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Patricia Nemeth
Patricia Nemeth
Patricia Nemeth, an attorney, sits with her daughter, Sophina, at the Coach Insignia restaurant.
Lived in Detroit: 6 years
Favorite spot: Alice in Wonderland-esque chairs at Coach Insignia

The bar is located at the top of the General Motors building, almost 75 floors up. In the corner, where it's a bit darker, are the most glorious chairs you've ever seen. The four chairs are covered in red velvet, exactly like I'd imagine a queen's throne.

The chairs' backs are about six feet high, and I almost have to climb into them since I'm short. Then I look out the large windows, gazing over the city lights. It's so meditative; I just lose myself and forget about what's happened during the day.

Why I love Detroit: The view reminds me that everything I love to do is here in Detroit - my daughter Sophina's school, MGM casino, my neighborhood in the central business district - and I can walk to it. It's a very simple life for me, and I like that.

Those people are the reason I call Detroit home. They have a never-say-die mentality. If there is anything that can be said of Detroit, it's that we are survivors. Thanks to this city, that's how I think of myself, too.

NEXT: Chip Humitz

Last updated October 14 2009: 2:15 PM ET
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