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Old 02-09-2016, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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A2 has more independent shops and less chains. It's more preference than whether one is better than the other, I think. But as far as actual volume of options, A2 loses pretty hard in this regard.
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Old 02-09-2016, 07:53 PM
 
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People in AA come to Detroit to shop ALOT. Nobody I know goes to Ann Arbor to shop. AA has an ok shopping scene but it's far from the best in the state. Somerset and Great Lakes alone would beat AA. As for as the food scene, I doubt it outstrips Detroit in variety but I would love to see what it offers.
This speaks to something else I really love about Ann Arbor over the Detroit suburbs I grew up in, there's an actual sense of identity. Somerset and Great Lakes Crossing are not in Detroit. Great Lakes Crossing is nearly as far away from the city as Ann Arbor is, in fact. You'll note that I specified "individual suburbs", I'm well aware that the 4 million person metro area outstrips the 150,000 person city. Ann Arbor is a municipality in a wider region and I would probably not live in its functional equivalent if it did not have access to everything metropolitan Detroit offers. It's not a competition.

I'll stand on my food hill, though, and die here if necessary. You would have to take a lot of restaurants from the entire tri-county area to equal the selection in variety available in the several block radius of downtown Ann Arbor. Detroit is up coming in this regard, and as a downtown worker I get to experience the best of both worlds... Dime Store for lunch and Frita Batidos for dinner.
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Old 02-10-2016, 12:20 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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A2 has more independent shops and less chains. It's more preference than whether one is better than the other, I think. But as far as actual volume of options, A2 loses pretty hard in this regard.
Yeah it's true from what I've seen of Ann Arbor. Alot of local spots to check out.

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This speaks to something else I really love about Ann Arbor over the Detroit suburbs I grew up in, there's an actual sense of identity. Somerset and Great Lakes Crossing are not in Detroit. Great Lakes Crossing is nearly as far away from the city as Ann Arbor is, in fact. You'll note that I specified "individual suburbs", I'm well aware that the 4 million person metro area outstrips the 150,000 person city. Ann Arbor is a municipality in a wider region and I would probably not live in its functional equivalent if it did not have access to everything metropolitan Detroit offers. It's not a competition.

I'll stand on my food hill, though, and die here if necessary. You would have to take a lot of restaurants from the entire tri-county area to equal the selection in variety available in the several block radius of downtown Ann Arbor. Detroit is up coming in this regard, and as a downtown worker I get to experience the best of both worlds... Dime Store for lunch and Frita Batidos for dinner.
That's fair... I'm not familiar enough with AA to compare the food scenes although I would love to try some restaurants in Ann Arbor when I get the chance (if you have any suggestions).
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Old 02-10-2016, 02:31 PM
 
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This speaks to something else I really love about Ann Arbor over the Detroit suburbs I grew up in, there's an actual sense of identity. Somerset and Great Lakes Crossing are not in Detroit. Great Lakes Crossing is nearly as far away from the city as Ann Arbor is, in fact. You'll note that I specified "individual suburbs", I'm well aware that the 4 million person metro area outstrips the 150,000 person city. Ann Arbor is a municipality in a wider region and I would probably not live in its functional equivalent if it did not have access to everything metropolitan Detroit offers. It's not a competition.

I'll stand on my food hill, though, and die here if necessary. You would have to take a lot of restaurants from the entire tri-county area to equal the selection in variety available in the several block radius of downtown Ann Arbor. Detroit is up coming in this regard, and as a downtown worker I get to experience the best of both worlds... Dime Store for lunch and Frita Batidos for dinner.
I'm beg to differ

I would argue that the core of Detroit - Midtown, Downtown, Corktown, Eastern Market, Mexicantown, East Riverfront, The Villages, Hamtramck, even across the river to downtown Windsor - would have more and diverse culinary offerings than downtown and Kerrytown Ann Arbor. But like MS313, I am not too familiar with Ann Arbor's scene.

For instance Soul Food-ish offerings in the core include Urban Soul in Lafayette Park, the newly re-opened Southern Fires Bistro and Lounge near Belle Isle, Detroit Vegan Soul in West Village, Starter's in Midtown, and Floods, Sweetwater Tavern, and the recently re-opened Mo Better Blues in downtown.

Mexican - just go down Vernor Highway or the touristy "Mexicantown" area on Bagley.

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean - Al Karar, Athens Café, Mike's Kabob Grille, CK Mediterranean Grill, and Greektown in downtown, Falafill in Midtown, and all of Hamtramck

Then you have the hipster restaurants that have opened up like Republic, and Wright & Co. in downtown, Ottava Via and Rubbed in Corktown, and Selden Standard and Chartreuse Kitchen in Midtown, and on and on.

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