Thus it’s understandable why the “us versus the world” mentality is so prevalent among Detroit locals. The economic crisis of 2008 paired with the gradual slowdown of production in the rust belt and the drain of mental power (as more young professionals moved out of the city) has left Detroit in a rough state to say the least. And the world pointing fingers is definitely not helping.
In the end, what made the conversation so memorable was Willa’s willingness to talk and really get to know us (as much as you can in a five minute conversation). Personally, coming from a city where locals aren’t really known for their general hospitality or willingness to hold conversations with strangers (Orlando), I find mingling with locals from Detroit to be refreshing. Midwestern hospitality is real you guys.