January 18, 2019

20 things that only a Detroiter could love

At one point or another, you've probably been asked, "Why do you live in Detroit?"

Sure, the winters are gloomy, the public transit is trash, and you really need a sense of humor to continue to support Detroit sports team. Despite all of this, Detroit is home, and it's one that we fiercely protect. Check out these 20 things that only a Detroit could love.

Words by Mike Dionne

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Getting drunk at 19 (thanks Windsor!)
We love telling tales of those few times we can remember between the ages 19 and 21, where a night out at the bar was worth the trip across the border to Canada.
Photo via Johan Fehr / Shutterstock.com

Getting drunk at 19 (thanks Windsor!)


We love telling tales of those few times we can remember between the ages 19 and 21, where a night out at the bar was worth the trip across the border to Canada.
Photo via Johan Fehr / Shutterstock.com
Watching traffic
Okay, the official name is the “Woodward Dream Cruise.” It’s one weekend in August where anyone who lives or works near Woodward either pulls up a lawn chair to watch cars inch by, or bitch about how inconvenienced they’ve become by car enthusiasts. We love our Motor City muscle, and we’ll breathe in all the fumes to prove it.
Photo via Steve Lagreca / Shutterstock.com

Watching traffic


Okay, the official name is the “Woodward Dream Cruise.” It’s one weekend in August where anyone who lives or works near Woodward either pulls up a lawn chair to watch cars inch by, or bitch about how inconvenienced they’ve become by car enthusiasts. We love our Motor City muscle, and we’ll breathe in all the fumes to prove it.
Photo via Steve Lagreca / Shutterstock.com
Being “versus everybody”
It often feels like it’s Detroit against the world. If you’ve never been here, you likely hold an unfavorable opinion of the city. But we don’t give a shit because we embrace the motto of Detroit vs. Everybody.
Photo courtesy of Hannah Ervin / Detroitstockcity.com

Being “versus everybody”


It often feels like it’s Detroit against the world. If you’ve never been here, you likely hold an unfavorable opinion of the city. But we don’t give a shit because we embrace the motto of Detroit vs. Everybody.
Photo courtesy of Hannah Ervin / Detroitstockcity.com
Being the perpetual “comeback city”
”Detroit’s coming back though.” How many times have you uttered such a phrase? Or heard someone else declare that Detroit is on a trajectory toward its former glory? When will we finally “be back?” The rebirth is ongoing, and we love it.
Photo via Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

Being the perpetual “comeback city”


”Detroit’s coming back though.” How many times have you uttered such a phrase? Or heard someone else declare that Detroit is on a trajectory toward its former glory? When will we finally “be back?” The rebirth is ongoing, and we love it.
Photo via Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com
When DEMF was free
”Movement? Oh, you mean DEMF? Yeah, I used to go when it was free.” Being the birthplace of techno is a love/hate endeavor for Detroiters. We love to claim the title while we dance in dark and dingy warehouses, but now we have to pay a pretty penny as big-name DJs take over Hart Plaza every Memorial weekend.
Photo courtesy of Leah Castile / Detroitstockcity.com

When DEMF was free


”Movement? Oh, you mean DEMF? Yeah, I used to go when it was free.” Being the birthplace of techno is a love/hate endeavor for Detroiters. We love to claim the title while we dance in dark and dingy warehouses, but now we have to pay a pretty penny as big-name DJs take over Hart Plaza every Memorial weekend.
Photo courtesy of Leah Castile / Detroitstockcity.com
Eminem & Kid Rock at the same time
One is a national hip-hop treasure and in the conversation for greatest of all time. The other is a joke to hip-hop, rock and country. One is a Trump disser. The other, an outspoken Trump supporter who almost ran for office. It’s impossible that anyone could love both unless you are from Detroit - as that is the only common ground between them.
Photos via Jstone / Shutterstock.com and Bryan Busovicki / Shutterstock.com

Eminem & Kid Rock at the same time


One is a national hip-hop treasure and in the conversation for greatest of all time. The other is a joke to hip-hop, rock and country. One is a Trump disser. The other, an outspoken Trump supporter who almost ran for office. It’s impossible that anyone could love both unless you are from Detroit - as that is the only common ground between them.
Photos via Jstone / Shutterstock.com and Bryan Busovicki / Shutterstock.com
Up North
The debate about where “Up North” officially begins rages on. But to Detroiters, the majority of our beautiful state is technically up north. That’s just more of a good thing, right?
Photo via Tom Reichner / Shutterstock.com

Up North


The debate about where “Up North” officially begins rages on. But to Detroiters, the majority of our beautiful state is technically up north. That’s just more of a good thing, right?
Photo via Tom Reichner / Shutterstock.com
h3>Talking shit about Detroit while defending Detroit
Much in the same way you would complain about your mom to your friends, but as soon as someone said anything negative about your mom, you would shut them up. That’s Detroit. We love to bitch and complain about the sports, the weather, the roads, the politicians, the events. But if anyone agrees with us, they are idiots who don’t know anything about the city we love more than any other -- ours.
Photo courtesy of Eric Liu / Detroitstockcity.com
h3>Talking shit about Detroit while defending Detroit
Much in the same way you would complain about your mom to your friends, but as soon as someone said anything negative about your mom, you would shut them up. That’s Detroit. We love to bitch and complain about the sports, the weather, the roads, the politicians, the events. But if anyone agrees with us, they are idiots who don’t know anything about the city we love more than any other -- ours.
Photo courtesy of Eric Liu / Detroitstockcity.com
P?czki Day
The rest of the country calls it Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday.” But here, it’s tradition to line up in the cold in Hamtramck to get an authentic piece of Polish heaven in the form of a jelly-filled doughnut. 
Photo courtesy of Brent Hofacker / Shutterstock.com

P?czki Day


The rest of the country calls it Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday.” But here, it’s tradition to line up in the cold in Hamtramck to get an authentic piece of Polish heaven in the form of a jelly-filled doughnut.
Photo courtesy of Brent Hofacker / Shutterstock.com
Throwing octopuses on the ice
It might not happen as often these days, and the ice might be graced with the name of a soggy pizza chain instead of a hardened boxer, but as long as we claim to be Hockeytown you can bet someone will sneak a slimy sea creature in their pants to show their support of our Red Wings.
Photo courtesy of J.Chizhe / Shutterstock.com

Throwing octopuses on the ice


It might not happen as often these days, and the ice might be graced with the name of a soggy pizza chain instead of a hardened boxer, but as long as we claim to be Hockeytown you can bet someone will sneak a slimy sea creature in their pants to show their support of our Red Wings.
Photo courtesy of J.Chizhe / Shutterstock.com