Country of origin: Bristol, United Kingdom
“I thought it would be a complex city to understand. A city of contradictions. A city of extreme wealth disparity. Many other ‘well to do’ Americans had warned me against going there due to the bankruptcy and subsequent crime/dereliction, but I had also read articles about inspiring grassroots movements and community projects that are browning up to fill the city with a renewed life and creativity.
I discovered a place which is coping amazingly well in the face of financial hardship, and I saw evidence all around of new growth (both state, commercially and socially funded). Despite the bad press it gets, it felt like such a safe place to cycle around. It is a city which smiles! I discovered some of the most hospitable, friendly and passionate people here, and felt there to be a real tangible sense of community amongst those who chose to stay put. I hope this continues to grow and that the gap between different neighborhoods doesn’t start widening with gentrification.
Hostel Detroit is a gem. It lies in the heart of the vibrant neighborhood of Corktown, and is a short cycle from the centre. The managers could not be nicer if they tried. They are invested in all they do, from community projects in their neighborhood to showing their guests a good time around Detroit. These guys deserve medals.
AND I should also add that I have told (and will continue to tell) the good folk back in Bristol about the amazingness of SLOW ROLL. I think this should migrate to our side of the pond!”