Good-bye to the Big D


Hey Detroit,

We’ve been seeing each other about a week now, right?

Probably not long enough to know for sure whether we’d make a successful go of things. But I’m leaving tomorrow and I’ve made my decision.

I won’t lie to you and say something obnoxious like, “It’s not you, it’s me.”

Because it’s definitely both of us.

You’re a very special lady, D. Your history and architecture alone would be enough to keep some folks happy for years.

But let’s be real. You need a LOT of work.

In fact, you need an army of well-funded investors to come in here and save your at-one-time-gorgeous ass.

I wish that I could be one of that army. But that’s not really my thing.

I’m a lover, not a fighter.

And this is pretty much a war zone here.

Sure, I could show one of your beautiful homes a little TLC.

But you and I both know it would just be a drop in the bucket.

You’ve got over 35,000 buildings that need saving, for cryin’ out loud.

Clearly, I’m underfunded and ill-prepared for this kind of fight.

Besides, at some point winter will blow into town. And I watch enough Game of Thrones to understand that living through winter without a proper furnace, thick insulation and a water-tight roof is just asking for trouble. Big, BIG trouble.

I won’t lie. That house on Grand Blvd tempted me something fierce. And maybe if it needed just one of those things, I could give it a go.

But honestly, if I have to put that much money into a home to make it livable — even if it does have the most gorgeous floors and trim I’ve seen — then I have to consider other options.

Mr. Perfect was willing to join me in the adventure, so don’t blame him. But he did point out that we could also put $50K into a house that was already livable.

And I looked for a home like that. Truly, I did.

The problem is that they’re aren’t many houses like that available in the right neighborhoods.

I found two. And let’s just say, I learned a long time ago to buy the worst house on the block — not the best.

So, I’m sorry, D. It’s just not a good fit for us right now.

You need to know that you’ve left an indelible mark on me and I’ll never forget you.

Or your people. Seriously. They are your best asset.

They’re friendly and creative and full of grit. Plus, they stuck around when most others left.

They’re a strong lot, your people. Take care of each other, won’t you?

Your friend,

photo credit: Jose Chavarry via photopin cc



Filed under gratitude, Travel

3 responses to “Good-bye to the Big D

  1. cynthia

    dont you just hate being pragmatic? Kudos to you for the fine detailing of your Detroit exploration.

  2. I hate goodbyes. Let’s just say “so long” to Detroit. 😉

  3. David

    Thanks for the virtual adventure 🙂

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