Tuesday, October 25, 2005
It will take more than this to make Royal Oak part of the Real World
MTV recently leased 8,812 square feet of space in downtown Royal Oak, adding weight to rumors that the next season of Real World will be based in the city.
It makes sense, really. The Super Bowl is coming to Detroit, and could be part of the new season, but MTV would never go so far as to put its cast in the new lofts in the city. Aside from the fact that the lofts are built like fortresses in many places because the neighborhoods have not caught up to the safety level desired by loftdwellers yet, Detroit may be a little too “real” for the Real World.
Royal Oak is a nice little Emerald City of restaurants and hipster bars, with some boutiques and chain bookstores thrown in. It wasn’t always like this, but it has over the years become a caricature of a cool city. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, and go get yourself an overpriced margarita while we quietly finish pushing out the original merchants who helped Royal Oak become the nice overpriced urban suburbia it has become.
All in all, I can’t see my life being affected by the Real World’s presence all that much; in the unlikely event that the Royal Oak cast ventures into the city, or even into Ferndale, I can’t picture them slumming into any of the local dive bars, except for the possibility of one or two episodes where they display their edginess by venturing into the seedy underbelly of the local hillbilly hangouts. And on those nights, if I’m there I will make a point of constantly swearing loudly enough to prevent them from getting any good audio.