Before I came to this school I had never even considered living in Detroit. Whenever I heard the word Detroit, I would immediatly start thinking bad thoughts. I would think of robberies, massive shootings, gang fights, and homeless people. I always thought Detroit was such a bad city, until I came here for school. First of all, I wasn’t too happy about the fact that I was going to the University of Detroit Mercy anyways. I never even heard about it before and all I was thinking about is how i was going to get shot living there. When the day arrived for me to visit U of D, the drive was absolutely horrible. I have never seen so many abandoned houses, alleys, or stores. A lot of places were boarded up and in very bad condition. There were a ton of shady people walking around; Whether they were homeless or not, I could not tell. On average, more than 9,500 individuals and famlies are homeless on a night in Detroit (http://www.cotsdetroit.org/cots/aboutus_stats.wml?section=aboutus). It’s such a sad thing to think about that but as I rode in the car, we did not stop to give any of them money. Let’s just say I was to frightened, and all I wanted to do at that point was to get into the safe, fenced in area of Detroit Mercy.
Although I had so many predisposed thoughts, I wish I wouldn’t have judged the city like the way I did that day because come to find out Detroit really isn’t that bad. Living at U of D has really opened my eyes to new things. I have been to down town Detroit, which is amazingly beautiful. There are so many things to do down town that I could never get bored. I think my favorite place so far has been Campus Martius. My friends and I went down there around Christmas time with all the lights and the tree right in the center. And who could forget about Detroit’s sports teams?! I am the biggest Piston’s fan ever! Detroit has so much potential to become such a great city if the people living here all come together and do some good for it. Silverman and Rader say it best in the book The World is a Text, ” the space that surrounds us says a number of things about that particular location” (Silverman & Rader, pg. 482). I believe this statement to be very true about the city of Detroit. I bet once everyone works together this city could become a better place for people to enjoy.