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All Star Game Visitors: What Did You Think of DEE-troit?

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All Star Game Visitors: What Did You Think of DEE-troit?

Major League Baseball put on a pretty good show. How do you think the City did supporting it?

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1. Re: All Star Game Visitors: What Did You Think of DEE-troit?

Game was great, city was behind it all the way unfortunatly you can't be an island of sucess in a sea of failure....not for long anyway.

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.....unfortunatly you can't be an island of sucess in a sea of failure....not for long anyway.

Unfortunatly, it is comments like BrightonBill's that do more harm than good to the image of Detroit. While I was not in Detroit for the all star game I was there Memorial weekend. I find that it is all too easy to kick someone or in this case something down as opposed to building it up. What was the purpose of adding the last part of your comment? Recall the basketball game with Indiana, it happened in Auburn Hills, (another suburb closer to Pontiac) but Detroit caught the negative press because the media doesn't know about Auburn Hills or Brighton. BB while you may not live in the city, the perception of Detroit does impact the surrounding area.

By the way I heard game was a public relations success and my trip to Detroit was very good. I feel just a safe visiting Detroit as I would NYC, Jamaica, West Indies or Washington, DC. Common sense prevails, like don't leave your keys in a running car, I saw that happen a few times in Maryland!!(your insurance won't pay off if your car is stolen).

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niecie,

I was just expressing my opinion. When a city, any city, thinks having casinos is more important than have the nations oldest aquarium they have a problem (they closed the aquarium on belle isle due to budget shortfalls).

The main reason visitors go to a city is to explore it, take in the sights. Yes the All Star game was a reason to go, a one day reason.

I grew up in Detroit and have watched the steady downfall over the last 5 decades. What was once a vibrant place for people to go has turned into a wasteland with "islands of sucess" scattered about.

I have traveled the world and the US and have seen what other cities have done to improve their image. Not all have the right formula of course but many do (Chicago, Cleveland to name a couple).

I am not sure what it will take for Detroit to return to the previous glory but I know it does not involve casinos.

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Detroit is improving but it has a long way to go. No jobs equals poverty plain and simple. I think I'd have to say Kingston is much worse than Detroit so I don't know where the other poster was referring to in Jamaica. Here are two steps to improving Michigan's economy: Vote Granholm out and dismantle the unions so that the automakers can be competitive globally by paying reasonable wages in comparison to the rest of the country.

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I have to respond to a few comments made here:

Detroit is a fluctuating city: it moves through periods of restoration and declination, just like other big cities. I think the casinos are a +, but 3 are enough.

Yes, getting rid of Granholm is a necessity if Michigan is to return to the progressive state it was. She's been a huge disappointment. We need jobs and she goes to Germany...Germany a country with atrocious unemployment and, at the time she went, was a country who made it clear that we were not on their A list {{{shaking head}}}. Anyway, Detroit needs to get itself a new mayor too. Someday they're going to get it right.

I also think its time that people quit parroting the old line about auto workers getting paid too much. What country are you wanting the auto industries to compare themselves too? You can't compare apples to oranges. GM and Ford are comparable and they pay wages accordingly. GM and Ford have taken the automotive technology advanced by U.S. auto workers to foreign soils and made billions. It's ridiculous to think that U.S. GM and Ford workers should make the same wages as another country, or should make the same as a smaller company.

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travelette,

Definitely not considering the auto workers compete at a global wage level but definitely at a national one. Many plants have closed and gone to Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, and other non-union states where they can be more cost competitive. Not all of the jobs have gone to Mexico although many have. Wage decreases are better than unemployment.

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GM and Ford union members have taken numerous cuts in wages and benefits—many of which the public knows nothing about—while the CEOs continue to collect outrageous salaries and perks. Union members will continue to sacrifice in an effort of cooperation to strengthen the companies. These negotiations are an internal matter than can't possible be understood by outsiders...so, please, try to understand, when I ask you, in all sincerity, to direct such comments to a political or business forum and not to a travel board forum. Thank you.

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8. Re: All Star Game Visitors: What Did You Think of DEE-troit?

Wages for factory workers here are higher than any other state. That is a fact. I will move on since this is a travel forum.

Detroit is making progressive steps but many more improvements are needed. I hope all come and see the added features for this year's Superbowl.