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Detroit Lives: Johnny Knoxville's Honest Portrait Of The Motor City

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Detroit Lives: Johnny Knoxville's Honest Portrait Of The Motor City

Detroit's usually portrayed as a crime-ridden city blighted by urban decay and corruption. That's true. But it's not the whole story, not by a long shot. Detroit Lives shows the Motor City as it is: a diamond amidst the rough.

Grin and bear the occasional conspicuous shot of boots from the movie's sponsors, but this 32 minute flick is about as fair and accurate a vibe about the city as you can get. Sure, there are bad parts and they make for great ruin porn, but you get used to those, you look past them and go deeper.

Scratch the surface and it's far more interesting, engaging, artistic and creative that you could ever imagine. It's like the wild west for people who want to do things without the man breathing down their necks. If you've got the time to watch the three-part documentary plus bonus, you should, it'll give you a better feel for what's really going on in Detroit. And hey, if that's not your thing, it's also got Johnny Knoxville stomping around in French boots. [PalladiumBoots]



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Rust Belt cities like Detroit are some of the few places that can really nurture someone with the desire to be an entrepreneur, someone with a true pioneering spirit.

Additionally, another area that can offer someone something to build and improve on is where I originally hail from. There's plenty of land from strip mining that can be developed easily by someone who wants to develop it and for a cheap price.

That's also true for Detroit. You can buy property all day long for chump change, take it, and make something out of it.

Another key is that these areas aren't completely suffocated by big business chains. You'd have to fight a hell of an honest, hard fight to really be your own man in a city like LA. These places, you can really stand a chance and actually live the American dream, the real American dream.

I see a solid first step taken in that video. Detroit does have a few issues that need to be addressed on a government level and there are some issues with crime that may need to be addressed, but at least there are people who still live there who want to make things better and they are trying. That's what it's going to take. You never solve a problem like Detroit's by packing up and moving, just running away.

This is a glimmer of hope, although a small one in the big picture. Still, I'm glad for those people. They're willing to stand up and try to make an actual change. In fact, I hope the people who ran away from Detroit never move back there the day it picks itself back up completely again. They really don't deserve the privilege.

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