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Tour Detroit's "good, bad, and hopeful" sides

Tour Detroit's Jul 17th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Detroit gets a bad rap. So bad, it was voted the "Least Favorite" city in a recent TripAdvisor poll. But one local is trying to help both visitors and residents get a better understanding of the city, to see that maybe it's not the punch line everyone thinks it is. Linda Yellin, the creator of Feet on the Street Tours, runs walking, bike, and bus tours of the city for individuals and tour...

Apparently, everyone hates Detroit

Apparently, everyone hates Detroit Jun 25th, 2009 at 4:30PM: TripAdvisor.com conducted a survey of 3,400 Americans, asking them their opinions about various cities. The result may or may not surprise you: Everyone loves New York and everyone hates Detroit (above), which was not only listed as the "Least Favorite," but also the "Least Healthy" and "Dirtiest." Second and third place for least favorite city? Los Angeles and Atlanta. Why's everybody hating on...

Layover: Detroit

Layover: Detroit Jun 18th, 2009 at 8:30AM: Detroit's long association with the automotive industry led to poor public transportation development during the 1900s. As a result, the airport, which is thirty minutes from either downtown Detroit to the east or Ann Arbor to the west, is poorly connected to the cities. While there are a couple of public buses that visit the airport, neither lines go to any worthwhile destinations at any...

DHS biometric program begins in Atlanta and Detroit

DHS biometric program begins in Atlanta and Detroit May 30th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Non-U.S. citizens flying from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport will now have to leave their fingerprints as they leave the country. The objective, of course, is to prevent the use of forged or otherwise fraudulent documents, curb identity theft and apprehend "criminals and immigration violators." "Collecting biometrics allows us to...

Budget summer vacations from Detroit: Ann Arbor

Budget summer vacations from Detroit: Ann Arbor May 7th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Forty miles west of downtown Detroit and twenty minutes from its airport, Ann Arbor is the complete antithesis of it's next door neighbor. Unemployment and crime are among the lowest in the state, property values are high, education is top notch and the city is alive with innovation and activity. Sure, The D has it's virtues (as Mr. Lansel from the Post gently reminds us,) but there is a...

On the road with the Lincoln MKS

On the road with the Lincoln MKS May 7th, 2009 at 9:00AM: When Ford contacted us about taking Lincoln's new MKS out for a test drive, I thought that they had the wrong website. Autoblog, our sister site, takes care of all things automotive, and they would certainly be better equipped to handle a test drive. And in addition to being an airplane person, well, I'm not a very good driver. But they made a good point: everyone on Autoblog has seen the MKS a...

Second-tier airports still getting action

Second-tier airports still getting action Mar 17th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Smaller airports may have trouble supporting the needs of large airlines, but smaller carriers are filling in the gaps. Direct Air, for example, moved into Toledo to connect those Ohioans with Myrtle Beach, SC and Punta Gorda, FL – at dirt cheap prices. And, everyone knows that Toledo is a hotbed of trendsetters ... While these smaller airlines do provide service from local airports, saving...

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of January 24-30

Gadling Take FIVE: Week of January 24-30 Jan 30th, 2009 at 6:00PM: When it comes to finding places to stay, this week has turned up several options from national parks to a person's backyard. For the budget conscious traveler, Alison offers a new idea in her post Out: couch. In: tent. Instead of looking for a couch for a sleeping arrangement, there's another network where travelers can find a place to pitch a tent--like a person's backyard. If staying in...

Budget Travel: Detroit

Budget Travel: Detroit Jan 26th, 2009 at 11:30AM: Editor's note: Today's Budget Travel post comes from guest contributor David Landsel, editor of the New York Post's travel section. Summary Detroit is a place of big doings. Everything it has ever done, it has done spectacularly, from meteoric rise to the total cratering that has left the city half empty, more than sixty years after the unstoppable decline began. But the Motor City, the land...

Casinos offering travel deals in U.S. gambling spots

Casinos offering travel deals in U.S. gambling spots Jan 25th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Here at Gadling, Grant gave the scoop about Las Vegas's economic woes last September. Gambling was down 16% from the previous year this past November, according to Steve Stephens, the Travel Editor for the Columbus Dispatch. The downturn has not just been in Vegas. This past week, I heard on the radio that Donald Trump's casino company in Atlantic City is in danger of bankruptcy if the economy...

