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Tour the Regions and Neighborhoods of Detroit

Discover the hidden, and not-so hidden communities and places of our city on this round up of six regional areas in the Motor City that every Detroiter should know

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Here in Detroit, it's so easy to get caught up in our immediate surroundings. We get used to going to that one Coney Island for breakfast right around the corner, or the grocery store a few blocks away from our regular staples. The neighborhood bar becomes our only bar, and when we consider a move, we look in our own ZIP codes.

There's no specific rhyme or reason why this is, but recent trends offer a few suggestions. One, more residents prefer walkable neighborhoods as they ditch the high costs of owning an automobile, making neighborhoods like Midtown and Corktown increasingly desirable. Second, shortcomings in public transportation prevent Detroiters from exploring the city as they wish. Lastly, maybe we just don't have time; whether you're commuting in and out of the suburbs for work, juggling activities at home or already committed to causes in your own community, we still pass up a lot of things outside our own bubble.

Other cities across Michigan have enacted "be a tourist in your own town" initiatives, where residents are encouraged to get to know areas beyond their own homes. Detroit, however, isn't like every other city in Michigan; we're the biggest, and it's impossible to cover every square inch because there's so much here. But we think this is a good place to start.

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