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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 04:56 PM
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2. This is nothing new
I'm an old lady, I've heard this all my life. When my elderly relatives moved to Florida in the 50s, they told their new friends they were from Detroit. These people were born in the 1880s-1890s - that's why I said this is nothing new.

When I moved away in 1980, I said I was from Detroit. To my surprise, many people heard my Detroit accent! We all know everyone else has accents, we don't!

It's a regional thing. Today, with the computer you can key in Hazel Park & get a map that pin points where someone lives. Rest assured, someone in Nebraska will key in on the region, & say "Oh, ok, they're from the Detroit area".

If my elderly relatives, or myself in 1980 said that they / I were from Ferndale, Southfield or wherever, we would've been met with blank stares - because who else but a Detroiter would know those cities? Saying 'Detroit' adds ease to the conversation. If you have a more meaningful conversation, then you end up explaining your actual home town.

As an aside, I was born in Detroit, & lived inside Detroit for many years. I now live up north.

I also remember, back in the olden days, mail coming to our house which sometimes said after our street address "Detroit, 20, Michigan", instead of "Ferndale, 20, Michigan". That 20 eventually became 48220.

I know I'm rambling here, please forgive me. I just wanted to impress upon you that it's a regional thing. Those who live outside Detroit or Wayne County do have & feel strong connections.

I :hug: Detroit, & always will; & I never, ever let anyone bad-talk my city.
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