I could be anywhere, even in Detroit!



The Renaissance Centre.

Entry #9   •   16th of November, 2014 Entry translated by  Pierre-Luc Roussel.
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Here are a few pictures/comments on the more positive aspects of the city. I took care to separate this from entry 8 (not yet public, editing needed) as i scrupulously want to show that I had fun in Detroit while I was at the same time struck to witness the state of indigence in which a lot of citizens live.

I did not find lodging in Detroit itself: my host lived in Grosse-Pointe, about 6 miles from downtown. I was not so far from the Charlevoix and Cadieux intersection, for those who know the spot.



Driving towards downtown, i stopped in Belle-Isle park. It was previously a municipal park but is now owned by the State of Michigan. Its nice but I guess its better to go there in summer.



I met at the Guardians' (a famous Deco art building) with Andréanne, a physicist who converted to journalism. She works south of the border in Windsor, Canada (look on a map, Detroit is north from Canada... that must be why its so cold here! ). As we were in the Motor City, we went driving around (Mo)town (in a car, yes!)




Left : the Renaissance centre, which became an emblem of the city. Center : the train station, now abandoned and windowless (i know someone who went in there lately but i'm not saying who). Right : A bakery where everything looked yummy!




Detroit is also a hockey town. I went to a watch a 'Wings game in a pub on friday with my host Chris and his cousin, against Chicago. The was also a game against Montreal on sunday, but i missed it. I had checked if there was somewhere on my route i could stop to watch it, but somehow i managed to miss it.




I personally think we should replace MLK by McClure, but thats another question (not that R. Parks died in Detroit).




Here is Sacred-Heart church in Dearborn. It was apparently financed by the government of Irak. A large part of Dearborn's population is issued from Arab immigration, especially Lebanese, with many Chaldean. The letters SH, found in the church heart, stand for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but many saw a subtle tribute to Saddam Hussein, whom by the way received the keys to the city of Detroit at a time when he was in better terms with the US government, that is during the Irak-Iran war.