We have been in Detroit since 2011 and a lot has changed in the city. The questions I received early on are not the ones I get today. So, here are the most frequently asked questions of the here and now.
Do you worry about safety?
After the break in back in November of 2013, I am painfully aware of the risk we take living in a big city. Since that date we have upgraded our security to ensure we are as safe as possible.
We have a new security system, updated locks, better doors and most importantly, a giant beastly dog named Gus.
Let’s be honest, living here is not for everyone. Just like city life anywhere is not for everyone. I love living here and cannot imagine moving anywhere else (except for maybe a future summer home in Northern Michigan. I could definitely summer Up North.)
Where will you send your kids to school?
Ryan and I were involved in a group called The Best Classroom Project. They are a group of parents with similarly aged children looking for the right school for their families. They attend school visits, write reviews, speak with parents of school aged children and meet to discuss their findings. Through this group we had discovered many desirable options in Detroit schools, both public, charter, parochial and private.
At the beginning of my search, I was certain I would have to leave the city for a good school for my babes. By the end of the search, I had a handful of options that I considered excellent schools. Of the dozen or so “founding families” of Best Classroom Project, we are all in different schools, almost all in the city proper and all very satisfied with the decision we made.
Where do you get your groceries?
I get this question a lot less now that Detroit has a Whole Foods. We shop there but we also love Eastern Market, Indian Village Market and Lafayette Market.
Would you like to attend _________ or would you like to review _________?
At least once a week I get an email that asks me to come to “Detroit’s first ____ store.” The emails usually come from someone based in NY or LA, acting as a representative, and they always, always, always are talking about a shop out in the burbs. I will not review places, goods or services outside the city. For me, if you call yourself “Detroit” be in Detroit. If you’re not, that’s cool, but call it “metro Detroit.” Easy peasy.
Now, before I get mean messages calling me all kinds of silly names, let me tell you why I refuse to write reviews outside the city. When I moved to Detroit in 2011, I would google “Detroit family” and my searches would send me as far out as Canton. That’s nearly an hour away from where I live!!! I live in Detroit! This became so frustrating, I wanted to start a site that showcased a Detroit family in Detroit proper. This was the birth of With Love From Detroit.
Sometimes I will write about a trip to the Zoo or Greenfield Village or The Robot Garage, etc. None of these are in the city proper but that’s not really a review. That’s just me living my life and sharing it with you.
With all that being said, I love the idea of collaborating with Detroit businesses. Shoot me an email if you want to work together. Callie(at)withlovefromdet.com
I am an open book and happy to answer any of your questions. Just shoot me an email and I will do my best to get back with you. withlovefromdet at gmail.com