Lots of hashtags in this story. #Dateline showed a very unbalanced story to the nation and the world about #Detroit on Sunday April 19 2010. I am not naive about the problems in this city with unemployment, poverty, corruption, shrinking population and tax base, failing schools, etc. But that is only PART of the story.
There are still beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods, successful families, businesses, and students, and hard-working individuals, private agencies, community groups, and just regular folks working HARD to turn this city around.
Dateline did a great disservice to the City of Detroit. I personally know of one well-known community organizer who spent FOUR HOURS will Chris Hansen driving around city, showing him the beautiful and successful areas and people here. That person had 30 SECONDS on the show; while a person shooting raccoons in his backyard received over five minutes.
That's BALANCE? The following images are just the tip of the iceberg of the positive side of Detroit Michigan. Let no one or no so-called "television news show" tell you any different.
Home in Detroit.
Campus Martius: #1 Urban Park in America
Chene Park Outdoor Music Amphitheatre
Detroit Science Center
Detroit Opera House
Detroit MLK High School Band in China for '08 Olympics; one of only five U.S. high schools invited.
Detroit Neighborhood Landscaping
Palatial Detroit Home
Detroit Riverwalk: Dateline showed it empty at midnight.
Rouge Park Golf Course
I could go on and on and on. I've been blogging about the positive happenings in Detroit for two years, along with many others. See my stories about homes, families, businesses, students, places to see and things to do at my Detroit-focused blog: the DSpot Redeux.
I just believe that there are always TWO sides to a story.