Warmer weather and higher gas prices have caused many of us to rethink our daily routines, myself included. Per usual, I have attended various events and patronized many establishments downtown over the last two weeks. What made the last two weeks unusual, was that fact that I did not drive once in order to attend these gatherings. Instead, I either biked or walked the mile to downtown. I believe flexibility epitomizes the very best of urban living in Detroit-not only are there fantastic places to hangout and many happening events that occur during the springtime-but most are readily accessible by walking, riding, or hopping-on the People Mover for those lucky enough to be living in downtown Detroit. That is why I am always encouraging people to give urban living a try-people are always amazed with how much is available just steps from their door. The Riverwalk, too, is fast becoming the destination of choice for lazy May strolls along the river, so don’t miss out!
In other news, I am pleased to announce that I also left my SUV at home, and took the bus to work for the first time last week. It took me from downtown Detroit to downtown Birmingham in 45 minutes, nearly door-to-door! The service was efficient, the ride was pleasant and the price was right, especially when compared with the prospect of paying $4.00 per gallon of gasoline. It felt great being able to conduct business as usual-going to the office, meeting friends for a drink at Mosaic-without having to drive (or park) my car. This freedom also reminds me why I love big cities so much, including Washington, D.C. and Rome, Italy, where I had the privilege of living before. These are just some of the advantages of living in Detroit nowadays that perhaps you haven’t considered, and it is the icing-on-the-cake in today’s buyer’s market, where real estate deals abound for the savvy consumer.