I went to Detroit for the day on Monday. A friend asked me to accompany her as she went to drop off some paperwork in order to receive a visa to travel abroad. I happily obliged, since a.) I’d never been to Detroit b.) I enjoy road-trips and c.) I didn’t want to do laundry on my day off. Here’s what I concluded after a visit to Detroit:
1. Metal detectors are the new must-have item for all buildings in Detroit.
We stopped at a Chase bank to get some forms notarized before we dropped them off, and even the bank had a metal detector procedure we had to go through. The entrance to bank accommodated only one individual at a time. That individual had to open the door, go in, close the door, walk through the metal detector, wait for the first door to close completely and for the go-ahead from the detector, and then they were allowed to gain entrance into the actual bank. Meanwhile, the second individual outside was not able to enter or open the door until the first individual had completely entered said bank, and the second door was shut. All that to find out that they don’t do notarizations for people who don’t have accounts there (even though I did, but the paperwork wasn’t in my name.)
2. Hitsville USA should be redubbed Shitsville, Detroit.
I’m very aware that Detroit has a reputation for not holding the best quality of living standards. I was aware that it was filled with residents that didn’t have hefty financial means. However, I didn’t expect the Motown museum to be tucked in the back alleys of Detroit. I was expecting something with a little more pizzazz and not so…cheap 1970s – hourly rates motel kinda vibe. We decided not to actually visit the museum after seeing the neighborhood it was in. We road in my friend’s extremely nice SUV, and we both had ideas if we went inside and looked around, when we came out the wheels might be missing.
3. I experienced ihop for the first time.
I was hungry and it was immaculate. I had the bacon & egg cheeseburger along with a chicken salad. Both met my expectations. Next time, we’ll try something from the breakfast section. However, I don’t believe that next time will include a trip to Detroit.
4. Motor City Hotel & Casino looks beautiful from the outside.
We didn’t go in, so I can’t vouch for the inside, but I loved the design of the exterior. Aside from the automobile industry, there is no reason something so lovely deserves to be in Detroit. And speaking of the auto industry, at least I got to see where my portion of the $800 billion auto bailout went.