Some people take vacations at time shares or resorts, I go on road trips to explore new places. I Just came back from a road trip to the Detroit area, including downtown Detroit as well as the Dearborn area that included a stop at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
It amazes me how bad the perception is of Detroit. We did not stay in downtown Detroit, but we drove to the city, I parked in the Greektown area, and walked around town for a few hours before going to a Tigers game. Detroit Tigers Comerica Park is really nice and we enjoyed walking through the GM Renaissance Center. I wish I had allocated more time to explore the downtown Detroit area, time went by quickly.
People asked me, how was Detroit, and when I say I loved it, they really look surprised. I really enjoyed my trip to the area, never felt threatened and was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Using travelers "common sense" of knowing where I am going and not venturing into new areas without a clue, I felt less threatened in Detroit that I have in many others cities. I'm sure there are nasty neighborhoods I did not see, but around the areas I was in, it was not bad at all. Of all the road trips I have taken in recent years, the Detroit area is one of the few I hope to plan a return visit.
I have immersed myself into GeekHistory
Over the last several months I have been immersed in reading computer and internet history as I reboot my GeekHistory website. Two lifelong passions of mine are technology and political philosophy. My recent visit to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village has stirred up a lot of thought, as well as material for writing and researching on technology and political philosophy.
On a 200-acre tract of land in Dearborn, Michigan, next door to the Henry Ford Museum is Greenfield Village, a vast array of famous homes and buildings that Henry Ford moved from their original location and reconstructed there. Greenfield Village is the ultimate geek history complex of the Industrial Revolution. I highly recommend Greenfield Village as a great place to see. But keep in mind that Henry Ford's Greenfield Village a shrine to to his lifelong friend Thomas Edison. It is a good example of how one person's view can be entirely factual and still be biased.
I just updated my article on Thomas Edison on GeekHistory.com and I have a lot more to say about the man and the legacy of Edison on GeekHistory in the very near future.