Wednesday, April 2, 2014

(Not Really Wordless) Wednesday


A few weeks ago we went to Flint, Michigan. The crime rate there is consistently ranked very high in the state. We'd never been but had to go (my husband had a commitment to keep for a school project).  The city was nice and quiet and we enjoyed our visit.


A few days ago we went to Ann Arbor. The city is consistently ranked very high on nice places to be in Michigan. We've visited a good number of times and never had a problem.  This time, however, there were unmentionables on a main sidewalk, graffiti everywhere, and more than half a dozen police vehicles zooming in like a high speed chase movie as we were leaving. The police officers surrounded a guy they threw to the ground right outside of the restaurant where we'd just eaten dinner.

It would be a terrible shame for the latter to become run down. It could have just been a bad day to visit.

62 comments:

Robin said...

Interesting. Makes a case for right place, wrong time. Right place, right time. Wrong place, right time. Or wrong place, wrong time.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Well I guess when a crook or an unmentionable finds out a place is nice... they want to mess it up for everyone else. Too bad but I think this happens a lot.

Masshole Mommy said...

Oh jeez - let's chalk it up to a bad day in the city and hope for the best the next time you go back!

Mary said...

That's definitely ironic... :)

Pat Hatt said...

Criminals prey on the easy spots, and yep, it does happen lots

another jennifer said...

Well, let's just hope it was a bad day for a visit.

Janine Huldie said...

Hoping for just a bad visit indeed, but definitely food for thought not his Wednesday now.

Kristi Maloney said...

Ann Arbor sounds like a rough neck of the woods. I've never been to Michigan, but my grandmother used to live there.

mail4rosey said...

I wasn't happy w/our visit that day. Everything seemed so dismal and the graffiti was on so many business signs. I thought it was a shame. Maybe w/warm weather coming, things will get cleaned up.

Sandee said...

I've seen the crime rate in California rise. The prison realignment is the cause. There is little consequences for the bad guys so they just commit more crime. A slap on the hands and they are back on the street to do more crime. All in an effort for the state to save money. Yet they have many other projects that could be scrapped to save money. Go figure.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Rea T said...

oh wow! what an interesting day and place to it and to have witnessed all that rosey...

Julie Maloney said...

Yeah, one never can tell when it comes to a city. Maybe there was an event that would cause graffiti and unmentionables the night before? Lol. Ah, hopefully it was just a bad day for the city, hate to see anything go to ruin.

stevebethere said...

It was probably just a bad day and it just happened to be where you was at the time ;-(

Theresa Mahoney said...

I guess that goes to show that even the nicest cities still have their problems, huh?

Jen said...

My Aunt lives in Flint! I really need to visit.

Jenn said...

I suppose even the nicest cities have their not-so-pretty moments!

Stephanie said...

I think the dreadfully long winter and no sign of sun is making everything seem even drearier?

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Hmmm, that's strange! I guess you really have to visit a city yourself to get a feel of it and not rely on someone else's opinion.

Self Sagacity said...

Interesting about MI. I was in Roseville, MI a few months ago, and noticed the city haven't changed much in terms of new businesses and real estate. It was nice to see that things have remained the same, but then, not so good for the economy of the city.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's an ironic twist. Hart Johnson lives in Ann Arbor and she's always had great things to say about it.

Ms POSH said...

I hope Michigan can snap out of it.
POSH

Justin Knight said...

Glad you guys were safe!

Elephant's Child said...

What an interesting twist on your expectations. Hopefully Ann Arbor (love the name) can be cleaned up.

Camille Griffiths said...

Hmm, I guess things don't always turn out how they're supposed to, huh!

alissa apel said...

Craziness! I think I was a documentary about Flint, Michigan once.

Karren Haller said...

Good grief, is it safe anywhere any more?

~ Noelle said...

I hate to hear that - a couple of my friends LOVE Ann Arbor.

Susan Cook said...

I guess you can't go by these crime reports then. Sounds like interesting visits though.

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Ok that is really scary stuff. Glad you were safe or returned safe. Personally never been east of San Antonio Texas. I need to travel more, huh? I need to kill this cancer crap and then travel huh? LOL Thanks for your sweet words. awh ~

Marie Moody said...

