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[[caption-width-right:300:The skyline of Detroit.]]
->''"Apparently, Detroit's the only place on Earth where a car accident can wind up giving you chlamydia."''
-->-- '''Website/{{SFDebris}}''', "Carpenter Street" ([[Series/StarTrekEnterprise ENT]])

'''Detroit, Michigan''' is the center of America's automotive industry. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have headquarters there, and it is known as the "Motor City" for this reason. Its most recognizable structure is the Renaissance Center.

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 Creator/{{Univision}} station in Detroit and (until it was shut down in 2012) a Creator/{{CBC}} tower in Windsor rebroadcasting the main Francophone feed from [[UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}} Montréal]], 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 UsefulNotes/LosAngeles 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 is one of the most racially segregated in the nation.

Detroit is also known as "Hockeytown" due to the [[NationalHockeyLeague Detroit Red Wings]] being a perennial StanleyCup contender. Other, less flattering nicknames include "Murder City" and variations on such, as Detroit has one of the least-flattering public images of any major city in the country. The decline of the American auto industry in TheSeventies, combined with simmering racial, economic, and labor tensions that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment we won't get into here]], have made it the poster child for (and butt of many jokes about) [[WretchedHive urban decay and inner-city squalor]] for much of America. For decades now, mentions of Detroit in media and pop culture have typically referred to it as a PlaceWorseThanDeath, and the crumbling ruins of some of its more destitute neighborhoods have honestly been described as looking [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]]. This tends to seriously grate on actual Detroiters, who feel that the city's bad reputation is making it harder to revitalize. The city filed for bankruptcy in 2013, becoming the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. history.

'''Films set in Detroit or its nearby communities:'''
* ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'' (following the famous Motown music label and genre; the play is based in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, but the movie places it in Detroit to make it closer its inspiration).
* ''Film/FourBrothers''
* ''Franchise/RoboCop''
* ''CollisionCourse''
* ''[[Film/EightMile 8 Mile]]''
* ''Detroit Rock City''
* ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'' (Grosse Pointe)
* ''Film/MaxKeeblesBigMove'' (Robe briefly referred to it, although he mixed it up with Chicago).
* ''Out of Sight'' (based on the novel by beloved Detroit resident Creator/ElmoreLeonard)
* ''The Upside of Anger'' (Bloomfield Hills)
* ''Film/GranTorino'' (Highland Park)
* ''Film/TheCrow''
* ''{{Film/Sparkle}}'' (the remake takes place in Detroit of the [[TheSixties 1960s]])
* ''Brick Mansions'' (the English remake of Film/{{Banlieue 13}})

'''TV shows set in Detroit:'''
* ''[[Series/{{Detroit187}} Detroit 1-8-7]]''
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'' ([[CaliforniaDoubling faked-up Clinton Township]])
* ''Series/EightSimpleRules''
* ''Series/HardcorePawn''
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' (Royal Oak)
* ''Series/RoboCopTheSeries''
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''
* ''Series/{{Martin}}''
* ''Series/SisterSister''
* ''Series/{{Hung}}'' (shot in West Bloomfield)
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob''
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''
* ''Series/LowWinterSun''
* ''Undateable''

'''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
* Music/TheBlackDahliaMurder
* Music/BobSeger
* Music/{{Champtown}}
* Music/DannyBrown
* 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 UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity; formed the Detroit-based rap label, Creator/ReelLifeProductions)
** Music/{{Natas}}
* Music/HouseOfKrazees
** Music/{{ROC}}
** Music/{{Twiztid}}, a duo consisting of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child, who were both in House of Krazees.
* 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}} Motown Records]] artists in the 1960s and 1970s, 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
* Saprogenic
* Iggy Pop and Music/TheStooges
* Creator/PsychopathicRecords artists Music/InsaneClownPosse, [[Music/AnybodyKilla ABK]], Music/BigHoodoo, Music/BlazeYaDeadHomie and Music/ZugIzland.
* Sixto Rodriguez (subject of the Oscar winning documentary, ''Film/SearchingForSugarMan'')
* 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)

'''Professional Wrestlers from Detroit''':
* Wrestling/BruiserBrody
* Wrestling/KevinNash (Trenton)
* Wrestling/{{Sabu}}
* Wrestling/GeorgeSteele (Madison Heights)
* Wrestling/ScottSteiner (Bay City)
* Alex Shelley is from Detroit. For a while, he teamed up with Chris Sabin (who's from Pickney) as the "Motor City Machine Guns."

'''Celebrities from Detroit:'''
* NerdsAreSexy poster girl JudyGreer (Livonia)
* Creator/BruceCampbell (Royal Oak; attended school with...)
* Creator/SamRaimi (Royal Oak)
* Tim Allen (Birmingham)
* ManOfAThousandVoices RobPaulsen (Livonia)
* S. Epatha Merkerson, a.k.a. [[Series/LawAndOrder Lt. Anita Van Buren]]
* 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 his credit, Moore never claimed to be from Detroit; he claimed to be from Flint. Considering that hardly anyone knows about Flint, you can sort of give him a pass. Sort of.
* [[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 Tuesdays with Morrie]]''.
* Creator/RobinWilliams spent about half his youth in Bloomfield Hills (his dad was an exec at Ford) and half in NewAgeRetroHippie country, Marin County, California.
* Gilda Radner
* [[WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents Butch]] [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Hart]][[WesternAnimation/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 ''Inside the Actors Studio'' was born and raised in Detroit.
* Tom Hulce (Plymouth). Famous for playing [[Film/AnimalHouse Pinto]], [[Film/{{Amadeus}} Mozart]], and [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Quasimodo]].
* Mitt Romney was born in Detroit and raised in Bloomfield Hills.
** His father, George Romney, was president of the American Motors Corporation [[note]]though AMC was headquartered in Southfield, it's main assembly plants were in Kenosha, Wisconsin [[/note]]; 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 Chicago) who got his start in cooking with his family's chain of kosher pie restaurants in Oakland County.
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