Is Detroit the new L.A.?

by

comment

OK, this is getting weird, but we're enjoying this strange game of people all over the country declaring that they've finally discovered what Detroit is. Like 12 blind men feeling an elephant and each declaring it to be something distinct and different, it's amusing to see people announce Detroit's status as the "New Brooklyn," or the "New Berlin" or the "new Hamptons" or even the "New Detroit." (This even as other cities, from Atlantic City, N.J. to Las Vegas contend to be anointed as the "new Detroit.")

All that said, we just encountered a declaration that stopped US cold: Detroit is the new Los Angeles.



Really? Aside from both cities experiencing their rise during the original auto boom of 1910-1940, it seems a stretch to us. After 1950, Los Angeles kept growing. Detroit, not so much. Also, the use of a few street shots and a handful of supporting paragraphs to make the case causes the reader to wonder how seriously to take this website's argument. 

Thoughts? Discuss ...


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.