has written 5 SperlingViews. Currently, tara is living in Phoenix, AZ and has a little something to say:
I have a bit of experience in most things, expert in few things.
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An interesting social study. Posted On: 3/12/2010 12:18:23 AM
Too much to summarize in a little blurb such as this.
I will say that this is the only city in the US where chain stores have all pulled out of. No Target or Walmart, just "Lotto and Liquor".
This is the only place I have been where someone wanted to assault me for no reason.
There are unique small stores and other things you will only find here.
Noir Leather, Jack Kevorkian's legacy, Detroit hats and style. Ethnic groups you won't find in large numbers anywhere else in the US.
And photo opportunities to die for, hey you probably will die if you dare take a picture here, haha.
It does break my heart to think of what its become, but I have never personally seen it to be Good.
Detroit, with tears in my eyes, I blow you a kiss goodbye.
(Please do not come here unless you are in an armored car.)
Fascinating, unreal. I actually love it. Posted On: 3/12/2010 12:00:45 AM
This place is an ideal setting for any movie. I think parts of Kill Bill were shot here.
It's.. I can't even begin to describe it. All it has is a small Walmart, which put it's tiny mall out of business.
Decrepit to the point of being overly quaint. "Barstow Betties" are the skuzzy women you might see wandering around, the soldiers and marines unlucky enough to be stationed nearby cram into the one tiny bar and pick up any Betty they see.
They do have a cute little college, cute little versions of many things. Dilapidated, creepy, they will shut down a whole restaurant if they spill a little grease. It's the type of place someone can get killed and no one will even investigate.
You've got to be crazy to want to come here. Hell! Posted On: 3/11/2010 11:53:23 PM
Yes, it has a lot of interesting and unique things, as most nasty places do.
But unless you are accustomed to living in NYC and/or the ghetto, you will have difficulty with everything.
I have never heard of having armed security guards in a family physicians office, but Philly has them.
Want to go shopping? You are forced to shop in Saks Fifth Avenue or drive 50 miles away to a suburb just for a store like Target.
Like to drive? You have to spend 20 per hour just to have your car parked.
Forget about walking, the streets are so crowded if you pause to look around you will get trampled. This is the only city where I actually hit a pedestrian, and it was considered a normal occurrence.
The roads have gigantic potholes, If someone has a breakdown or fender bender, they stop right in the middle of the road, they don't believe in pulling over. Really nasty people, and they all sound like Rocky Balboa.
God forbid there will be a snowstorm, of course there will it's winter silly. They don't plow or salt. They shut the whole city down, I hope you are safe at home when the snow starts and I hope your job won't fire you.
This is also the only place I have been where I have seen huge city rats, and they have more and larger cockroaches than anywhere in the world I have been.
Nice place, lots of culture and academia. Posted On: 3/11/2010 11:46:00 PM
Like most towns, there is the older inner city that should be avoided, obviously.
However, between WMU, Kalamazoo College and other universities, a lot of intellectual people and interesting things happen in this midsize town.
Not a bad place to live! Winters in this area of the United States, long and depressing. But it brings out new forms of culture and entertainment.
Lovely place, paradise! However... Posted On: 3/11/2010 11:38:51 PM
This is an almost magical place, small but full of so many things.
But it isn't a place for a working person to find sustinence.
The worst part is not the lack of jobs, but the nasty Northeasterners who have moved here. You might be enjoying a quiet day at the beach and hear them yelling at each other like barking seals, shattering your meditation.
A few of the businesses are full of their rudeness as well.
If you move here, or visit, be pleasant and enjoy.