Suburban Zombies

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Posted in category Detroit

A recent conversation with folks on a Google Group about some of the wonderful downtown Detroit hotels spurred me to think about why people would chose a boorish suburban chain motel as opposed to one of the eclectic downtown locations. After all, what’s wrong with the suburban Extended Stay America hotels? You can BBQ in the parking lot adjacent to Walmart and watch the Walmartians in their shorts and flip flops in January; take long, romantic walks under the freeway overpasses; have a power lunch of deep-fried anything at Bob Evans; camp out at Best Buy to be the first one in line to get a $20 DVD for $5; and lastly, you can wear your flannel pants and fuzzy slippers out to play adult video games at Dave & Buster’s. Additionally, you can enjoy the glory of “fine art” at the zombie shops in the malls.

With fine culture like this, who needs the urban humanities!


Detroit Book Cadillac


King 2 Room Suite Living Area

Detroit Hilton Fort Shelby



The Inn on Ferry Street

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5 Responses to Suburban Zombies

  1. David says:

    March 24th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    You really had me going with your rat-a-tat mockery of suburban tropes, but including adult video games stopped my laughter cold!

    Video games are a great and wonderful escape from modernity and the country that used to be America. There’s nothing wrong with them.

    (It’s also worth noting that most of the occupants of those nice Detroit hotels are likely white suburbanites, I’d guess. I’d assume that minorities and foreigners are more programed by TV ads to just go to the chains – although I don’t really know the demographic makeup of the hotel industry.)

  2. Dean says:

    March 25th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  3. Dean says:

    March 25th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    ^^^Sorry about the dead link.  Edit it and remove the index.html:

  4. Pam Maltzman says:

    March 25th, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    “The Inn on Ferry Street” looks like it was a former Gilded Age mansion that was lucky enough to be rescued. I’d love to see the inside of a building like that. Looking at the photos of the Detroit ruins makes me want to weep for a once-great city.

  5. Ron Liebermann says:

    April 3rd, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I stayed in a motel in Wisconson years ago that had been remodeled by its owner. Each of the twenty (or so) rooms had a different theme. There was a Library, an Art Gallery, a Colonial, etc. You could choose which theme you wanted. It was a lot of fun.

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