The Incorrigible City: Detroit

The Incorrigible City: Detroit Jan 12th, 2009 at 9:00AM: I've spent the better part of ten years around the city of Detroit, but except for brief forays into the city for DEMF or to visit St. Andrew's Hall, have been too shy to spend much time downtown. To many of us metropolitan folk, Detroit is trouble. Dirt, crime, poverty, empty buildings and dilapidation, while not really that prevalent downtown, is what many people come to view the city as, and...

Who Wins and Who Loses in Delta-Northwest Merger?

Who Wins and Who Loses in Delta-Northwest Merger? Nov 6th, 2008 at 10:00AM: Gadling has been closely following the merger between air travel giants Delta and Northwest Airlines. The marriage of the two carriers was recently approved by the Department of Justice. But what does this mean for the people on the ground and in the air? Aside from seeing new color schemes on the staff and aircraft, there are all those frequent flier miles Northwest patrons have been saving....

Detroit airport renovates

Detroit airport renovates Sep 8th, 2008 at 9:30AM: Most people don't know that Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) has two terminals, the McNamara terminal controlled by Northwest Airlines and various Skyteam partners and the Smith terminal, home to the other stragglers including United and Spirit. The reason that few people know about Smith is that it's kind of a dump. Anyone who has flown through the terminal in the last five years has been horrified at...

Northwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing

Northwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing Jul 22nd, 2008 at 9:30AM: Visitors to an air show at Dayton Int'l Airport got more excitement than they paid for when a Northwest Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing on the runway during the festivities. The flight originated in Tampa and was bound for Detroit. The crew decided to land when one of the computers connected to an engine failed. The pilot landed at the nearest airport, which happened to be...

Autopalooza August is part of Michigan's Year of the Car

Autopalooza August is part of Michigan's Year of the Car May 25th, 2008 at 11:40AM: As pointed out in this article in the Detroit Free Press, this summer marks the 100th birthday of the Model T AND the beginnings of General Motors Corporation. Just think what a difference 100 years have made in car travel. Even though gas prices have jumped tremendously, Detroit would be a fun place to celebrate the car. Detroit could use some tourist dollars besides and Autopalooza August, the...

Detroit's new casinos: The Motor City Casino

Detroit's new casinos: The Motor City Casino Apr 30th, 2008 at 4:00PM: Most people don't think of Detroit when they think of a tourist destination. The city has suffered considerably in the last century – much of the population has moved into the outlying suburbs, crime has surged and empty buildings dot its cold, Michigan skyline. The last several years have brought significant effort to revitalize the downtown area, however. Led by reconstruction of the...

Detroit's new casinos: The MGM Grand

Detroit's new casinos: The MGM Grand Apr 13th, 2008 at 10:00AM: Most people don't think of Detroit when they think of a tourist destination. The city has suffered considerably in the last century – much of the population has moved into the outlying suburbs, crime has surged and empty buildings dot its cold, Michigan skyline. The last several years have brought significant effort to revitalize the downtown area, however. Led by reconstruction of the...

Eye-opening ruins (but in Detroit?)

Eye-opening ruins (but in Detroit?) Jan 22nd, 2008 at 9:00AM: There's a trove of clubs that go out and explore urban ruins. And if you really think about it, there's no better place to do that than in Detroit, a city that has been in constant decay for decades (yeah yeah they always seem to have some sort of revitalization project going on). Two especially interesting, abandoned structures in Detroit happens to be the Michigan Central Station and the Detroit...

Detroit is on the list of must see places

Detroit is on the list of must see places Dec 27th, 2007 at 11:30AM: Yesterday when I was at a friend's house for Christmas dinner, I was talking to a friend of my friend about Detroit. She used to live there and said that when people told her there was nothing to do in this city, she took issue. She found there was plenty to do and, as it turns out, she has company in her thinking. The New York Times has come out with a list of 58 places to see in 2008. Detroit is...

A Greyhound bus Thanksgiving travel adventure

A Greyhound bus Thanksgiving travel adventure Nov 21st, 2007 at 4:15PM: When we walked into the Greyhound bus station in downtown Columbus today a little after 12 pm to buy my dad a one-way ticket to Cincinnati, he asked my daughter if she'd ever been to the station. "Nooo," she said, her voice implying disdain, as if, why in the world would she ever have the reason to go there. My daughter is 15, so you can imagine. It's the way they talk. My son, who is 5,...

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