DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are in the World Series for the second time since 2006. But much of the city seems seasons away from its own grand slam.
TV viewers during Game 3 on Saturday will see aerial shots of a downtown Detroit that's appealing. Whole Foods is building a store north of where the Tigers play, and wealthy optimists are snapping up vacant downtown office buildings and filling them with workers.
But the neighborhoods seem a world away from downtown. Homicides are up while the population is down. Former Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel says it's a tale of two cities: There's momentum downtown but a breakdown in services elsewhere.
But barber shop owner Chrystal Jackson says the Tigers give Detroit "something to laugh and smile about."