Hello to all of you - I am new to Cyburbia; originally from Detroit (born and raised in the suburbs but of late I lived on Forest near Wayne State U). I moved to Chicago in October of '06 to finish my BA and then to get a Masters in Urban Planning. I originally went to the University of Michigan (pre-architecture), but left after 3 1/2 years.
I spent the last year I was in Detroit trying to make a difference - I was trying to open a bar/restaurant, or buy a couple of apartment buildings, but I encountered so much resistance. No help from the community, other business owners, real estate agents, banks, the city, etc. Living near Detroit my whole life, I always imagined what a great place it could be - there are (were) so many amazing historical and significant buildings that lay waste. Most everyone from the suburbs won't even go downtown, unless it's for a game or to go to the casino, and then they immediately walk to the parking structure and head back out to go home. A shame, and a waste. Great buildings being razed, real estate sitting vacant with bogus "For Sale" signs on the door.
I needed to move away from the city and see a place that is working so I could gain some perspective on my hometown. I look forward to talking to all of you!