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Old 06-07-2017, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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A couple of stray observations about Detroit:
An awful lot of y'all smell like extremely strong weed. Not that I mind. I just haven't noticed that anywhere else. Not even in Amsterdam.
Due to our rather poorly written, and often loosely interpreted medical marijuana law its almost legal in this state. Anybody with $100 and a "bad back" or chronic "anxiety" can get a prescription. You don't really need a serious verifiable medical reason. Almost any pot shop can give you a list of doctors to go see for the card.
Add to that most cops don't waste time harassing users anymore unless you give them a reason.
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Old 06-07-2017, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Sounds like you made good use of your time. It is funny how so many people from other places end up more familiar with today's Detroit than many locals are. Thousands of people form the suburbs have not been downtown in twenty years.

"(I later read that this is where Grand Funk Railroad got their band name.)" Possibly from the railroad, not from the bar. Until pretty recently that bar was called Forans and specialized in different types of corned beef.

Pegasus is ok. It is a bit tourist oriented. There are better places in Greektown, you will have to try some more when you come back.

I love the beach. The food is not great and overpriced, but it is fun to sit out there for lunch - except sometimes you do get sun on you.


Northern Lights is a great jazz club, not quite the greatest, but up there. Did they have a live band?

DIA is often claimed to be one of the top 3 art museums in the USA. You can easily spend a day there, even if you are not an art lover. The DIA is free to residents of Wayne and Oakland Counties. I do not know why I do not spend more time there. Maybe because it is right here and free. I can always go some other day.


An awful lot of y'all smell like extremely strong weed. I have never noticed this. Maybe just hanging in different crowds. Other than at concerts where everyone who attends smells like weed, I have not really noticed that smell all that often.

"There's far more to do in Detroit than you can do in a weekend." - Many points of interest can take a whole weekend by themselves, especially if you like history or architecture.

"Shade is impossible to find in certain parts of Detroit during the middle of the day." - Sunlight is pretty rare. When we get it, most people are so happy to see it they forget to be hot or blinded. Most of the time, any light that hits you or the Q stops is very welcome. It is rarely hot.

"I assume that contributed to the good cheer of the folks in the city." Tigers bring in a lot of people from the suburbs. We are a very sports oriented town. Luckily our teams usually do very well (except Lions) so people are happy a lot.

"All in all, we had an amazing time and were super impressed by how pleasant and welcoming everyone was. We're looking forward to another visit." Great. It is wonderful to have people enjoy the city and return. This is not a bad place to live BTW.


Thanks for letting us know.
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:11 AM
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"(I later read that this is where Grand Funk Railroad got their band name.)" Possibly from the railroad, not from the bar. Until pretty recently that bar was called Forans and specialized in different types of corned beef.

I can't remember where I read this, but your explanation makes more sense than naming their band after a bar.



Northern Lights is a great jazz club, not quite the greatest, but up there. Did they have a live band?

No, but we were there in the daytime, I noticed they had a stage and posters advertising upcoming concerts, though. We are jazz fans, and I hope next time we visit we can take in a jazz show. May I ask what are a couple of your favorite jazz clubs or local musicians?

DIA is often claimed to be one of the top 3 art museums in the USA.

I believe it. We visited Paris and Amsterdam earlier this year and went to many of the great museums there, and I was still very impressed by the DIA.


An awful lot of y'all smell like extremely strong weed. I have never noticed this. Maybe just hanging in different crowds. Other than at concerts where everyone who attends smells like weed, I have not really noticed that smell all that often.

We noticed this several times on the Q'Line, and at the liquor store in Greektown. Maybe you guys just have a different strain of the stuff than we usually have back home.


"Shade is impossible to find in certain parts of Detroit during the middle of the day." - Sunlight is pretty rare. When we get it, most people are so happy to see it they forget to be hot or blinded. Most of the time, any light that hits you or the Q stops is very welcome. It is rarely hot.

That's interesting. I didn't realize sunshine was a rarity in Detroit. I wear progressive lenses, and it could be that the sunlight and reflections are magnified by those. Also, being from Atlanta, where trees are everywhere, it was a bit jarring to be in the sun with no shade for several blocks. This is not a complaint, just an observation of something that is different than my hometown.


Thanks for letting us know.
Thanks for all the info. I still haven't figured out how to do the multi-quote, so my responses are in bold.
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Old 06-08-2017, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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May I ask what are a couple of your favorite jazz clubs or local musicians?

Northern Lights, Cliff Bells, Bakers Keyboard Lounge (not in Downtown), Chene Park (Wednesday Summer) Campus Martius (Fridays Summer - free). Detroit Jazz festival. Unfortunately I do not pay that much attention to the names, I just go where my son or his jazz teacher, or peers/friends are playing, where my friends happen to want to go or wherever attracts my attention (or if Wynton Marseilles is playing and I can afford it wherever he is - he is my sons hero.) Sorry I just do not pay enough attention to the names of places. I do not have any particular band I follow. It is rare there is a band I do not like.



