This will have to be a quick and dirty review of the airport in Detroit, as I was only there the once, and briefly (after my niece's wedding in Detroit we drove up to my sister's place in Ontario, then my Aunt Kitty who lived then in St David's near Niagara Falls drove me down to Buffalo Airport in New York, from where I flew back to JFK).
Which reminds me, it's really crap how in the UK, virtually every transport system (buses, underground systems, trains, planes) forces you to buy return tickets by making singles (one way tickets) nearly as expensive as a return, thereby doubling your cost if you want to go back via a different route. It cost me no more to return to Scotland from Detroit via different airports than if I'd gone via the exact same airports because singles are half the cost of returns.
Anyway, yes, Detroit. Grubby little airport from what I saw, but the staff were really nice and helpful. Sums up Detroit itself in a way- it's no surprise that Michael Moore and Eminem are from that region. A sad place because the evidence is all there of a once great city and region, but it's very depressed and full of desperately poor people. You certainly don't get that "Have a nice day!" attitude in the shops which makes you realise that the US is not the same all the way through like a piece of Brighton Rock. What you do get is similar to that Glasgow attitude- people will be friendly and helpful if you need it, and if you approach them in a friendly way. I had a lovely taxi driver when I spent about $US100 on a pair of tights for my wedding outfit- there were no shops in the city centre and I had to be driven out to a nearby town. The service in my hotel was crap but the staff themselves were nice as anything. It's overwhelmingly African American there too which might lend a different style to the culture that I'm just not used to. I finally got to try grits; it was standard as part of the hotel's cooked breakfast. I liked grits.
There were signs on the motorway (the one that takes you under all the bridges, such as the Eight Mile Bridge) warning you that there is a fine of however many $US if you injure or kill a workman on the motorway. I was deeply shocked by this as it seemed to be implying that the workers' lives were worth very little, and basically only a monetary value at that. Surely people would avoid hitting a workman on the motorway for the simple reason that it's wrong to kill another human being? And surely if you did you would be charged with something accordingly by the police?