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21 things only Detroiters understand

Detroit's reputations proceeds itself, but only real Detroiters understand this amazing city.

1. When people ask us where we’re from, we always say “Detroit,” even if we’re from a suburb an hour away.

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As long you live within a two-hour radius of Detroit, you get to proclaim that you are a Detroiter. Even Canadians living across the river love to claim they are from Detroit.

2. Telling people you’re from Detroit makes you feel badass, even though you’re from Birmingham.

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Let’s face it: Detroit is a tough city. So telling anyone you’re from a dangerous place makes you feel just a little bit dangerous too. People won’t mess with you if you’re from Detroit. At least, that’s what we like to think.

3. We know Campus Martius is the Times Square of Detroit.

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We know Detroit isn’t very big and downtown is really just a small area but one thing we are proud of is Campus Martius. It turns into an ice skating rink in the winter and a beach in the summer. It’s surrounded by tall buildings and places to eat and drink. Now if that’s not comparable to Times Square, I don’t know what is!

4. Eminem is our hero

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Eminem is a legend and he put Detroit on the map. Yes, his movie 8 Mile made it seem like the entire length of 8 Mile Rd. is a part of the ghettos, which it’s not, but we are proud to be from the same city as such an amazing artist.

5. Everybody owns a Detroit shirt or hoodie.

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It’s like a right of passage to own ‘Detroit vs. Everybody’ or ‘Detroit Hustles Harder’ shirt or hoodie. When you’re from Detroit, you want everyone to know. I wear my “Detroit is My Home’ shirt every time I travel. Is my family sick of it? Yes! Will that stop me? Hell no!

6. We know Detroit isn’t as dangerous as people make it seem.

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When people hear you’re from Detroit, they’re pretty shocked because they’ve only heard how dangerous it is, but we know it’s not that bad. No, I don’t have to carry a gun or mace. Yes, I’ve walked around downtown at night and lived to tell the tale.

7.  We know there is no hope of winning for the Detroit Lions or Pistons, but we root for them anyway.

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Even though we know the Lions have never won the Superbowl and the Pistons haven’t won since 2004, we still root, root, root for the home team! It’s like when your kids sucks at something, but you still encourage them anyway because you love them unconditionally.

8. The Detroit Red Wings make up for our other teams.

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Even though it’s been a few years since the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup, they still give us hope of winning. The Red Wings are always fun to watch and make you feel proud that you’re from Detroit.

9. You look forward to the Auto Show every year.

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Every year, we go back to the Detroit Auto Show and take pictures in the cool cars like we own them. Do we? Of course not. Will we ever? Probably not. Does that stop us from posting those pictures on our social media? Naa!

10. You never put away your Winter clothes because you have to be prepared to wear shorts one day and a parka the next.

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Detroiters know we have to be prepared to sit all four seasons in the span of a week. -12 degrees on Monday? Pull out the parka. 50 degrees and raining on Wednesday, pull out the rain jacket.

11. You know schools never get canceled, but you secretly hope it will anyway.

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Michigan schools just don’t close. It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing, raining or fire is falling from the sky. But every Winter, kids secretly hope and pray school will be closed at least one day.

12. You will always see at least one person in shorts and a t-shirt when it hits 50 degrees.

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The second Michigan weather is in the 50s, people get super excited and feel like it’s Spring. The shorts and t-shirts come out, but you’ll still find me in my Winter coat.

13. You can’t wait to turn 19 so you can legally go drink across the border.

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That’s right! The legal drinking age in Canada is 19 and all Detroiters know it. Most teenagers are already planning their 19th birthday party in another country.

14. Going to another country is no big deal.

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When people travel to another country, they need suitcases, weeks of planning and tickets. But not us Detroiters! We can go to Canada for lunch and be back in time to pick up our kids from school. I know because I’ve done it plenty of times.

15. Autumn is our favorite season.

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Cider mills, and Uggs, and pumpkin spice lattes, oh my! If there’s one season that Detroiters love, it’s Autumn. You’ll catch us in hues of orange and brown soaking in all the amazing changing colors of the leaves.

16. You don’t have to go far to get the best Arabic food in the country.

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Dearborn: home to many Arabs and their delicious Arabic cuisine. You don’t have to travel far for a mouth-watering shawarma when you live in Detroit!

17. 8 Mile Rd. is not the border of good and evil.

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Contrary to popular belief, 8 Mile is just another road. Nothing special really happens here though, it would be fun to see rap battles every night. Still, I do love telling people to take the 8 Mile Rd exit when they’re coming over.

18. The city is always under construction.

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You can go anywhere around the Detroit area and you will be rerouted because of construction. It doesn’t matter if its day or night, Summer or Winter, Detroit is constantly being changed. Makes me wonder if they’re working hard or hardly working.

19. Abandoned buildings are plentiful and great for photoshoots and movie sets.

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Detroit has a bad name for being run down, but people love to use the city and its abandoned building as the backdrop to their engagement photoshoots or just for a quick Instagram photo.

20. Our public transportation system…wait, what public transportation system?

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You’d think for being a major city in the United States, Detroit would have some sort of public transportation system, but sadly we do not. If you want to get around, you’d better get a car! Otherwise, you won’t get very far.

21. In Detroit, we drink pop.

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No one, and I mean no one, says “soda.” Here, we drink pop. So either you get on board or go back to…wait, where do people call it “soda” again?