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Old 05-06-2015, 04:22 PM
 
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I enjoyed the Soo and driving thru the UP but stayed away from Detroit as I was told by a Michigander that "they will kill you." Seems to be the Muslim capital of the USA so would not want to be around that.
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Windsor Ontario/Colchester Ontario
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I enjoyed the Soo and driving thru the UP but stayed away from Detroit as I was told by a Michigander that "they will kill you." Seems to be the Muslim capital of the USA so would not want to be around that.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:00 AM
 
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I enjoyed the Soo and driving thru the UP but stayed away from Detroit as I was told by a Michigander that "they will kill you." Seems to be the Muslim capital of the USA so would not want to be around that.
I would be more afraid of thugs and gangs than I would be afraid of the well-to-do Lebanese of Dearborn. They make great food, too.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:03 AM
 
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I view it as place that the winter weather is too cold for me!
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:20 AM
 
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The perception of Michigan often aligns with the perception of Detroit, no matter how wrong that may be. To many people across the country Detroit IS Michigan.
I would be surprised given the average Geographic IQ in this country that any sort of correlation between Detroit and Michigan could be established.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:36 AM
 
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From a Texas POV and having never been to MI:

UP seems like a big nature reserve, not many people.

LP is mostly characterized by decaying urban areas and dead factory towns. Best decades solidly in the past. Good colleges, not much else going for it. Also Muslims.

Just stating perception, I'm sure reality is different.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Work in NYC - Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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I have to admit that I do not know too much about Michigan. I went to Lansing once when my cousin went to school there.
But my perception of Michigan overall is that there are alot of poverty, close-minded people and plenty of bigotry.
As an overall, it is a blue-collar state that is declining due to outsourcing.
Again, I might be wrong. I apologize if my perception is wrong.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:18 AM
 
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From a Texas POV and having never been to MI:

UP seems like a big nature reserve, not many people.

LP is mostly characterized by decaying urban areas and dead factory towns. Best decades solidly in the past. Good colleges, not much else going for it. Also Muslims.

Just stating perception, I'm sure reality is different.
Outside of Detroit Metro, you will hardly find Muslims. West Michigan is known as being overwhelmingly White and Christian. Even Jews are hard to find on the west coastal areas of Michigan.

Grand Rapids, the second most populous metro barely has Muslims and I think the Jewish population is near zero.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:25 AM
 
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Most people outside the great lakes midwest don't know much about mchigan. They may know something about Detroit (urban decay, car industry) but there is a great share of people in this country who don't even know Detroit is in Michigan.

My opinion of Michigan is that it's kind of a midwestern, freshwater version of Florida. In fact, there is a lot of exchange between the two states. A lot of Michiganders relocated to Florida, and in Michigan during the summer you will see a lot of Florida plates (snow birds). Most Michiganders, if they take a vacation, it's either "up north" (northern Michigan), Chicago, or somewhere in Florida.

In terms of beauty, it's definitely the most beautiful midwestern state. Wisconsin and Minnesota, its only major competition, lack the UP or just the sheer amount of Great Lakes coastline. They might have what Michigan has but in smaller quantities. However, Michigan cities are struggling, and much of SE Michigan is rather an ugly sprawl fest.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:36 AM
 
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Most people outside the great lakes midwest don't know much about mchigan. They may know something about Detroit (urban decay, car industry) but there is a great share of people in this country who don't even know Detroit is in Michigan.

My opinion of Michigan is that it's kind of a midwestern, freshwater version of Florida. In fact, there is a lot of exchange between the two states. A lot of Michiganders relocated to Florida, and in Michigan during the summer you will see a lot of Florida plates (snow birds). Most Michiganders, if they take a vacation, it's either "up north" (northern Michigan), Chicago, or somewhere in Florida.

In terms of beauty, it's definitely the most beautiful midwestern state. Wisconsin and Minnesota, its only major competition, lack the UP or just the sheer amount of Great Lakes coastline. They might have what Michigan has but in smaller quantities. However, Michigan cities are struggling, and much of SE Michigan is rather an ugly sprawl fest.
Not all Michigan cities are struggling. But their stories are unfortunately not often told, and they are not auto centric.
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