Skip to comments.Motor City hospitality will bowl over Pittsburghers
Posted on 01/30/2006 6:01:15 AM PST by serendepitylives
Motor City hospitality will bowl over Pittsburghers By Marisol Bello FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIE Monday, January 30, 2006
DETROIT - Steelers fans taking a road trip to Detroit for Super Bowl XL can expect a pedestrian's paradise: a downtown buzzing with excitement, busy stores and restaurants, a street scene full of festivals, parties, ice sculptures and -- weather permitting -- even dog sledding.
OK, it ain't the real Detroit. Any other time, a pedestrian in the Motor City is about as rare as a Cowboys fan in Pittsburgh. But it is representative of the changes in place this week for guests coming downtown. They're closing off streets, for crying out loud. They're encouraging people to walk.
Next thing you know they'll be telling people to root for Ohio State.
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You are doing really well here if you walk through downtown without being shot.
Still safer than taking the "People Mover."
Marisol has either been bought by the Detroit chamber of commerce or is blinded by super bowl hype.
Reminds me of the Soviet Union's "Potemkin Village."
>>Still safer than taking the "People Mover."<<
Ain't that the truth!
I have lived in the greater Detroit area for almost 10 years.
I have been downtown once.
When I lived in Cleveland, we partied downtown every weekend. NOT HERE!
Years ago, I worked in the Fisher Building, and I was told in no uncertain terms my first day there to not even think about staying at the office past 5:00 because of safety concerns.
Ice sculptures? Oh boy. Can't wait.
Detroit for the Super Bowl? What a joke. The city is a mess and will remain so for years.
How far from metro Detriot is Pontiac?
Downtown Pontiac is 31 miles from downtown Detroit and is in the metro Detroit area. It's totally built up between the two cities.
Bring a dead relative and vote.
If that's true.................yoi, double yoi!
Seattle boasts about their "12th Man." Well there are going to be about that many Seattle fans in Ford Field this Sunday.
The SB should be played in an outdoor stadium with natural grass and in a cold climate, the way football was meant to be played. Playing in a indoor stadium on turf isn't real football IMHO.
Oh, come on, don't forget to mention the nightly fireworks shows. Oh, wait that is tracer fire, sorry my bad.
I guess being from Wisconsin I think of football as a winter sport instead of a summer one. I cannot understand how Arizona could get a team. Playing football in 100 degree weather just doesn't seem right.
What a paradise! Gawd, just the thought of the panoramic view of the downtown area.
makes me all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it....
I'm hoping next year that Newark,NJ , Gary,In or maybe Marion,IL can get their bid in for the Super Bowl.......
wait a minute, I just forgot...Compton,CA would be just a great place with that big LA, San Diego, Oakland and SF markets just screaming for their time in the sun... I mean these are veritable showcases for the democratic party policies and the benefits of well run, caring, socially secure city governments.
I'd just like to get a "real" breakdown on the number of robberies, assaults, theft and murders to visitors during this NFL "showcase".
Maybe these fine planners will hold the Olympics in Somalia, Botswana or the slums of Delhi.
Many areas of Detriot should be used by the military for live fire urban combat training. It may even improve the property values.
My sister said it was the people mugger.
Football wasn't designed to be played in February. Until the one-eyed monster took over the game, the champhionship game was played a week or two before Christmas.
Hopefully it'll serve as a cautionary tale.
Naaah. We never learn.
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Pontiac may as well be down town Detroit.
>>Oh, wait that is tracer fire, sorry my bad.<<
You're not kidding.
Some of it is coming from Dearborn.
I've never been there and based on remarks I read on FR, I don't see it making my list of must-see places anytime soon.
We don't have a flake of snow right now. It was 51 degrees yesterday. Netmilsdad and I were thinking of pulling out the camper and taking a weekend off.
It will probably be blizzard weather in June.
If you come here, hit Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford then get back on I-94 and continue up to the thumb (you know, MI is like a mitten, the eastern middle is the thumb). It's beautiful up there. If you can take a stop and go over the Blue Water Bridge to Sarnia, you'll have a great time.
My nephew and his family were coming to see me and he got off at 8 mile for gas.
Big, brave guy that he is, he said, "Never again!"
Downtown's not that bad. Now go up Gratiot or down Fenkell, and it's another story.
Pontiac's part of metro Detroit. About 25 miles from downtown.
You're an idiot. There will be no rioting. How much you want to bet on this?
When Boston College played Toledo in The Murder City Bowl, Game Package mailings were put immediatly into the circular file unopened.
Oh I don't know Dan.
I was scared to walk to my car after my girls danced at Commerica Park for Polish Appreciation Day. Creeped me out.
I was glad that we were in a big crowd of strong Pollack men. Some unwashed, glazed-eyed men just staring at us. *shiver*
I would not go into Detroit without Apache gunships for support.
Do you have any idea how far Pontiac is from downtown Detroit?
A crock. Overall downtown is safer now than it was 10-15 years ago.
>>Do you have any idea how far Pontiac is from downtown<<
Yup, sure do. I live three cities over.
I'm saying that Pontiac is as rough as any downtown at night.
And BTW, that's great that downtown Detroit is safer than it was 10 years ago. It still isn't safe.
A little dangerous is a like a little pregnant.
So is Beirut, but I still would not go there.
Actually at night there are plenty of places downtown I'd rather be than in much of Pontiac. Three cities over from Pontiac you live? Hmm.. would that be lily-livered Auburn Hills? To you, downtown Royal Oak probably looks sketchy. 48201 was my zip code for several years not too long ago, and have also lived in Ferndale just 6 blocks north of 8 Mile, and now live in Redford just a couple of stone throws from the city border.
Downtown is developing(re-developing I suppose) now at a pretty good clip. There is an actual night life, and good restaurants are popping up like weeds pushing thru concrete. Yes, it doesn't take long to hit some dicey neighborhoods, but downtown itself is on the upswing.
I have been to downtown Detroit a number of times but they were always during daylight. Mostly for Tigers games. The last time was a few years ago for the Auto show and that would be right at about this time of year. Its always a bit dicey when you are in an unfamiliar place but I didn't get any major bad vibes. Granted on these occasions I was like you for your dance thing part of a large crowd so it might be different if you are by your lonesome or perhaps at night which the Super Bowl will certainly be.
>>Hmm.. would that be lily-livered Auburn Hills?<<
My zip was 48239 as well at one point. When I first came here one of my good friends was an EMT. She told me that if I got into an accident on the east side of Telegraph to crawl to the west or I would never get help. She also worked in Pontiac and told me just to stay away from there at night. I've seen it first hand driving through it at night. She was right.
Perhaps your tolerance for danger is high because you have lived in the areas you have. Not mine.
You can say that the Downtown area is on the upswing but maybe that's because you are reading the Free Press for your information.
I don't know about Motor City's hospitality, so this is a bit off-topic, but I once read a moving tribute to the hospitality of Notre Dame when BYU played there. ND and their fans were a shining example of hospitality and good sportsmanship.
I agree with you.
When it's light and a big crowd, one is safe.
Alone and at night, you better have a CCW.
Those ARE from the Free Press Hype aren't they?