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16th Oct '15 5:19:30 AM DeepRed
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If you're looking for the city commonly referred to as Motor City, you want UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}

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UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}.
28th Dec '13 6:28:21 PM oofgnileud
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If you're looking for the animated series, you want WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}.

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If you're looking for the animated series, you want WesternAnimation/MotorCity.

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If you're looking for the animated series, you want WesternAnimation/MotorCity.WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}.
29th Jan '13 8:08:59 PM Deboss
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If you're looking for the animated series, you want WesternAnimatation/MotorCity.

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If you're looking for the animated series, you want WesternAnimatation/MotorCity.WesternAnimation/MotorCity.
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[[redirect:UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}]]If you're looking for the city commonly referred to as Motor City, you want UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}

If you're looking for the animated series, you want WesternAnimataion/MotorCity.
19th Dec '12 2:55:45 PM MarkLungo
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/detroit_7293.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Detroit, on a nice day.]]

->''[[ItIsBeyondSaving "This city has no viable future."]]''
-->-- '''Michael Casserly''', executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools

'''Detroit, Michigan''' is the center of America's automotive industry. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have headquarters there. Its most recognizable structure is the Renaissance Center. In [[{{TheEighties}} 1980s]], there were parts of town where they would [[PlaceWorseThanDeath shoot at anyone]] [[NoTrueScotsman passing by in a Japanese car]]. Today the shooting is much less discriminate (for several years, it alternated back and forth with UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} for the distinction of the U.S. city with the highest murder rate).

It is geographically notable for a few reasons. Despite being separated from Windsor, Ontario by the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, it features the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing -- the Ambassador Bridge. It is also the only place in the contiguous 48 States where Canada is ''south'' of the U.S., since Windsor juts out to the west just so. Detroit itself is surrounded by smaller independent municipalities, who form the Detroit Metro area, and whose people get kind of cheesed off when everyone just lumps them in. With both a Spanish {{Univision}} station in Detroit and a {{CBC}} tower in Windsor rebroadcasting the main French feed from UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, it was for many years the only area in North America where you can watch free-to-air TV in three languages. [[note]]Providence, Rhode Island now has English, Spanish, and Portuguese stations. And Los Angeles has English, Spanish and Japanese-language stations.[[/note]]

The Metro Detroit area is home to a myriad of cultures and ethnicities, including one of the largest Arab populations in North America, centered in Dearborn (with a sizable [[UsefulNotes/{{Lebanon}} Lebanese]] outpost in West Bloomfield -- where they get along rather interestingly with the large Jewish population). It is also very economically and racially-segregated, with poorer minorities living in the city, the white working-class in the eastern suburbs, and the predominantly white and Asian American upper-middle-class in the western suburbs and Grosse Pointe. The Metro Detroit area ranks second in the nation in racial segregation, after Gary, Indiana.

Depending on who you ask, the city may be on the cusp of a rebirth, or completing the slide from DyingTown into GhostCity.

Detroit is also known as "Hockeytown" due to the [[NationalHockeyLeague Detroit Red Wings]] being a perennial StanleyCup contender.

'''Films set in Detroit or its nearby communities:'''
* ''{{Dreamgirls}}'', following the famous "Motown" music label and genre (the play is based in Chicago, but the movie places it in Detroit to make it closer its inspiration).
* ''FourBrothers''
* ''Film/{{RoboCop}}''
* ''[[EightMile 8 Mile]]''
* ''Detroit Rock City''
* ''GrossePointeBlank'' (Grosse Pointe)
* ''MaxKeeblesBigMove'' (Robe briefly referred to it, although he mixed it up with Chicago).
* ''Out Of Sight'' (based on the novel by beloved Detroit resident ElmoreLeonard)
* ''The Upside of Anger'' (Bloomfield Hills)
* ''GranTorino'' (Highland Park)
* ''Film/TheCrow''