I had progressive lenses for a while - hated them with a passion, Luckily I lost them. They stay dark too long inside and do not really do any good outside. I just use prescriptions Ray Bans outside or nothing. We don't get that much sun.

Detroit does not have enough trees. That is quite true. Sad because it was once a big forest. However all the empty land all over is starting to get overgrown, maybe some trees will grow in. There are still plenty of trees outside the City though. And belle Isle has lots of trees and shade. Many of the older neighborhoods have loads of big trees too. It is mostly the dense areas (midtown, downtown, corktown etc with a paucity of trees. From up high like in the Ren Cen, it looks very treey. Especially in the fall.

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Old 06-08-2017, 08:28 AM
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May I ask what are a couple of your favorite jazz clubs or local musicians?

Northern Lights, Cliff Bells, Bakers Keyboard Lounge (not in the City), Chene Park (Wednesday Summer) Campus Martius (Fridays Summer - free). Detroit Jazz festival. Unfortunately I do not pay that much attention to the names, I just go where my son or his jazz teacher, or peers/friends are playing, where my friends happen to want to go or wherever attracts my attention (or if Wynton Marseilles is playing and I can afford it wherever he is - he is my sons hero.) Sorry I just do not pay enough attention to the names of places. I do not have any particular band I follow. It is rare there is a band I do not like.
Thanks. I'll keep those places on my radar when planning our next trip.
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Detroit
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I just returned from a weekend visit, and I'll share my experience.. I'm certainly no expert, but I hope I will answer a few of the questions that have been asked.

We arrived on Thursday (from Atlanta). We rode the people mover to Greektown and to get a look at the various parts of Downtown along the way, then when we got back to the area near our hotel we went to Grand Trunk Pub, a lovely bar/restaurant in an old railway ticketing office (I later read that this is where Grand Funk Railroad got their band name.)

After dinner and a few drinks, we walked over to the Guardian and, assuming it was closed, we looked in some windows to see the interior. Someone walking by said we were allowed to go in, so we did, and were totally blown away by the ornate interior. It was probably 10PM at that time, so yes, you most definitely can go into the Guardian.

The next day we rode the Q-Line (which is free until July) towards Grand Boulevard, but we got off the train earlier than we should have and wound up having lunch at Z's Villa (this feels like the middle of nowhere, but they had an excellent corned beef sandwich, great service, good drinks, and a beach volleyball court) before walking the rest of the way to Grand Blvd. We went into the Cadillac Building and had a look around. Nobody bothered us, so chalk that up as another building you are free to enter.

Then we walked over to Motown (a fairly long walk). Their tours begin on the hour and we missed one by a couple minutes, so we went to Northern Lights Lounge to kill some time until the next tour.

After Motown we went back to Greektown for dinner at Pegasus Greek restaurant, and walked back to our Downtown hotel and saw the beach they've set up on Woodward Avenue. Very cool to be able to have a drink and put your feet in the sand.

The following day we took the Fisher Building tour (free, 45 minutes long, well worth it, offered on Saturdays and Sundays) which is offered by Pure Detroit (they also do free tours of the Guardian). Like the Guardian, we were knocked out by how beautiful the building was. Totally different styles of decoration, but both were astonishing.

After that, we went back to Northern Lights, since our first visit was just a quick pit stop. I really like that place.

Then we went to DIA, which is one of the best art museums I've ever been to. The Diego Rivera murals are so incredible it's ridiculous, but the rest of their collection is very impressive, as well.

That evening we went to a concert at the Masonic Temple, with a quick stop into Temple Bar beforehand, then rode the Q back to the general vicinity of our hotel.

A couple of stray observations about Detroit:

An awful lot of y'all smell like extremely strong weed. Not that I mind. I just haven't noticed that anywhere else. Not even in Amsterdam.

Despite Detroit having a reputation as a dangerous city, at no time did anyone in our group feel unsafe.

There's far more to do in Detroit than you can do in a weekend.

Shade is impossible to find in certain parts of Detroit during the middle of the day. The sun reflecting off the sidewalk was so bright I was having trouble keeping my eyes open, and it started causing me physical pain. This sunlight turns some of the Q-Line stops into ovens.

While there, the Tigers destroyed the White Sox two nights in a row, and there was a Formula One race on Belle Isle. I assume that contributed to the good cheer of the folks in the city.

All in all, we had an amazing time and were super impressed by how pleasant and welcoming everyone was. We're looking forward to another visit.
Thanks for the input. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Btw yes weed culture is very strong in Detroit.
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Windsor Ontario/Colchester Ontario
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Thanks for the input. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Btw yes weed culture is very strong in Detroit.
It's very strong in Windsor too! Not uncommon to see people smoking right out in the open without even trying to hide it from passers by. I guess next year it will be even more pronounced when they legalize it recreationally across all of Canada!
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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It's very strong in Windsor too! Not uncommon to see people smoking right out in the open without even trying to hide it from passers by. I guess next year it will be even more pronounced when they legalize it recreationally across all of Canada!
Julian and Ricky are going to stop them from legalizing it.. I had a vision
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