Place where anyone in Michigan claims to be from. You can ask someone from Kalamazoo or Cheboygan where they're from, and they'll say Detroit.
As for the crime, look at any other city-New York, Chicago and L.A. are worse. There are not many people living in Detroit anymore, because they all live in suburbs.
Also, Detroit has some great fancy restaurants, a great river view, and architecture. Motown (Supremes, Temptations, etc.) and the beginnings of rock-and-roll started here.