'''TV shows set in Detroit:'''
* ''[[DetroitOneEightSeven Detroit 1-8-7]]''
* ''FreaksAndGeeks'' ([[CaliforniaDoubling faked-up Clinton Township]])
* ''Series/EightSimpleRules''
* ''HardcorePawn''
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' (Royal Oak)
* ''RoboCop'' again
* ''TransformersAnimated''
* ''{{Martin}}''
* ''SisterSister''
* ''{{Hung}}'' (Shot in West Bloomfield; set wherever rich women live in Metro Detroit, meaning mostly Oakland County)
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''

'''Musical acts from Detroit:'''
* Music/{{Aaliyah}}
* Music/AliceCooper
* Music/ArethaFranklin
* The "Belleville Three", Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, considered the founders of techno music
* The Black Dahlia Murder
* Music/BobSeger
* Music/{{Champtown}}
* Music/{{Dice}}
* The Dirtbombs
* Music/{{Eminem}} (Born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, though he spent most of his life in nearby Warren)
* Music/{{Esham}} (born in NewYorkCity; formed the Detroit-based rap label, Creator/ReelLifeProductions)
** Music/{{Natas}}
* Music/KidRock
* The Music/{{MC5}}
* Music/{{Madonna}} (born in Bay City [116 miles to the north], but raised in Rochester Hills, a suburb in Oakland County)
* Most of the Creator/{{Motown}} Records artists in the 1960s and '70s, including but not limited to the Four Tops, the Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
* Music/TedNugent
* Iggy Pop and Music/TheStooges
* Creator/PsychopathicRecords artists Music/InsaneClownPosse, [[Music/AnybodyKilla ABK]], Music/BlazeYaDeadHomie, Music/{{Twiztid}} and Music/ZugIzland.
* Mitch Ryder
* Uncle Kracker
* Music/TheWhiteStripes
* Anita Baker (born in UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio but raised in Detroit, started her music career there, and currently lives in Grosse Pointe)

'''Celebrities from Detroit:'''
* NerdsAreSexy poster girl JudyGreer (Livonia)
* BruceCampbell (Royal Oak) Attended school with...
* SamRaimi (Royal Oak)
* Tim Allen (Birmingham)
* ManOfAThousandVoices RobPaulsen (Livonia)
* S. Epatha Merkerson, a.k.a. [[LawAndOrder Lt. Anita Van Buren]]
* Although frequent death threat recipient MichaelMoore isn't from Detroit, he's from Davison, a suburb of Flint, which is 66 miles from Detroit. It's only a part of the Motor City if you inflate Metro Detroit or use "Detroit" as a metonym for the auto industry.
** To be fair, Flint is pretty hard to tell apart from Detroit. Both are/were heavily dependent on the automotive industry, and both are [[TakeThat nearly indistinguishable from]] [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic wastelands]].
* [[VeronicaMars Kristen Bell]] (Huntington Woods)
* Lily Tomlin
* David Alan Grier
* "Dr. Death", Jack Kevorkian, famously portrayed by AlPacino in HBO's ''You Don't Know Jack''.
* Mitch Albom, sportswriter for the Detroit ''Free Press'' who moonlights as an author, most notably ''TuesdaysWithMorrie''.
** Actually born in New York state, but has since made Detroit his home. Which is cool, because most people get famous then move away.
* RobinWilliams spent about half his youth in Bloomfield Hills (his dad was an exec at Ford) and half in NewAgeRetroHippie country, Marin County, California. That may or may not explain how he turned out.
* Gilda Radner
* [[TheFairlyOddparents Butch]] [[DannyPhantom Hart]][[TuffPuppy man]] (Highland Park)
* Jim Benton, creator of "It's Happy Bunny" (Bloomfield Township)
* He may not sound like it, but James Lipton, host of ''InsideTheActorsStudio'' was born and raised in Detroit.
* Tom Hulce (Plymouth). Famous for playing [[AnimalHouse Pinto]], [[{{Amadeus}} Mozart]], and [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]].
* MittRomney was born in Detroit and raised in Bloomfield Hills.
** His father, George Romney, was an executive at the American Motors Corporation [[hottip:*:AMC was based in Kenosha, Wisconson, however]]; the elder Romney was also a Republican Governor of Michigan in TheSixties (and was a vocal supporter of the CivilRightsMovement and of equality for blacks within the LDS Church) and [[GenerationXerox a candidate for President]] in 1968 (he was defeated in the primary by RichardNixon. One wonders how things might have been different).
* Grant Achatz, a [[CordonBleughChef Molecular]] [[SupremeChef Gastronomist]] chef (currently based out of [[TheWindyCity Chicago]]) who got his start in cooking with his family's chain of kosher pie restaurants in Oakland County.
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/detroit_7293.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Detroit, on a nice day.]]

