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Detroit, what are you thankful for?

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It’s our city, and we love it
Michelle & Chris Gerard

Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, and more. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. This week’s topic: What are you thankful for, Detroit?

Friends, for many, 2016 has been a rough year. Between uncertainty overseas (the Syrian refugee crisis, Brexit), an ugly and never ending election cycle at home, racial/social tensions, and untimely - and iconic - celebrity deaths, the country is stressed out. In Detroit, we saw our schools in disrepair and our neighbors to the north in Flint fight for clean water.


But in tough times, it’s important to try to see the good, and that’s what we’re asking for this week. We love Detroit, and we know you do, too. So for the Open Thread this week, we’re asking you what you’re thankful for in the city.

Is it your neighborhood itself (Detroit itself can often feel like a small town). Is it that grit and tenacity of the residents? Is it the energy of the city? The rich history? The architecture? The hopeful future?

We’d like to gather some comments here, on Twitter, and on Facebook into a post that we’ll do on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. On social media, we’d appreciate it if you’d use the hashtag #ThankfulDET in your response. Your comments are always welcome here, and readers, we’re thankful for you for your insight, support, and critiques. Always.