Mitch Albom wrote a great article about Detroit. If you are not familiar with his writing, I encourage you to take a look. Mitch captured the spirit of Detroit and it's residents (which I would expand to include those living in the metro area). When asked where I am from I proudly say, "the Detroit area." I lived my 1st 18 years were one mile from the Detroit city border. I went to the Thanksgiving Day parade, Greek Town, concerts, university, hospital, too many bars / restaurants / coney islands to recall. I've driven the wrong way down a one-way street. I have never, ever felt threatened or scared by the environment I was in. If anything, I feel a mixed sense of hope at what the city was and could be and a deep sadness for all the people that rely on what the media says about Detroit - the ones who have never set foot in the city limits but claim that Detroit is a lost cause, the ones that don't want to give a great city another chance.
Here's a sneak peak at my 1st swap which also happens to be my 1st project started in 2009.
While I was on the tmill he was curled up on the couch.