding of your roots is the first step to a brighter tomorrow. Detroit was founded on industry, and today we not only acknowledge our past, we continue to grow and evolve it, shaping our city’s future.
2. Arts and culture are thriving. From the Detroit Historical Society and Detroit Institute of Arts to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and MOCAD, no matter where you look the city’s community of urban artists, hipsters, residents and business professionals, can be found celebrating Detroit’s rebirth through creativity.
3. Opening Day Tigers baseball is practically a citywide holiday. All Detroiters LOVE Tigers baseball. Come downtown on opening day and you’ll see the city at its finest. People of all walks of life can be found eating, drinking and being merry throughout the day. It’s like Christmas.
4. There ain’t no eats, like Detroit eats. All you need to know about the food scene is always get your coneys at Lafayette and eat your pizza square. Just kidding – Detroit’s dining scene is way more complex than that, but definitely choose Lafayette Coney Island and Buddy’s Pizza when in doubt.
5. Detroiters are genuine. There’s no sugar coating it. Detroiters have been through a lot. From the country’s largest municipal bankruptcy and economic recessions, Detroiters have learned how to cope with difficult situations with maturity and a matter of fact attitude. Ask us what we think – we’ll tell you the truth.
That just barely scratches the surface of why I love Detroit, but I thought it’d be fun to find out some of reasons my colleagues love the D too. Here’s a glimpse of what some of them had to say:
Patricia Adanti-Joy, vice president
6. The view of the Detroit River from my 400 tower, 10th floor, Renaissance Center office.
7. The excitement of driving onto and around Belle Isle Park in my work with the Belle Isle Conservancy.
8. Detroit dining and entertainment staples – like Greektown, Cobo Center, London Chop House – continuing to thrive.
9. Visionaries, like Dan Gilbert and the Ilitch Family, who are doing amazing things to revitalize Detroit.
10. All the great professionals I have the privilege to work with here at Franco.
Stephanie Casola, account manager
11. The sunrise over an international riverfront every morning.
12. The ever-growing and impressive Detroit food scene. We’re so spoiled by it.
13. Detroit’s access to amazing Michigan-made craft beer.
14. It’s tenacious, creative, talented and hard-working people.
15. That it’s a city big enough to have and attract an array of culture but still small enough so you don’t feel lost in the shuffle of it all.
Elizabeth Robbins – Sabourin, account manager
16. Pewabic Pottery – My first PR job out of college was at Pewabic Pottery and it provided my Detroit education. I love taking a piece of it with me everywhere I go.
17. DeVries Cheese Shop in Eastern Market.
18. Santorini in Greektown.
19. The Sports.
20. The Old Shillelagh in Greektown.
Sarah Kornacki, PR coordinator
26. There are so many pockets of culture and interest in unexpected places.
27. Wanting to improve Detroit/being proud to be a Detroiter is a well-accepted stance to take. Getting to be a part of it is really cool.
28. Graffiti art, like in Eastern Market.
29. Events like the Detroit Design Festival and the Downtown Hoedown.
30. Architecture. There’s some pretty stuff ’round here!
Andrea Kenski, senior account executive
36. Detroit Tigers baseball.
37. The energy of those who live, work and play in the city of Detroit.
38. New restaurant/bar openings (almost daily, it seems).
39. Feeling like I’m playing a small part in Detroit’s comeback.
40. The awesome fact that I work in Detroit….makes me feel like a badass.
Daniel Stocking, account executive
Daniel Horn, account executive
46. The Innovation – The community is very supportive of local businesses with new ideas. There is such a wide variety of creative companies constantly popping up, some of which can only be found here.
47. The Music – There’s so much of it! And such a great variety. From jazz, blues and Motown to punk, electronic and rock, there are venues, artists and record stores for anyone.
48. The Food – Again, there’s a little of something for everyone. From coneys to classic Detroit pizza like Buddy’s to fine dining options, there’s enough to try something new and awesome all the time.
49. The Cars – Being a car guy, I love the automotive history of Detroit and being so close to all of the innovations in the industry.
50. The Opportunity – The city is growing, and I love seeing people stepping up to bring new people, businesses and opportunities to the area.
Why do you love Detroit? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.