For someone who doesn't live in Detroit but who visits now and then, I can attest that the city is getting better and better. Just like that old Beatles' song says. I tend to visit in the winter time when it's cold. Why? Because I spend most of my time in the balmy LA region and I enjoy visiting the cold. I appreciate it. I see it for what it is. I'm not weary of it. Yes, I know, I leave it behind but that's the whole point. I think the best love stories takes place in winter, not summer, when lovers have to bundle up and stay warm and drink tea and liquor and build fires to keep themselves going. They "feel" it. Some of my finest memories have taken place in the bitter freezing winters of Chicago, Boston, and a little less so in Nanjing, Shanghai, Paris, and Amsterdam. The United States just experienced one of it's coldest winters ever according to people who based their findings on their own memories, such as my 81 year old mother (New Jersey) and younger brother (Woodstock, NY). They didn't provide data spit out by the world changing googlized internet, just solid memory of never remembering it so "bad."
So if you have been keeping up with the change that's been going down in Detroit in the last few years and you decide to take the plunge and actually live there, be prepared for the cold, unless global warming warps to a new intensity (which may not be too far fetched based on the latest reports recently released from the international community of environmental scientists -- not the 2 percent upstart Republican earth science dropouts). And if you do move there and plant seeds, you're doing it at the exact right time. Never will there be a better time to move to Detroit in terms of economic value and civic and private support to help you along. There are literally dozens and dozens of organizations and funds available to newcomers and old comers, especially if you're attempting to start a business or purchase property and/or contribute to a growing community of tax paying citizens (I don't know how else to describe it in terms of economic and social class). Don't get me wrong, most of the change that has transpired and continues to transpire is downtown and midtown (up Woodward) leaving a vast domain of urban decay and mind boggling deterioration, including a bankrupt municipality and a sever lack of public services in those left out areas, but it's going to be inch by inch for a while until the landscape takes on a new glow. And that usually happens when no one is looking. Suddenly it's just there. Unlike me, don't wait until it's too late. Spend a couple of days on the internet with a handy cell phone and find out what's going on and what could go on for you and your future. The architecture alone is a good reason to move there if you're an urban dweller and you prefer that life style. And as mentioned, it's only going to get better and better -- but be prepared for the winter months.