Actually you can sing Happy Birthday now. A federal judge declared it to be public domain about a month ago. (Though that decision probably hadn't come down yet when this episode was filmed.)
Well first the whole idea of this project "Revitalizing the downtown" is about 3 years out of date. The downtown is pretty much finished. Currently they're working on the arts district where the new Red Wings stadium is going.(Also people don't protest condos going up downtown so much. Some of the other neighborhoods, yes, but the hipsters have controlled the neighborhoods around downtown for a while now. They've got a whole foods and everything.)I also am thoroughly sick of the whole "Detroit is a dilapitated wasteland full of crime" thing. Maybe it was 10 years ago. It's not anymore. The city is vibrant, and alive, and full of young people who are dreaming and creating and growing. And yet al the world sees is the broken down, crime ridden city of a decade ago. And every time an episode like this airs it just reinforces the stereotype. Another thing that really bugged me was "Grosse Pointe". Now it's true that The Grosse Pointes (there are actually 5 of them, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Point Shores & The City of Grosse Point) are one of the wealthiest areas of Southeastern Michigan, but one oddity of this wealth is the fact that most of the houses are actually pretty tiny. They're expensive but not very large, and even the houses that are larger tend to have fairly small lots. The whole "People in Grosse Pointe tend to live in large secluded lots" thing? It doesn't really happen. Grosse Pointe borders Detroit for goodness sake. It is a very urban area. Now to be fair, there are some large fenced in lots in Grosse Pointe, mostly in Grosse Pointe Shores, along the river. (Well kind of along the river. More like across the street from the river.) But even those wouldn't be set off from everything like the mansion on the show. For the most part, they're on busy streets with large subdivisions behind them. Hardly the type of place no one would notice something strange.
I really wish tv writers would do even a modicum of research about the cities they set their shows in.I mean you don't have to do a ton, but literally EVERYTHING they mentioned about Detroit was either completely incorrect or out of date.The episode was fine as a whole, but that completely through me out of the story.
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