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Motor City hospitality will bowl over Pittsburghers
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 1/30/2006 | Marisol Bello

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan; US: Pennsylvania; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: detroit; nfl; seahawks; steelers; superbowl
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1 posted on 01/30/2006 6:01:15 AM PST by serendepitylives
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To: serendepitylives

You are doing really well here if you walk through downtown without being shot.


2 posted on 01/30/2006 6:04:03 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: netmilsmom

Still safer than taking the "People Mover."


3 posted on 01/30/2006 6:07:57 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: serendepitylives

Marisol has either been bought by the Detroit chamber of commerce or is blinded by super bowl hype.


4 posted on 01/30/2006 6:08:17 AM PST by FreePaul
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To: netmilsmom
IMHO, the NFL made a horrible decision to have the Super Bowl in Detroit. Regardless of who wins, there will be rioting and looting in the streets. That's just the way it is in Detroit.

Sometimes I wonder if the empty seats at the stadium during a Lions game isn't because of lack of fan base, but fans feel safer watching on the big screen TV at home.

I'd be curious what the cost of security is in Detroit vs the super bowl in Atlanta right after 9/11?
5 posted on 01/30/2006 6:09:44 AM PST by not2worry (What goes around comes around.)
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To: serendepitylives

Reminds me of the Soviet Union's "Potemkin Village."


6 posted on 01/30/2006 6:11:26 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: 1rudeboy

>>Still safer than taking the "People Mover."<<

LOL!
Ain't that the truth!


7 posted on 01/30/2006 6:30:18 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: not2worry

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!


8 posted on 01/30/2006 6:32:00 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: netmilsmom

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.


9 posted on 01/30/2006 6:34:04 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: serendepitylives

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.


10 posted on 01/30/2006 6:36:36 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: not2worry
IMHO, the NFL made a horrible decision to have the Super Bowl in Detroit

The SB should be held in Vegas every year IMO.
11 posted on 01/30/2006 6:38:42 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: serendepitylives

How far from metro Detriot is Pontiac?


12 posted on 01/30/2006 6:39:32 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Downtown Pontiac is 31 miles from downtown Detroit and is in the metro Detroit area. It's totally built up between the two cities.


13 posted on 01/30/2006 6:54:18 AM PST by stayathomemom
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To: serendepitylives

Bring a dead relative and vote.


14 posted on 01/30/2006 6:56:35 AM PST by sergeantdave (And on the second day The Lord created February - the slowest month of the year.)
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To: netmilsmom
I like cheese on my Pittsburger. :)
15 posted on 01/30/2006 6:59:47 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Merry Christmas!)
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To: Petronski
Hey dogleg (that's my golfer term of endearment to those who I appreciate...... don't flip out)........ did you hear the reported story this morning on ESPN radio that when the Seattle plane arrived in Motown, the players refused to SIGN AUTOGRAPHS for their fans?

If that's true.................yoi, double yoi!

16 posted on 01/30/2006 7:08:31 AM PST by beyond the sea (Cal Thomas: If only Robert Bork had cried ...................)
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To: serendepitylives

Seattle boasts about their "12th Man." Well there are going to be about that many Seattle fans in Ford Field this Sunday.


17 posted on 01/30/2006 7:10:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: HEY4QDEMS

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.


18 posted on 01/30/2006 7:10:36 AM PST by LukeL
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To: netmilsmom

Oh, come on, don't forget to mention the nightly fireworks shows. Oh, wait that is tracer fire, sorry my bad.


19 posted on 01/30/2006 7:11:36 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: martin_fierro

ping


20 posted on 01/30/2006 7:12:21 AM PST by agrace (Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me if you know so much. Job 38:4)
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To: TXBSAFH

Heh!


21 posted on 01/30/2006 7:13:29 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: LukeL
I agree with the outdoor, real grass, part.

I've got nothing against football being played in the cold but I don't think it's an essential element.
22 posted on 01/30/2006 7:14:58 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

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.