->''[[ItIsBeyondSaving "This city has no viable future."]]''
-->-- '''Michael Casserly''', executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools

'''Detroit, Michigan''' is the center of America's automotive industry. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have headquarters there. Its most recognizable structure is the Renaissance Center. In [[{{TheEighties}} 1980s]], there were parts of town where they would [[PlaceWorseThanDeath shoot at anyone]] [[NoTrueScotsman passing by in a Japanese car]]. Today the shooting is much less discriminate (for several years, it alternated back and forth with UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} for the distinction of the U.S. city with the highest murder rate).

It is geographically notable for a few reasons. Despite being separated from Windsor, Ontario by the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, it features the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing -- the Ambassador Bridge. It is also the only place in the contiguous 48 States where Canada is ''south'' of the U.S., since Windsor juts out to the west just so. Detroit itself is surrounded by smaller independent municipalities, who form the Detroit Metro area, and whose people get kind of cheesed off when everyone just lumps them in. With both a Spanish {{Univision}} station in Detroit and a {{CBC}} tower in Windsor rebroadcasting the main French feed from UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, it was for many years the only area in North America where you can watch free-to-air TV in three languages. [[note]]Providence, Rhode Island now has English, Spanish, and Portuguese stations. And Los Angeles has English, Spanish and Japanese-language stations.[[/note]]

The Metro Detroit area is home to a myriad of cultures and ethnicities, including one of the largest Arab populations in North America, centered in Dearborn (with a sizable [[UsefulNotes/{{Lebanon}} Lebanese]] outpost in West Bloomfield -- where they get along rather interestingly with the large Jewish population). It is also very economically and racially-segregated, with poorer minorities living in the city, the white working-class in the eastern suburbs, and the predominantly white and Asian American upper-middle-class in the western suburbs and Grosse Pointe. The Metro Detroit area ranks second in the nation in racial segregation, after Gary, Indiana.

Depending on who you ask, the city may be on the cusp of a rebirth, or completing the slide from DyingTown into GhostCity.

Detroit is also known as "Hockeytown" due to the [[NationalHockeyLeague Detroit Red Wings]] being a perennial StanleyCup contender.

'''Films set in Detroit or its nearby communities:'''
* ''{{Dreamgirls}}'', following the famous "Motown" music label and genre (the play is based in Chicago, but the movie places it in Detroit to make it closer its inspiration).
* ''FourBrothers''
* ''Film/{{RoboCop}}''
* ''[[EightMile 8 Mile]]''
* ''Detroit Rock City''
* ''GrossePointeBlank'' (Grosse Pointe)
* ''MaxKeeblesBigMove'' (Robe briefly referred to it, although he mixed it up with Chicago).
* ''Out Of Sight'' (based on the novel by beloved Detroit resident ElmoreLeonard)
* ''The Upside of Anger'' (Bloomfield Hills)
* ''GranTorino'' (Highland Park)
* ''Film/TheCrow''

