In Detroit, of course. Yeah, ever since Eminem came out with that record about 15 years ago, I have wondered how non-Detroiters react to the subject of 8 Mile Road in Detroit, and if they even know where and what it is.
First a little background. About 40 or 50 years ago, the US Supreme Court started relaxing some restrictions on adult businesses. (Which I have nothing against anything involving adults, mind you. I digress.) Anyways, conservative Oakland County wasn’t going to have it. It is just north of Detroit, across 8 Mile Rd., on the west side. And it is ultra-conservative. The nearest equivalent I could find, for you people from California, for example, is ultra-conservative Orange County.
Anyways, they couldn’t open in Oakland County. But hey, that didn’t mean people there didn’t want to still frequent such establishments. So they opened right at the border. Which as fate would have it, just happened to be 8 Mile Road.
Ironically, people don’t realize, that they only can open on the south side of 8 Mile road, in Detroit. The north side is Oakland and Macomb Counties. Yeah, I don’t know what the big deal is about Macomb County. It’s not as conservative as Oakland. And I did see an adult book store there once (I also recently heard on the news that it closed down).
Also, I should tell you all, I don’t see the big deal, or perhaps I should say difference, for adult businesses. Nudie bars aren’t allowed to show actual nudity. The women have to wear pasties on their breasts. You probably see just as much if not more at a Hooters restaurant. And most liquor stores in the metro area sell adult magazines anyways. Detroiters ironically are somewhat more conservative, at least in sexual matters, than the suburbs. You probably get more there, in the suburbs, than in Detroit anyways. All the liquor stores in Detroit have discontinued adult magazines, due to neighbor complaints. I’m just telling you.
So anyone out-of-town ever been to 8 Mile Road? I just had to ask. It was an interesting place to be in when Eminem was a kid. NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) was what we used to call the businesses and other places there. Now, FWIW, I’ve noticed they are cleaning it up a little. There is this Subway Sandwich shop there, for example, not too far from where I live. And it looks so beautiful and clean. Even some suburb places look worse.
Thank you in advance to all who reply:).