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Old 02-21-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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I am traveling to the Royal Oak area of Detroit in a couple of days for the first time. I have heard of the dangers and whatnot that apply, but it seems that this applies to most major cities. Is there anything that i should beware of? Any advice is appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Royal Oak isn't actually an area of Detroit, it's an independent city north of Detroit. As far as dangers in Royal Oak, there aren't really any that I know of other than the basic stuff that you get anywhere outside of extremely rural areas- i.e. lock your car, lock your door, and don't pass out drunk in public covered in hundred dollar bills.

Royal Oak is a cool area with a nice younger crowd and very few problems. I hope you have a nice trip, and don't forget to come down into the city to see the DIA or a game or something while you're here.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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I am traveling to the Royal Oak area of Detroit in a couple of days for the first time. I have heard of the dangers and whatnot that apply, but it seems that this applies to most major cities. Is there anything that i should beware of? Any advice is appreciated.
There is nothing to worry about in 95% of Metro Detroit, and you have absolutely nothing to worry about in Royal Oak. It pains me that Detroit's reputation has been so tarnished nationally that people have such unsubstantiated fears of this region. Royal Oak is located in one of the wealthiest counties in the country. The only concern you should have in Royal Oak is tripping over a preppy kid in a polo shirt and designer jeans passed out drunk on the sidewalk, or choking on bad Starbuck's coffee.

No offense to you, as I am just using your post to vent a little bit, but the media's portrayal of Metro Detroit is ridiculous. The awful perception they've created is literally killing the inflow of businesses and population. The City of Detroit has a sizable number of abandoned buildings, especially industrial ones, which make great fodder for lazy journalists. They run and rerun these same images over and over again, ad nauseum, so everyone believes that we are living in Dante Alighieri's 9th circle of hell. It's complete garbage. The vast majority of suburbs are upscale, wealthy (even unapologetically snobbish) communities. The core parts of Detroit, i.e. downtown, Midtown, the Riverfront, etc. are all very safe and decently maintained. Millions of people pass through the city for events and conventions every year without incident. They stay at five star hotels and eat at five star restaurants and watch Broadway shows at world-class performance venues. Detroit's a gritty industrial city that has suffered excessive suburbanization and a declining auto industry. However, you will NOT be shot, beaten senseless, strong armed, taken hostage, or thrown into the river if you come here.

Enjoy your stay in Royal Oak, and if you want to see a side of Metro Detroit that they don't show you on TV, take a 5 minute drive to Birmingham. It's more akin to Beverly Hills, California than it is the nightmarish world portrayed in TIME Magazine.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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Oh god, you're going to Royal Oak?!?!? You're going to die.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area, Michigan
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Oh god, you're going to Royal Oak?!?!? You're going to die.
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Old 02-21-2011, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Huntington Woods, MI
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The only thing you need to worry about in Royal Oak is cars on lawns. According to JS that's an epidemic there.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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The only thing you have to worry about is feeding the meter.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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. However, you will NOT be . . . thrown into the river if you come here.

UNless you are Canadian.
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