'''TV shows set in Detroit:'''
* ''[[DetroitOneEightSeven Detroit 1-8-7]]''
* ''FreaksAndGeeks'' ([[CaliforniaDoubling faked-up Clinton Township]])
* ''Series/EightSimpleRules''
* ''HardcorePawn''
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' (Royal Oak)
* ''RoboCop'' again
* ''TransformersAnimated''
* ''{{Martin}}''
* ''SisterSister''
* ''{{Hung}}'' (Shot in West Bloomfield; set wherever rich women live in Metro Detroit, meaning mostly Oakland County)
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''

'''Musical acts from Detroit:'''
* Music/{{Aaliyah}}
* Music/AliceCooper
* Music/ArethaFranklin
* The "Belleville Three", Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, considered the founders of techno music
* The Black Dahlia Murder
* Music/BobSeger
* Music/{{Champtown}}
* Music/{{Dice}}
* The Dirtbombs
* Music/{{Eminem}} (Born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, though he spent most of his life in nearby Warren)
* Music/{{Esham}} (born in NewYorkCity; formed the Detroit-based rap label, Creator/ReelLifeProductions)
** Music/{{Natas}}
* Music/KidRock
* The Music/{{MC5}}
* Music/{{Madonna}} (born in Bay City [116 miles to the north], but raised in Rochester Hills, a suburb in Oakland County)
* Most of the Creator/{{Motown}} Records artists in the 1960s and '70s, including but not limited to the Four Tops, the Temptations, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.
* Music/TedNugent
* Iggy Pop and Music/TheStooges
* Creator/PsychopathicRecords artists Music/InsaneClownPosse, [[Music/AnybodyKilla ABK]], Music/BlazeYaDeadHomie, Music/{{Twiztid}} and Music/ZugIzland.
* Mitch Ryder
* Uncle Kracker
* Music/TheWhiteStripes
* Anita Baker (born in UsefulNotes/ToledoOhio but raised in Detroit, started her music career there, and currently lives in Grosse Pointe)

'''Celebrities from Detroit:'''
* NerdsAreSexy poster girl JudyGreer (Livonia)
* BruceCampbell (Royal Oak) Attended school with...
* SamRaimi (Royal Oak)
* Tim Allen (Birmingham)
* ManOfAThousandVoices RobPaulsen (Livonia)
* S. Epatha Merkerson, a.k.a. [[LawAndOrder Lt. Anita Van Buren]]
* Although frequent death threat recipient MichaelMoore isn't from Detroit, he's from Davison, a suburb of Flint, which is 66 miles from Detroit. It's only a part of the Motor City if you inflate Metro Detroit or use "Detroit" as a metonym for the auto industry.
** To be fair, Flint is pretty hard to tell apart from Detroit. Both are/were heavily dependent on the automotive industry, and both are [[TakeThat nearly indistinguishable from]] [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic wastelands]].
* [[VeronicaMars Kristen Bell]] (Huntington Woods)
* Lily Tomlin
* David Alan Grier
* "Dr. Death", Jack Kevorkian, famously portrayed by AlPacino in HBO's ''You Don't Know Jack''.
* Mitch Albom, sportswriter for the Detroit ''Free Press'' who moonlights as an author, most notably ''TuesdaysWithMorrie''.
** Actually born in New York state, but has since made Detroit his home. Which is cool, because most people get famous then move away.
* RobinWilliams spent about half his youth in Bloomfield Hills (his dad was an exec at Ford) and half in NewAgeRetroHippie country, Marin County, California. That may or may not explain how he turned out.
* Gilda Radner
* [[TheFairlyOddparents Butch]] [[DannyPhantom Hart]][[TuffPuppy man]] (Highland Park)
* Jim Benton, creator of "It's Happy Bunny" (Bloomfield Township)
* He may not sound like it, but James Lipton, host of ''InsideTheActorsStudio'' was born and raised in Detroit.
* Tom Hulce (Plymouth). Famous for playing [[AnimalHouse Pinto]], [[{{Amadeus}} Mozart]], and [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]].
* MittRomney was born in Detroit and raised in Bloomfield Hills.
** His father, George Romney, was an executive at the American Motors Corporation [[hottip:*:AMC was based in Kenosha, Wisconson, however]]; the elder Romney was also a Republican Governor of Michigan in TheSixties (and was a vocal supporter of the CivilRightsMovement and of equality for blacks within the LDS Church) and [[GenerationXerox a candidate for President]] in 1968 (he was defeated in the primary by RichardNixon. One wonders how things might have been different).
* Grant Achatz, a [[CordonBleughChef Molecular]] [[SupremeChef Gastronomist]] chef (currently based out of [[TheWindyCity Chicago]]) who got his start in cooking with his family's chain of kosher pie restaurants in Oakland County.
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8th Oct '12 2:44:18 PM MarkLungo
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It is geographically notable for a few reasons. Despite being separated from Windsor, Ontario by the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, it features the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing -- the Ambassador Bridge. It is also the only place in the contiguous 48 States where Canada is ''south'' of the U.S., since Windsor juts out to the west just so. Detroit itself is surrounded by smaller independent municipalities, who form the Detroit Metro area, and whose people get kind of cheesed off when everyone just lumps them in. With both a Spanish {{Univision}} station in Detroit and a {{CBC}} tower in Windsor rebroadcasting the main French feed from {{Montreal}}, it was for many years the only area in North America where you can watch free-to-air TV in three languages. [[note]]Providence, Rhode Island now has English, Spanish, and Portuguese stations. And Los Angeles has English, Spanish and Japanese-language stations.[[/note]]

