I was looking at a couple articles on the web and realized how easy I can be manipulated by the writers thoughts coupled with the right picture. If
I didn't look any farther, if I just took everything at face value, it would be easy for someone to sway me into believing whatever it is that they
wanted me to.
I decided to try this for myself. I took a city (Detroit I know has had some bad times and is recovering from them) and found some bad pics and good
pics of it, then created my own stories based around those pics.
Neither of these stories hold any truth...I don't know what Detroit is or isn't like, I don't live there. But, if you were reading this stuff, if
it was the headline of your favorite major news outlet...would you believe?
Anyhow... it was just a quick writing experiment that I thought would be ok to post in the short stories forum.
This is Detroit
Or this is what they don't want you to see. Once a booming, prosperous city, it now stands mostly vacant. Crumbling buildings can be found on street
after street. Decaying just as quickly as the hopes and dreams of the people who live there.
They've been hiding it from you. But I wanted people to know the truth. The truth is, most of Detroit looks like a war zone. In some areas it is
heavily militarized. There has been an increase in what they call "gang wars". But what it really is is just people fighting over food and trying to
While I was there I saw a few young children toting guns. You could see in their eyes that they were willing to do what it took to get what they
needed. I saw heavily armed police patrolling, dressed more like military personnel with their riot gear on. In some places, there is no police
presence at all, the people are left to fend for themselves. In the areas that are still policed, there is a curfew in place. Off the street by dark,
anyone found on the street will be arrested or worse.
The sad part is that people still live here. Basically ignored or forgotten by the masses. Wherever violence is, drugs follow. And the streets are
heavy with both. It is not uncommon to have bullets whiz by your head while out in the open or even while in the safety of what they call home. To
have someone walk up to you in broad daylight, just to beat you up and take your valuables.
The children here have no access to clean running water as the city long ago shut off the supply. No one can afford to pay for it. Two types of
schooling available: Home school or send your children trekking through the dangers of this area so they can catch a bus that takes them out to the
better parts of town. Letting them walk through the bullets and drug ridden streets in the wee hours of the morning everyday is not the preferred
option. So, most parents home school with whatever books they can find to do so with...
This is Detroit
Detroit...one of the most beautiful cities in the United States. Full of history and culture. Where the past mixes with the present, and the people
charge forward into the future. United together, we stand shoulder to shoulder, having within us a strong sense of purpose and understanding about
what that future will be. We're focused on building a better life for the generations that come after us, while remembering the generations that
That is what they say about Detroit. I just visited there and I have to say, it really is true. The city is full of historical memorials/buildings
intermixed with new, innovative, and modern architecture. I spent a day on the river walk, relaxing and taking in the lush and beautiful scenery. I
sat on the benches and watched as the ships came and went, staring across the water at the shores of a foreign country.
I took in a show at the Fox theater, spent a day at the Detroit zoo, visited Greek town , Ford field, walked around the GM Renaissance Center and
spent hours walking around the many museums and art shows there. I shared a few laughs with the locals at the comedy club and danced the night away
at the oldest jazz bar in town. The city is jam packed full with things to do!
One of the cleanest, most affordable places to live, many people are flocking there in droves now. The unemployment rate trending to become one of the
lowest in the nation, jobs are plentiful and the average salary is quite good. The city is growing in all the right directions. And it shows no signs
of slowing down.
The locals are some of the friendliest people I've ever met. Every place I went they greeted me with a heart felt smile and warm welcome. Offering me
help when I needed it and a couple even offering to share a cab with me when they found out I was going in the same direction.
I will definitely be going back to Detroit soon. Even though I spent a full week there, I felt like I could spend a year and never fully be able to
explore all the sights and beauty that it has to offer. If you are looking for a beautiful, friendly, and prosperous city to vacation in or relocate
to...Detroit should be on the top of your list.
As always, thanks for reading,