Recently, ESPN announced the finalists for cities eligible to host the 2014 Summer X Games, with Detroit, MI – my hometown and current place of residence – making the list. And despite the naysayers that give my city a really bad rap (quite literally, actually, since I'm sure many of you have heard about how it's "So Cold" here), there's good reason for Detroit to host the annual competition. Want proof? Check out the full five-and-a-half-minute-long video posted below.

ESPN had originally stated that "Detroit has been the most vociferous in its desire to host the games," and the video here provides some damn good high-res proof. Check out the rally-spec Ford Fiesta as it spins around the Cobo Hall roof parking deck and races along Woodward Avenue through the Campus Martius area. Or watch as folks on motorcycles and pedal-bikes jump and race through the gritty, gorgeous ruin porn of the historic Packard Plant, even backing-up traffic on the M-10 freeway for stunts and lining up in parade-like fashion along Cass Avenue.

I'm sure the other finalist cities – Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; and Charlotte, NC – all have plenty of credibility. But I dare you to watch the video below and not get at least a little excited about the possibility of the Motor City hosting the 2014 Summer X Games.



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      Janzend
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is that big abandoned building they have in several shots?
        johnb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Janzend
        michigan central train station. they keep it around for occasional movie prop business when hollywood's looking for junk to blow up.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnb
          yonomo200, I wish I could totally agree with you, but look at the treatment the gave Tiger Stadium. That was as historical a building as any other, and they ripped it apart and recycled it like it was a frickin' beer can. I hope they find a new use for that train station. Ideally, I'd like to see them reopen it as a train station, but maybe I'm getting ahead of myself there.
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          @johnb
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          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnb
          When you take into consideration how much Americans love sports, and the fact that the Tigers played there from 1912 to 1999, and the fact that they had been playing baseball on that site since 1894, I'd say the place had a lot of value. It only became a hulking mess because the city let it sit there for 10 years. Every time some developers came up with a plan to reuse the site, they were effectively shot down by the city. They could have done something outside the box with it, and had something truly special instead of doing what everyone else does. Whenever I went to games there, or even drove by it, the place took my breath away as it sat there at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull in a rather stately fashion. It may have not had the architectural appeal of the old train station, but it more than made up for it given all of the history behind those walls. I don't care what anyone says. It wasn't just another building. It was a shrine, and should have been restored, converted to lofts, a public park, and a museum, or all of the above.
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          @johnb
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          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnb
          Personally, I would have liked to have seen the city of Detroit sell Tiger Stadium to private developers when they needed the money, the same way the city of Pontiac did the Silverdome. The city was willing to pay so much a year to maintain the empty stadium in hopes of someone coming in and redeveloping it. Of course, when someone came forward with a plan, they were shot down. I look at what became of other historical sports venues, such as Maple Leaf Gardens, and the Montreal Forum, and envy sports fans in those towns, granted one's now a college arena with a grocery store under it while the other was transformed into a movie theatre, but at least the buildings are still there. Sadly, I think demolishing Tiger Stadium was as much about putting on a show as it was about addressing the city's blight problems. In the grand scheme of things, that stadium was a very, very minuet part of Detroit's blight problem. They could have accomplished a lot more in taking a bulldozer to some of those neighborhoods full of burned out houses that have been sitting for 30 years, or some parts on the east side that literally look like Beirut in the 80s. Of course doing all of that would not get national attention the same way that tearing down a much beloved, iconic, and registered national historic landmark would. I'm convinced that it was partly done for attention as they seemed hell-bent on knocking it down from the start. City council members were practically reaching for excuses as to why should be taken down. One member said that she saw it as a symbol of racism. In the summer of 2006, when it was first announced that Tiger Stadium was to be demolished, then Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick stated that he wanted to kick off the demolition with fireworks, and have it be a , and I quote, "celebration". At the end of the day, I wish it was given a fair chance at redevelopment rather than the political issue it became.
      tasakidog
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL detroit is so run down. Find a better city
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        @tasakidog
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        mazeroni
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tasakidog
        That is the idea. Bringing more attention towards Detroit ups their revenue allowing them to fix up what is run down. Also the marketing wites itself, Detroit has become the poster child for the 'American Spirit.' Bringing the X-Games there could result in huge ratings and positive publicity.
          Dwight Bynum Jr.
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          @mazeroni
          And what about the second the X-Games are over and done with, and all the money leaves Detroit with it, going right back into Bloomfield Hills, Troy, and Birmingham where it's been for the last 45 years?
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          Spies1
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          Yes, live on the wild side, borrow a bullet proof vest, get an armored truck, and drive through Michigan. It could be an event in the X-games. Drive thru Detroit at night, live, win.
      interruptive_cow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm watching people do extreme sports while being shot at and mugged would make for riveting television...
      Fish
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit is a great city to host the X Games. Michigan is the recreation capital of the friggin world. There are more registered sports vehicles there than ANYWHERE in the US. There are more certifiable racing, biking, boarding, biking, 4-wheeling whacko motor-heads than ANYWHERE. It\'s a city on the rebound that has fought back to regain it\'s pride. It\'s a city with courage. It\'s city that has a beat. It\'s a city with soul and diversity. Austin...yawn.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 1 Year Ago
      don't bother.
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        @Johnny Trailerpark
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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah, speaking of the city of my old alma mater... and the only place on this planet that I've ever been robbed at gunpoint. -_- Stay classy, Motor City.
        Spies1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        And holding the gun was a union backed professor, right!
      James Scott
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd go if they host it in Detroit.
      dinobot666
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been to Detroit and I've been to L.A. and I can say with some certainty that Detroit is way too crappy of a city to host the X Games. I know they're making great strides to remove themselves from their plight, but I wouldn't venture there unless I had to.
      collabplan
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      Instead of glorifying the shockingly horrific conditions in metro Detroit as some sort of marketing campaign, perhaps metro Detroit should actually do something about it. I struggle to understand why/how a city can deteriorate into a post-apocalyptic wasteland and then wear it as some sort of perverted badge of honor. Sad.
        Jake Laird
        • 1 Year Ago
        @collabplan
        Hard to rebuild your city when you have no money to do it with.
        Chris
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        @collabplan
        There are a lot of people trying to do something about it, and succeeding, but it's not going to happen over night. Having a little pride and confidence is never really a bad thing.
        stwang
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        @collabplan
        Detroit's ex-mayor kwame kilpatrick certainly didn't help.
        Spies1
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        @collabplan
        collabplan, Detroit is a shining example of how the Democrat ideals are nothing but failures. And the Unions have ruined the Detroit teachers, city workers, auto workers. Just look at the scumbag yonomo200 as a perfect example of the third world nature of Detroit.
      artso06
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool video. Article lost me with the "my home town..." plug. Realistically, Detroit makes no sense. I don't think it muster up the draw needed. Like it or not it's a depressing city (yes I've been there). "It can or could be" great but I would assume Chicago or Austin will win because of pure cash flow. No investments needed. X-Games is a business in the end.
        Hal20xx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artso06
        You do realize that Detroit is next to one of the most affluent counties in the entire country right?
        xenovitalis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artso06
        That would certainly be a coup if Chicago won since they're not even a finalist.
      brian peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      I grew up "down river" before they called it that I guess. It's sad to see the state of the city but they did it to themselves. X Games in Detroit. Yeah that would be cool but it won't do a bit of good. Detroit is just going to continue it's slow march towards the end.
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