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2013-08-02 12:14:36 AM  
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So here's what's happening in Detroit...

The lily-white hipster 20-somethings who recently moved there and think they're "taking back the city" are currently in a full-on PR drive online, telling everyone that in their 1-4 years living in Detroit (WOW, You've been there since 2009? You must know EVERYTHING about Detroit by now!) they have been part of a renaissance that is turning Detroit into a mecca for 20-something hipster artists.

The thing is, they're not the first generation to do this. They're not even the third. 20-something artsy kids have been going to Detroit and "taking it back" or "changing the city" or "bringing life back to Detroit" for the past 30 years or so. I know. I did it, too, with a group of like-minded artf*gs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Detroit was cool, because we were taking this garbage heap and doing cool artsy things that seemed challenging and daring to us at the time.

And then we all got older, wanted to have families, and moved the fark out of the Detroit area for places that weren't burnt-out cesspools ruled by corrupt politicians and murderous gangs. Just as the 20-somethings before us did, and the ones after us did, too. Boomers did it. Gen X did it (my generation). Gen Y did it. And now Millenials think they're the generation of young, hip artistic folks who are going to fight back the corruption and decay and make Detroit into a cool place like Ann Arbor, San Francisco, or The Village.

Until they reach their mid-late 20s and realize that NOPE, they're still all stuck inside this small "safe zone" near Comerica Park with the businessmen and old-timers who have watched the kids come and go, and that the "safe zone" has not expanded even one block in the five to ten years they'll live there. They'll realize that the vacant buildings, burned-down neighborhoods, gang-ruled territories, and corrupt cops aren't going to change, either. They'll realize that every politician who goes to Detroit does so because they know the city is corrupt and that the right people can make a good living screwing over the people who voted them into office.

Detroit's no nicer now than it was in the 90s. Or the 80s. Or the 70s. It's not going to become San Francisco because a group of plucky artsy 20-somethings paint a few murals and open a few niche shops. No, your bead shop isn't going to bring prosperity to Detroit; Not unless you're opening a factory and offering up about 10,000 jobs and some nice taxes in the process.

Show us pretty pictures of the safe zone all you want. Those of us who live in this state know it's all bullshiat. We've been in those spots. We know what lies just a few blocks in any direction. We know that won't change.

I rolled my eyes when they were trying to get the Robocop statue. I roll my eyes at the current crop of kids who think they're going to renovate a dead, corrupt, fundamentally broken, crime-ridden city with nothing but happy thoughts, trendy art projects, and shops that smell like an attic full of patchouli.

You can't fix Detroit. The only thing you're going to do is move away when you want to live somewhere safe for your kids, your spouse, and your career.
2013-08-01 02:19:41 PM  
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thismomentinblackhistory:   I woulda got the joke but did not know it was big in the gay community to use that stuff as lube back in the day. I guess you couldn't get tubs of lube if needed? I'm not gonna google this.

Commercially produced personal lubricant has been around for a very long time. They use butter packets in prison.

There are really some things in life I'd just rather not know about it.
2013-08-01 02:07:50 PM  
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I woulda got the joke but did not know it was big in the gay community to use that stuff as lube back in the day. I guess you couldn't get tubs of lube if needed? I'm not gonna google this.
2013-08-01 01:57:43 PM  
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2013-08-01 01:50:35 PM  
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I can't explain art, but I know what I like.

Everyone there deserves it.
2013-08-01 11:31:50 AM  
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Oh, they took it down, I hope everyone got a chance to goatse it
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