I've never had a problem down there. I just mind my own business and everything is cool. So what's the big deal?
Media sensationalism, selective journalism, and lots of 'expert' criticisms from people who've never even been there. People are more likely to believe the 'tale' of the city than the truths behind it. Everyone wants to classify Detroit as a post-apocalyptic town of some sort because it's scary and somehow sexy all at the same time.
Obviously, Detroit has problems, and we all like to joke - but Michigan is like family to me. I live here, I grew up here, I love it here so much that I have a tattoo of the state. Those of us living here can say whatever we want about it but, like family, no one else can. Maybe I'm weird for getting so defensive about it, but I have pride in where I'm from.
The video I posted up there shows some of the young people in Detroit who are doing their part to rejuvenate the city and I think it's great.