A couple of years ago I was in Detroit for the first time. I was surprised to see Canada out my hotel window. The city's history seems pretty interesting, especially 20th century history. Ethnic diversity, auto industry, motown... Large, working-class cities have got to have their own rythmn and I suspect all the US ones are a bit strapped economically right now. But the industrial cities of the Great Lakes on east seem "real" in a way that some other US cities (Denver, Seattle, San Fransisco, Portland) don't.
I was born in Rockaway, NJ (not really NEAR anything) but closer to NY then Philly. I grew up in Long Valley, NJ (again not NEAR anything) and outside of London, UK. I went to college & lived just outside of Philadelphia, until I moved to York, PA where I live now.
Just curious. Currently my dogs are in their crates from 7AM to 12PM, then from 1PM to 3PM. But we are going to have to switch and leave them for 9hours straight. So just curious of how long other people leave their dogs.