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Detroit, the Ultimate entertainment destination

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By the quote of the title, you probably know it from the new MGM Grand Casino/Hotel commercials. Well do you think this and other things will help make Detroit an ultimate entertainment destination? Along with this and the two other casinos, plus new "Rivertowns" going in east and west of downtown. We all know that Detroit is back, but will this spark everyone who doesn't know, to realize Detroit's flare is back?

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No. There needs to be many things realized before Detroit is a destination. 1, that the great assets of Michigan heritage cannot operate on a $1-a-day budget so-to-speak. On that same token, neither can exurban sprawl. But, what the hell, slash taxes anyway. We shouldn't have to pay to live here. Money grows on poor peoples' trees.

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YES!!!

Wheter you want to admit it or not, the Casino have already made Detroit a regional destination. We have only three casino's and we are number 5 as far as casino destinations. In all actuallality we are number 3 (if you were to list distinations by city). The two that are in head of us are the state of Connectiut, and Chicagoland (which is IN/IL).

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If I was from Xville, Xstate and wanted to vacation in Detroit, it probably wouldn't be because of casinos. Yes, they are a great and important entertainment asset, but to call Detroit an entertainment destination because of them isn't accurate to me yet. I think they offer potential to building that foundation though. And, yes regionally they are a draw. You see the Lakefront Lines from Cleveland multiple times a day.

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If anyone can help transform Detroits reputation it's MGM Grand. They have built some of the finest resorts in the world. And I hear that they are bringing over 1200 Celebs. to a black tie invitation only event tuesday Night as a part of the grand opening. People against my opinion like wall street journal say it's an 800 Million dollar resort with panoramic views of a wounded deserted city.Well for one Detroit isn't at all deserted and I think if it's drawing this much attention it will be even busier. I have heard from many local and even national news around the country. It's MGM. In Detroit. How could this NOT draw attention and attraction to the city. Say what you want but it is happening.

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Yah, I don't agree with the wounded, deserted city either. If anything, you look out your casino hotel window and see an old, bruised city in surgery...cranes, scaffoldings, new trees, pavement, and investment. Quite the opposite. The judgement of Detroit is 2 things: 1) its image and 2) what it looks like.

Let's say you can get over its image. Its rough physicality still says that its dead to people. It's wrong, but still the way people perceive it. Or on the other hand, let's say you are a suburbanite who is able to get over point #2. They know Detroit has passed many hurdles and is becoming an attractive center to live, work and play. But some will still insist that the image of "you'll get shot if you go there" is still true despite all the progress.

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A permanent MGM Grand will help Detroit, but it wont transform the city's reputation. Having 3 casinos hasnt really changed the perception of Detroit. What needs to happen is more development around the casinos and throughout downtown, which these casinos can be a catalyst for, but they themselves arent going to change how people think of Detroit.

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I agree with you Zissou. I think that with development stemming from the casinos, then they will be successes in many peoples eyes. I have always invisioned MGM eventually building a few condo towers adjacent to the casino as they have done in Las Vegas, but that is probably a pipe dream. I figure they have already risked enough in Detroit let alone the risks involved in building a condo tower.

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Besides casinos, what type of developments do you guys think will help transform the city into a great destination....and do you think it will happen and when?

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Besides casinos, what type of developments do you guys think will help transform the city into a great destination....and do you think it will happen and when?

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Exactly what I was thinkin CGunn, I think there needs to be entainment for everyone, such as a large movie theatre or an arcade, good idea for the temporary casino to convert into.

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When Company X or Association Y decides to have a conference and they already went to Las Vegas last year, and San Antonio the year before that, and Orlando the year before that, they just might pick Detroit because it is a change of pace and offers something unique.

It's not about trying to convince the Hendersons in Iowa to visit Detroit on a vacation, its about offering Detroit as an alternative to other "convention destinations".

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So the MGM Grand Detroit opens tonight and I'm hearing from all over, the way the hotel looks and the previews for others, this could start a new era fro detroit. Las Vegas of the Midwest type deal. Read it in all the papers across the country and they're saying that this is the First major las vegas style casino ANYWHERE outside Las vegas. The previews for the other casino's look dazzling as well. Not soon, but eventually do you think Detroit will be something like the Las vegas of the Midwest. A sort of Reno compared to Las vegas??

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I dont think so and I certainly hope not. Detroit is a real city and not some glorified gambling playground. I suppose its possible though if this new Xanadu proposal happens turning Cobo into a convention center and casino.

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How could this be considered the "first" Las Vegas style casino outside of Las Vegas? I know that it is opulent, but there are tons of opulent casinos across the country.

Also, as far as Detroit being the "Las Vegas" of the Midwest, it won't necessarily happen. But that isn't the point. Like I said before, Detroit isn't specifically marketing itself as the gambling alternative to Vegas. Rather, it is marketing itself as one of many convention destinations, and the casinos are just one of the many "attractions" that give Detroit an upper-hand over the competition. Many groups that would have otherwise chosen Indianapolis, Chicago, Orlando, San Antonio, Miami, etc. can now throw Detroit in the mix. Before there was no reason to pick Detroit over Chicago or even Indianapolis. Now, with the help of the Casinos (as well as Greektown, the Riverfront, Campus Martius, etc.) Detroit could become a likely candidate.

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I dont think so and I certainly hope not. Detroit is a real city and not some glorified gambling playground. I suppose its possible though if this new Xanadu proposal happens turning Cobo into a convention center and casino.

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Las Vegas is what it is today because a few hotels and casinos popped up on a strip of road and they had guys like Sinatra and Elvis perform there. Its based on pure entertainment, which is fine and brings in lots of money, but dont tell me its a real city. Its one big glorified resort.

Now if you would like to see Detroit turn into a sea of endless guady casinos and hotels while losing all the character that has made the city what it is, I guess its your right to have that oppinion, but the second Detroit turns into that im out of here. I want to see Detroit diversify more, not just shift from manufactoring to gambling. I want Detroits story to be a success story that the city came back and now can be compared to places like Chicago and New York, not that it opted for the title of 'Vegas of the midwest' cause it was the easiest option. Detroit should strive to be like other world class cities with economies that provide a wide array of jobs and services, not just cater to people who want to be entertained for a week.

I think the path that Detroit is taking right now is what they should be doing in regards to the casinos. They are an added bonus for people visiting the city and provide good entertainment, but they dont define Detroit, and they absolutely shouldnt.

Im pretty positive too that turning Detroit into Vegas wont stop the Michigan brain drain either. People will still flock to 'real' cities like Chicago and New York where there are economies that arent solely based on one industry, particularly hotel and gambling business.

Just cause you enjoy spending time in Vegas and what it provides doesnt mean its a good solution for Detroit or Michigan.

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Wow... We lived in a messed up culture if ANYONE thinks Las Vegas is more of a "city" than Detroit.

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Wow... We lived in a messed up culture if ANYONE thinks Las Vegas is more of a "city" than Detroit.

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Well Las Vegas is the fastest Growng City in America in terms of Population. I guess that it means that yes, it is more of a city than Detroit since it is building nieghborhoods as opposed to Detroit which tears them down.

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