But this experience didn’t just expose me to a different area of Detroit. It opened my eyes to the fact that Detroit seamlessly blends different cultures. Whether I am passing murals of different backgrounds, walking through Mexican town, or even witnessing and learning about the Detroit’s hip-hop culture, it was amazing to realize being in Detroit is also being immersed in many different cultures. Even in the struggling areas of Southwest Detroit, I noticed there was no lack of the culture that the rest of Detroit brings to the table from the unique restaurants, such as an El Salvadoran restaurant, to the different dance styles and studios all sharing the same building.
The way Detroit blends different diversities is truly unique. I can’t help but notice while biking down a few blocks the variety of backgrounds people in this community bring forward, whether that be a cultural business or studio. It’s interesting how one small trip to a different part of Detroit fundamentally changed my current perception of Detroit. Sure, I might’ve been a little uncomfortable going to a different part of town by myself, but I also learned how stepping outside of your comfort zone and refusing to be complacent empowers you to peer through a different lens and gain a better sense of something’s true identity, whether that be for the better or for the worse.