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It is geographically notable for a few reasons. Despite being separated from Windsor, Ontario by the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, it features the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing -- the Ambassador Bridge. It is also the only place in the contiguous 48 States where Canada is ''south'' of the U.S., since Windsor juts out to the west just so. Detroit itself is surrounded by smaller independent municipalities, who form the Detroit Metro area, and whose people get kind of cheesed off when everyone just lumps them in. With both a Spanish {{Univision}} station in Detroit and a {{CBC}} tower in Windsor rebroadcasting the main French feed from {{Montreal}}, UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}, it was for many years the only area in North America where you can watch free-to-air TV in three languages. [[note]]Providence, Rhode Island now has English, Spanish, and Portuguese stations. And Los Angeles has English, Spanish and Japanese-language stations.[[/note]]
2nd Oct '12 6:54:06 PM PatPayne
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It is geographically notable for a few reasons. Despite being separated from Windsor, Ontario by the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, it features the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing -- the Ambassador Bridge. It is also the only place in the contiguous 48 States where Canada is ''south'' of the U.S., since Windsor juts out to the west just so. Detroit itself is surrounded by smaller independent municipalities, who form the Detroit Metro area, and whose people get kind of cheesed off when everyone just lumps them in. With both a Spanish {{Univision}} station in Detroit and a {{CBC}} tower in Windsor rebroadcasting the main French feed from {{Montreal}}, it was for many years the only area in North America where you can watch free-to-air TV in three languages. [[note]]Providence, Rhode Island now has English, Spanish, and Portuguese stations.[[/note]]

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It is geographically notable for a few reasons. Despite being separated from Windsor, Ontario by the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, it features the busiest U.S.-Canada border crossing -- the Ambassador Bridge. It is also the only place in the contiguous 48 States where Canada is ''south'' of the U.S., since Windsor juts out to the west just so. Detroit itself is surrounded by smaller independent municipalities, who form the Detroit Metro area, and whose people get kind of cheesed off when everyone just lumps them in. With both a Spanish {{Univision}} station in Detroit and a {{CBC}} tower in Windsor rebroadcasting the main French feed from {{Montreal}}, it was for many years the only area in North America where you can watch free-to-air TV in three languages. [[note]]Providence, Rhode Island now has English, Spanish, and Portuguese stations. And Los Angeles has English, Spanish and Japanese-language stations.[[/note]]
19th Sep '12 11:00:20 AM erforce
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-->-'''-Michael Casserly''', executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools

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-->-'''-Michael -->-- '''Michael Casserly''', executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools
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