Michaela Merz

Detroit – the US‘ most dangerous city

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detroit-406894_1280I have never been to Detroit before but I have read quite a bit about its glorious past and the haunting present. And the city surprised me very much. What is visible especially at the airport is the fact that there are no taxis in this city but at the same time no public transport neither. Of course, in this automotive city almost everyone has a car. But how do those travel who cannot afford a car? I got to know that a first tram line is planned. The street from the airport to the city centre is lined by countless deserted, damaged houses. That looks very spooky. All the more surprising is the city centre. Proud glass tower buildings, cleanliness and completely empty streets. Yes, I now that in January, when the temperature is below zero, one does not stroll along the boulevards. But during my stay I saw no more than 5 people on the streets of this megacity. According to stories, the crime rate must be very high because the chauffeur who was driving me told me that he NEVER stops at a public petrol station. And we did not see there a single car. Way too many robberies happen there.

The city is perceived as dangerous and statistics confirm that. From the outside, behind a window, it does not look like that.

Population: 713,239
Violent crime rate:
2,137 per 100,000 residents

The Motor City tops the list of America’s Most Dangerous Cities for the fourth straight year thanks to a stubborn problem mostly with gang-related violence. Violent crimes — murder, rape, robbery and assault — fell 10% last year but are still running five times the national average.

The suburbs and the surrounding places are as one knows them from wealthy America. Well taken care of, generous, car friendly, clean. The people are extremely nice. I felt very much at ease with them. The only disadvantage of the entire stay was the missing warm water in the hotel. The hotel was completely booked out and the last room was the most expensive one. I did not have a choice. Thus I had two bathrooms, two bedrooms, living room, kitchen and countless TVs but no warm water. When I complained when checking out, the hotel apologized and did not ask for the payment. I was gobsmacked!!!

And since the blizzard unrightfully paralyzed New York but rightfully paralyzed Boston but missed Detroit, I was able to get home in time.

Detroit, good luck with building up the future!! I am convinced you will manage!!


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