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Let’s Detroit Ambassadors on Where to Live and Work

December 19, 2023

What are your peers across the country saying about Detroit?

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Mia Naylor, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Ancor Automotive; Let’s Detroit Ambassador

“Views of the city depend on whether you have always lived in the Detroit Region or moved here as an adult. (My peers) feel as a person who lives outside of Michigan, Detroit has more of a bad reputation than other major cities where people may be job searching. If someone is offered a job in Detroit and Tampa, they are going to take the job in Tampa.”

What’s Michigan’s biggest challenge that would make you leave after graduation?

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Brooke Sauer, Freshman, Oakland University; Let’s Detroit Campus Ambassador

“The weather. You never know what you’ll get, and it gets too cold in the winters. Besides that, Michigan just isn’t advertised as a beautiful place to live in, which affects how it’s viewed. When you think of a
beautiful state you don’t think of Michigan because it’s not shown as one. It’s just seen as the Motor City.”

The most important factor in deciding where to live after graduation?

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Jacques Jones, Graduate Student, Wayne State University; Let’s Detroit Campus Ambassador

“The amount of social and affordable opportunities for working-class residents. Opportunities such as reliable transit access, guarded bike infrastructure, mixed-use multi-family zoning work toward bridging current inequities between classes.”

What is one thing needed to make Michigan a better place to live, work, and play?

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Vivica Addrow, Sophomore, University of Michigan; Let’s Detroit Campus Ambassador

“If there was one thing I could do to make Michigan a better place is to make fresh foods more accessible to the community. One of the things that makes Michigan hard to live in is the limited access to grocery stores in urban cities, such as Detroit.”