I hate seeing that kind of stuff. It just confirms my thinking of staying home where I'm happy, and loved. All this stuff I see enough of it on-line. I don't care to see it in person. What is happening to our society.

Joyce Lansky said...

I hope the city doesn't go bad. My daughter is there.

Paula Miller said...

I miss Wordless Wednesdays but I couldn't possibly keep up at this point! One day I'll be able to participate again :)

Julie Corbisiero said...

Wow that is too bad Rosey I hope that area doesn't go bad! I'm glad you guys are ok though! Have nice night and enjoy the rest of the week!

Launna said...

That is too bad... I too have heard good things about that place, hopefully it was an off day... all cities have them... Nice that the other one did not live up to it's reputation :)

Binky said...

All large cities have their good and bad days. Hope it's not an indication of what's to come.

Brian Miller said...

guess it goes to show you never can tell...ha
i have yet to make it to michigan

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I hope it was just an off day.

Ruchira Khanna said...

oh oh! what a scene it must have created esp for those dining in the restaurant.
Glad you guys were safe.
Thanks for linking up!

slehan said...

A tale of two cities. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

slehan at juno dot com

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosie .. it's interesting and frightening/worrying how crime moves around and spoils certain areas .. then they pick up and move on. We get ours from those who can't make it in the north, and from Londoners spreading down to an easy life ..and theft goes up - there's so much of it. Cheers Hilary

Cheriese said...

Oh no, hopefully things will get cleaned up soon!
I get very uncomfortable in those kind of situations :/

mail4rosey said...

Me too (for both of those statements).

mail4rosey said...

Having a sweet new baby at home does make you busy, I know. :)

mail4rosey said...

Right! I thought of you/her when I was there, and really hoped it was just a bad day.

mail4rosey said...

I've been to Vegas once, that's the only place west though. There's tons of places your way and above you I want to go see. :)

mail4rosey said...

We've never had an off day there until now. I guess it was bound to happen, it is a pretty populated place.

mail4rosey said...

The economy of the state is pretty sad/saggy/awful. It took some getting used to. But man, does this state have pretty Summer and Fall seasons. ;) Really, really. :)

mail4rosey said...

agreed

mail4rosey said...

It is a college town, so not implausible. ;)

mail4rosey said...

I'm thinking that's what it was too (knocking on wood). Maybe the warm weather will get some Spring Cleaning going and they can get rid of the graffiti on the business signs and such. That would help a ton.

mail4rosey said...

Right! hahaha

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Crime happens to some extent everywhere. Hopefully it was just bad timing.

Manzanita said...

Rosey
Even when I think of Michigan as a state, I think of good, honest, hard-working people, happy teenagers who dance swing and drink sodas. Every Sunday after church, people gather at the doughnut shop and then go for an afternoon picnic in the rolling country-side.
There, that is my image of Michigan..... don't spoil it. Haha

mail4rosey said...

We do have a lot of good, honest, hard-working people here. I'll give you that, and I won't say a word about anything else (though a picnic in the rolling country-side does sound nice). :)

mail4rosey said...

Pity that's it true, but I know you're right. I'm hoping the timing was just 'off' too.

Brandy said...

So hard to judge a book by it's cover or coverage... these days I never know what's good, run down, or great. It seems it depends on when you are there or what you here etc. Happy belated not so wordless Wednesday ;-)

Manzanita said...

There's an old song I often find myself singing.... It goes, "Oh how I wish again, I were in Michigan...... Home on the farm. Haha
I bet you haven't heard it.

Colette S said...

I'm glad your visit was okay though and you weren't threatened.

But sadly people seems to see no reason to have pride in their space and take care of their cities and communities.

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

I'm glad you were safe. I think crime can happen anywhere whether it be a good place or not. How scary to witness it though.

Chatty Crone said...

I wish people -not saying who - would go back to taking pride in the USA!

Ann Jones said...

We live in a city with 50,000 people and there are good and bad parts here too. Some days nothing happens and other days there are huge drug busts. I think all cities have good and bad days. Sorry that you had a bad experience, hopefully if you go again it will be better!

Kristie said...

Kinda ironic that you can go to two different cities and have the exact opposite experience in each that you would expect...not that you expected to have a bad experience in Flint...or at least I'm sure you hoped not to. ;-) If you make it Flint again, with your son, they do have a neat Children's Museum....actually both cities do! :-)