8. Everything being too expensive
Well yeah, exclusively shopping at leather goods stores and eating out 12 times a week adds up, doesn't it? Say what you will about some of the fancier things opening in town, but you should never say you can't get by on the cheap in this city. Find out your favorite bars' happy hours (here, we did it for you) -- or maybe try a new bar? Look for healthy food options to cook at home, and yes -- you can shop healthy outside of the Midtown Whole Foods. (Super Greenland in Dearborn, anyone?) And you don’t have to have a $600 Shinola watch to wear made-in-Detroit pride; the city’s wide variety of artisans and makers would be happy to have your business as well. (Oh yeah, and maybe follow @freeismylife on Twitter for all the best Detroit deals.)
9. The rent
The big, controversial issue on everyone’s minds is the cost of Downtown living. Or the cost of Midtown living. You can’t afford to live in Detroit? No, wait -- you can’t afford to live in Downtown Detroit. The rest of Detroit, whether it’s a flat in Hamtramck or a three-bedroom house in Grandmont, is still affordable. You need to get out there and see some other neighborhoods before playing the "Detroit is too expensive" card. (And either way, you're still stuck with high car insurance.)
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Aaron Foley is the author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass, editor of BLAC Detroit magazine, and probably knows more about Detroit than you.