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Super Bowl XL - Is Detroit Ready?

This is a start to a series of reports I will put together around Super Bowl XL in Detroit. I plan on covering what is in the media, including some video clips from local newscasts. I will document and photograph some of the places the teams and visitors are sure to frequent while in town.

Note: I live in the Detroit area and work in Dearborn where the players will be staying. I will try my best to cover this fairly, by showing the good and the bad.

I have already mentioned in a few posts how the Hookers are getting ready by placing ads on Craigslist.com.

Today's Detroit Free Press has an article about Journalists impressions so far. Detroit is currently hosting the North American International Auto Show this week and next. This show draws media from all over the world. A couple snapshots from the article:

"There are still a lot of empty houses and buildings," said Vollbach, who made his seventh visit to the show. "And it's amazing how bad the roads are -- there are holes in the streets and you'd never see that in Germany. It's still not one of the U.S.'s prettier cities."

"I thought there were more problems but it's more organized and cleaner than I remember it," said Relato Rossi, an auto and technology reporter in Brazil, who has been to the show seven times.

"We've heard it's too dangerous to go out downtown," said Hsun-Chang Chien, a Taiwanese journalist who has been to Detroit three times and stayed at the Marriott in downtown Detroit.

Weather will also be a huge factor. So far this has been the mildest January I can remember. It has been very overcast, but the past couple weeks have been up in the low 40's. THAT is balmy around here for this time of year. I hope the big snow isn't waiting to show up all at once during the Super Bowl weekend.

Keep checking back. I will be hit the night life around here with my camera in tow.
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