DETROIT – A tourist town in Oregon says Detroit is giving it a bad name.
Voters in the 300-resident village of Detroit, Ore., will decide Tuesday whether to dump the moniker it shares with the Motor City.
The ballot proposal would change the name of the town nestled in the Cascades foothills, and best known for its boating and skiing, to Detroit Lake.
Builder Doug DeGeorge tells The Detroit News that "Detroit" carries an unsavory image. He expects the measure that he helped get on the ballot will pass, but says the village means no offense to the Rust Belt city often associated with crime, corruption, failing schools and a shaky auto industry.
Detroit City Councilman Gary Brown said Oregonians are making a big mistake because the Motor City will one day return to previous glory.