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Old 06-18-2016, 08:55 PM
 
Location: South St. Paul, Minnesota
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What city has more to do? What city is more fun? You can include the metro areas.
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Old 06-19-2016, 08:14 AM
 
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Minneapolis. Minneapolis. Metro Minneapolis.
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Old 06-19-2016, 10:25 AM
 
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Minneapolis has the better urban core by just about any measure.

Detroit has the bigger and better metro area (CSA which includes Ann Arbor).
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Carver County, MN
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This thread raises a good question! You should start a poll on this one.
I have never been to Detroit so I would be interested to see what people think.
Ann Arbor sounds like a good complement to Detroit. Minneapolis has St. Paul right next door and light rail connecting the two. Minneapolis keeps chugging along at its own pace, over the past five or so years has seen an uptick in residential an office construction again, but Nicollet Mall is hurting (somewhat due to it's reconstruction). From what I have read, Downtown Detroit is making a resurgence. To Minneapolis' advantage- the U of M right next door to Downtown, Sports Stadiums, light rail to the Airport and St. Paul, and the best bike trial system in the country linking Downtown with the other neighborhoods and suburbs.
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Old 06-19-2016, 12:48 PM
 
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I kind of wish people would stop including Ann Arbor which is 45 min from Detroit in vs threads. And the burbs period. Everything positive about Detroit isn't royal oak (over rated) or grossed points
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Old 06-19-2016, 01:03 PM
 
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Minneapolis
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Old 06-19-2016, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Carver County, MN
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I kind of wish people would stop including Ann Arbor which is 45 min from Detroit in vs threads. And the burbs period. Everything positive about Detroit isn't royal oak (over rated) or grossed points
Oh wow. I was not aware that Ann Arbor was that far from Detroit. Then yeah, its kind of strange to claim it as part of Detroit. That would be almost like Minneapolis claiming St. Cloud or Rochester.
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:29 PM
 
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Oh wow. I was not aware that Ann Arbor was that far from Detroit. Then yeah, its kind of strange to claim it as part of Detroit. That would be almost like Minneapolis claiming St. Cloud or Rochester.
Yes I live east in Detroit & it takes about 45 min from the east side. The west side is closer but its at least 25 min from the very edge of the west side
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:32 PM
 
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I kind of wish people would stop including Ann Arbor which is 45 min from Detroit in vs threads. And the burbs period. Everything positive about Detroit isn't royal oak (over rated) or grossed points
The OP asked about the suburbs/metropolitan area. So including Royal Oak makes sense, and I don't think that it is overrated. Bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, the Zoo, etc. It is pretty fun.

You cannot separate the suburbs from Detroit as it acts as a integrated metropolis. People work, dine, shop, and go out across the region.

Regarding Ann Arbor, it is part of the metropolitan area. It is on the western extremity of the region. Ann Arbor does act as an anchor to the western suburbs of Detroit such as Plymouth, Canton, Northville, etc. Detroit metro airport is practically equidistant between the two cities.

But what about Windsor? Birmingham? Ferndale? Rochester? Northville? Plymouth? Dearborn? Mt. Clemens? Wyondotte?
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Old 06-19-2016, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Technically, there are suburbs within Metro Detroit that are farther than it is from Detroit to Ann Arbor. But the thing is those suburbs are contiguous with development or above all are more economically connected to Detroit.

Ann Arbor is pretty independent of Detroit in both economy and culture since a majority of people who live in Ann Arbor don't really commute out of Ann Arbor. Even most of the small towns in Washtenaw County serve as mostly commuter suburbs to Ann Arbor.

There's some connection, but not really enough to consider them apart of the same metro area. Besides that, Ann Arbor doesn't add that much to Metro Detroit since most of the amenities the Ann Arbor has are already present in Metro Detroit just in smaller quantity (and of course with much more of a college atmosphere).
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