Detroit, Michigan 48226
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Detroit, in all its insane glory, on two wheels.
I started the TDH with the idea of organizing a regular group spin through the East Side of Detroit. So far, that’s happened once, (and it was fun), but hasn’t been a group ride, mostly due to my lax organizational skills.
I like Detroit; I can’t answer why, exactly. It’s bizarre, unique, magnetic in its weirdness.
So every weekend I go on my ride, discovering and noting the eccentric and peculiar objects I find along the way.
I have never felt threatened. I have never been bothered by the people I ride by and meet. I find the opposite. Most people I see are simply very poor people trying to get on with their lives.
There are spots of hope; here and there I find people trying to re-invent the city. My friend Joe Posch made a telling and insightful point one day not long ago. He said that (quote not exact) ”suburbanites are always trying to remake Detroit into their idea of what a Detroit ought to be”. That’s doomed to failure. Detroit wasn’t much like that even when I was a kid, and I’m not a kid any more.
Fortunately, a younger generation, who can’t even try to remember was Detroit “used to be”, is accepting what it is, and trying to make something of it. It’s slow, and goes in fits and starts, but at least there are people out there trying.
You should take a ride below 8 mile some day, too. Even those who’ve chosen to live as far away as possible from the city’s center are affected by why happens in it, no matter how hard they try to ignore that fact.
It’s a shame more people won’t bother trying to find out what it’s really like.Web: http://tourdehood.wordp...