The closest I've heard mentioned is Southwest Detroit (between Mexican Town and Dearborn). Rough, rough hood.
OT: Steve Perry on non-existent "South Detroit"
You're actually alot safer in southwest Detroit then say the near east side, highland park, brush park to cass area or west detroit. It's not great obviously considering its still Detroit but I can't think of an area outside of right in the middle of downtown where I feel safer.
Actually I was just there visting a friend who lives right on the corner of Vernon and Clark and it really isn't too bad. Not incrediblely safe, but a cool area with lots of great food, Clark Park with an outdoor rink (but it just lost funding from Detroit for its electricity bill and the nonprofit running it can no longer afford the bills for the entire park), and actually some really nice looking schools. It was fun cruising some bars and eating late at Armandos. Plus the Panaderia right there makes the BEST donuts and smells amazing.
no South Detroit!? How can that be? Are you telling me the laws of geomagnetism are actually suspended in Detroit? I had no idea Detroit was so broke they could only afford 3 magnetic directions.
Coleman Young auctioned off South Detroit for some hardwoods and a new limo.
South Detroit = Windsor
I don't really have a problem with a band writing that into a song when they don't know the facts. However, I'm not sure I like the Michigan crowd (who obviously should know better) singing along so proudly as if they were from the mythical South Detroit.
Maybe it should have been East Detroit. The city of "Eastpointe" would freak out.
And a great one at that. Come on, don't you feel like singing along right now
that's a stretch, like saying DaVinci Code was a great written work.
Saccharine for the masses.
Maybe it'd still be East Detroit if it had been in the song.
at Toledo Walleye game successfully sang along to the song (including pausing the playback for the famous line). Then again the team is a feeder for the Red Wings and I saw a lot of people in the crowd wearing Wings gear. I wore Michigan gear and blended in perfectly.
Was the city boy a Canadian?
IMO, there is no greater place for men under 25 than Windsor, Ontario.
...it was just the ULTIMATE Steve Perry psych out?
He'd have to quit baseketball too?!
When people sing this song knowing full well they know zero about Detroit
I grew up on the West side and attended Michigan and won't sing the words.
I prefer to use the made-up lyric "soft" Detroit, referring the suburbs.
Do you also refuse to sing the "East side of Chicago" line in that Paper Lace song?
If you ask me, they're just songs, not a litmus test for true Muchigander status or geographical knowledge.
Confession: I have also been known to sing all the words to "In The Name of Love" even though I know when MLK died.
Memphis time might be early morning in Ireland?
Its funny, i was born in raised in the southwest detroit. I love journey and i usually say "born in raised in southwest detroit" lol
Back in the day when Journey was hot, they did a concert in Detroit (Cobo Hall maybe). And after the concert they were in their hotel rooms and saw all the lights across the river. Someone in the room stated that's south Detroit you're looking at. Not sure if who ever said that knew it was Windsor and refered to it as south detroit or actually thought it was south Detroit. I have alot of useless info in my head and sometimes there is need to get rid of it to make room for more.
This topic seems to come up for discussion a lot. We always come to the same conclusion: they goofed.
South Detroit doesn't exist can they stop playing this freakin song?
Seriously over thinking it. Just because there is no incorporated town of South Detroit, that doesn't mean there is not a south part of Detroit. I find it funny that people won't sing the words. John Denver's "Country Roads" is geographically inaccurate, but it's still a great song. Plenty of people from Detroit and other parts of southeast Michigan know plenty about Detroit, they still sing the song. Hilarious.
There are no great John Denver songs
Agree to disagree, but I have to question your taste in music.
Doesn't every city have a south, north, west and east side?
Detroit has a downtown, an east side, a west side and "southwest Detroit". There is no such thing as "south Detroit". The only thing south of Detroit is Windsor. There is also no such thing as "north Detroit".
Trust me. I grew up in Dearborn, a few blocks from the Rouge plant and a stone's throw from southwest Detroit. If you don't want to trust me, look at a map.
Why doesn't have to be about a real place? South Detroit just fit and sounded better than Allen Park.
It's funny, I always go ahead and sing the words, but when I'm around non-Detroiters (living in Chicago, it's obviously frequently, but not as frequent as you might think!) I feel compelled to explain there's no South Detroit. Mostly, they don't want to hear it but I can't seem to stop doing it. I don't know why!
Damn it, I've rebuffed this before:
There IS a South Detroit; it just happens to be in South Dakota.
Then unless detroit is a straight line running east and west (8 mile) there is a southern part of detroit even if people dont refer to it as south detroit. One could even say that it is Delray
I remember my girlfriend (now my wife) wondering what constitued South Detroit. I said it was Ohio.
because I was always under the impression that South Detroit was refering to the Downriver area. I recall reading an article or interview with other band members claiming that South Detroit sounded much better than Downriver...lyrically speaking.
That would be like... Monroe County. I live in Monroe County. You know what's there?
....as someone who has designed a fair number of distribution projects in Monroe County, I've walked by a few of these:
Wouldn't this be South Detroit?