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Detroit...safe?

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Detroit...safe?

Alright, I'm sure you get asked this a thousand times, but is the city of Detroit safe? I'm thinking of coming up in January for a pistons game so i'd be staying right around the areana. Is there anything to do around there?

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1. Re: Detroit...safe?

I lived in Detroit most of my life and believe it's no better or worse than most other large US cities. There are areas that are wonderful and others where I wouldn't venture. If you go out in the city, just use common sense and be aware of your surroundings.

The Pistons play in The Palace in Auburn Hills which is about 30 miles north of downtown near I-75. If you want a hotel around there, try Rochester Hills near the Chrysler Headquarters or in Pontiac.

If you want to stay downtown, there's the Marriott at Renaissance Center, Courtyard or Hilton Garden Inn. There's lots to do around, but things are spread out.

Near The Palace are Great Lakes Crossing, a large mall, and Meadowbrook Hall and Cranbrook, two former estates that are open for tours. There are lots of restaurants and shops in downtown Birmingham or Royal Oak, about midway between Detroit and Auburn Hills.

In the city, there is the Art Institute, Science Center, Motown Museum and the three casinos. About 10 miles west of downtown in Dearborn is The Henry Ford, it's an indoor-outdoor museum that has Thomas Edison's lab where he invented the lightbulb and phonograph, the Wright Brother's Shop where they built the airplane and other historic buildings. The indoor museum has a great collection of cars including most of the Presidential limousines.

You can also head to Canada for dinner or the Windsor Casino . To cross the border, you need a passport or proof of identity (driver's license) AND citizenship (original birth certificate).

You don't say when in January you're planning to come, but if it's near the end of the month, you may have difficulty finding a hotel because of the Super Bowl.

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Let me be the first to tell you, The Pistons play about as far from Detroit as you could possibly get and still say you went to "Detroit". Imagine one of St. Louis' most secure, sterile, and bland suburbs, and you will have an idea of the area surrounding the Palace. If you are staying in Auburn Hills you will be totally safe and might very well be bored out of your mind.

The region around Auburn Hills is composed of hard core suburbia. If you like strip malls, with their franchised bars, and gated communities you will love it. Neighboring cities like Pontiac, Lake Orion, and Rochester do have downtowns that offer some nightlife and that may be all you're looking for, but if you want to visit the City of Detroit, you'll have about a thirty minute drive.

I suggest you take that drive and experience the city for yourself. Then when you return to St. Louis you can tell people that Detroit has bad areas just like St. Louis has bad areas but you can still have a good time.

You should post activities that you are interested in while in Detroit and then people could suggest places that match your interests and are safe.

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coreysmale,

Detroit is getting better especially around Comerica Park and Ford Field. The Pistons play out in the suburbs so crime isn't a major issue there. Checkout Greektown and Motor City casinos. Its very safe around these areas and its good for night life. There are some areas you will want to avoid Highland Park is one of them.

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Citylights and MC1 just about nailed this answer for you coreys. If you're in for two days and one night to take in the Pistons, your best bet would be to book a hotel along I-75 in the Troy-Rochester-Auburn Hills area. There are Hilton, Residence Inn, Hampton, Fairfield Inn, Drury Inn, an upscale Marriott all dotting the 75 corridor from 14 Mile Road north to The Palace.