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Oh, this warms my heart.

I finished graduate school this past April at Michigan, and during the job search I had options of moving to Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, or even my old stomping grounds of Berlin. At the end of the day, I asked myself two questions:

1. Which people did I like the most of any city I've observed? and

2. Where can I make the most immediate impact as a young professional?

I knew Detroit wasn't perfect, but if you're a civic-minded, out-of-the-box personality that isn't afraid to get his or her hands dirty, you will find yourself in the most amazing company of fellow individuals that will share their joys and frustrations associated with living in the D. And yes, I get those looks of disbelief when I visit my dear friends in the aforementioned cities above -- not everyone gets it, and that's why I love being here.

A few additions to the list of growing hot spots:

- Mudgie's in Corktown: they give Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor a fight, and they're cheaper to boot.

- Le Petit Zinc: they make a meeeeeean hot chocolate, and their crepes rival those at All Good Girls Go to Paris

- The Riverfront: it's not Chicago's, but it's well-laid out and perfect for a short jog. Connects with the newly-developed Dequindre Cut that takes you through the heart of east downtown

- Cliff Bell's: another Cafe D'mongo-type place, I one saw one of the most phenomenal jazz saxophone players I've ever heard here last winter. And the food's a cajun-inspired mish-mash....fantastic.

- Slow's BBQ: This place needs no introduction other than the two-hour wait you experience on weekends. It's THAT good.

- Magic Stick and the Majestic Theater: some of the country's greatest indie bands come here to play, and while you wait grab a pool table, have a PBR and wash down your Mr. Pepperoni pizza.

Blakes's Guide to Downtown Detroit
Detroit, Michigan

10/17/10 03:21 PM