23 posted on 01/30/2006 7:17:36 AM PST by LukeL
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To: serendepitylives
what an f'ing joke.... Detroit?... in the winter time....

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.

24 posted on 01/30/2006 7:24:39 AM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Petronski

Many areas of Detriot should be used by the military for live fire urban combat training. It may even improve the property values.


25 posted on 01/30/2006 7:26:10 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: 1rudeboy
Peiople Mover?

My sister said it was the people mugger.

26 posted on 01/30/2006 7:26:26 AM PST by TonyWojo
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To: LukeL
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.

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.

27 posted on 01/30/2006 7:34:53 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: serendepitylives; 3catsanadog; agrace; airborne; annyokie; Asphalt; Atlantin; Ayn Rand wannabe; ...
Motor City ... will bowl over Pittsburghers

Hopefully it'll serve as a cautionary tale.

Naaah. We never learn.

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28 posted on 01/30/2006 7:35:51 AM PST by martin_fierro (Hines Ward is my son! OK, not really, but it'd be nice.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Pontiac may as well be down town Detroit.


29 posted on 01/30/2006 7:39:15 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: TXBSAFH

>>Oh, wait that is tracer fire, sorry my bad.<<

You're not kidding.
Some of it is coming from Dearborn.


30 posted on 01/30/2006 7:41:08 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: netmilsmom

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.


31 posted on 01/30/2006 7:42:28 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Learn from the past, don't live in it.)
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To: Dick Vomer

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.


32 posted on 01/30/2006 7:42:33 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

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!"


33 posted on 01/30/2006 7:46:00 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: netmilsmom

Downtown's not that bad. Now go up Gratiot or down Fenkell, and it's another story.


34 posted on 01/30/2006 7:49:18 AM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Pontiac's part of metro Detroit. About 25 miles from downtown.


35 posted on 01/30/2006 7:51:02 AM PST by Dan from Michigan ("What does a guy have to do to get fired around here?" - Darryl Rogers, former Lions Coach)
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To: not2worry

You're an idiot. There will be no rioting. How much you want to bet on this?


36 posted on 01/30/2006 7:53:42 AM PST by TheEditor
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To: Dan from Michigan

When Boston College played Toledo in The Murder City Bowl, Game Package mailings were put immediatly into the circular file unopened.


37 posted on 01/30/2006 7:54:11 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Dan from Michigan

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*


38 posted on 01/30/2006 7:56:11 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: TheEditor

I would not go into Detroit without Apache gunships for support.


39 posted on 01/30/2006 7:57:50 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: netmilsmom

Do you have any idea how far Pontiac is from downtown Detroit?


40 posted on 01/30/2006 7:59:13 AM PST by TheEditor
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To: netmilsmom

A crock. Overall downtown is safer now than it was 10-15 years ago.


41 posted on 01/30/2006 8:00:25 AM PST by TheEditor
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>>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.


42 posted on 01/30/2006 8:07:04 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: TheEditor

So is Beirut, but I still would not go there.


43 posted on 01/30/2006 8:10:19 AM PST by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: netmilsmom

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.


44 posted on 01/30/2006 8:16:18 AM PST by TheEditor
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To: netmilsmom

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.


45 posted on 01/30/2006 8:20:15 AM PST by xp38
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To: netmilsmom
Nonsense. Detroit's a bustling place, as seen from these recent photos.


46 posted on 01/30/2006 8:21:22 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: TheEditor

>>Hmm.. would that be lily-livered Auburn Hills?<<

*snicker*
Um, no.
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.


47 posted on 01/30/2006 8:24:04 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: serendepitylives

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.


48 posted on 01/30/2006 8:24:15 AM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: xp38

I agree with you.
When it's light and a big crowd, one is safe.

Alone and at night, you better have a CCW.


49 posted on 01/30/2006 8:26:04 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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To: Larry Lucido

LOL!
Those ARE from the Free Press Hype aren't they?


50 posted on 01/30/2006 8:27:14 AM PST by netmilsmom (To attack one section of Christianity in this day and age, is to waste time.)
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