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3 Great Reasons To Move To Detroit

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

From the ashes the city of Detroit must rise to continue its 300-year history. Yes, the Motor City has taken an economic nosedive in the past few decades, but the city is alive and rising. Here, we'll look behind the negative reporting to see a vibrant city core with these three great reasons to move to Detroit.

1. The City's Got Soul

For nearly a century, the city has housed musical legends from Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin to Bob Seeger, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock and Eminem. Let's not forget that Detroit is where Motown Records was founded, giving birth to the classic "Motown Sound." Its artists had over 100 hits and broke racial barriers. A quick trip to the Motown Museum with guests will leave you feeling the beat of the Jackson 5, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson and prove to others why Detroit reigns supreme. Today, Detroit is known as the birthplace of techno music and is a good place to get your groove on. If popular music is not your style, listen to Detroit's well-respected symphony or opera companies.

2. Game On All Season

The game is on all season here with some of the best sports teams in the nation. Known as "Hockeytown," Detroit plays host to the National Hockey League's Red Wings. Several other pro teams play in or just outside of the city itself: the Pistons (basketball) call nearby Auburn Hills home, while the Lions (football) and Tigers (baseball) are set up in midtown. All four national sports have their own stadiums. Prefer water sports? Since 1916, sailboat racing is a popular Detroit sport with hydroplane racing a close second.

3. Neighborhoods Being Revitalized

While the outer suburbs are still rebounding, Detroit's urban neighborhoods are springing back to life. Downtown, Midtown and New Center are particularly popular with nearly full residency rates and many national companies are building new or purchasing existing buildings. Downtown is especially popular with the younger crowd, but it was also named a best city neighborhood to retire by CNN Money Magazine. Unlike many cities today, Detroit cares about its older architecture, as a large number of skyscrapers, residences and places of worship are on the National Register of Historic Places. Outside of these urban areas, builders are making use of older lots by infilling, helping to improve depressed neighborhoods.

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