Invariably, when I tell people about living in Detroit or about my quickly approaching move to the city of Rochester, NY, people ask me, "Why?"
In fact, after showing us several houses for rent in the specific area of the city that Belinda and I are moving to, the rental agent finally stopped and said, "Can I ask you why you want to live in this area?" And a very nice discussion ensued.
One of my housemates, Michael, wrote an amazing article answering the question, "Why did I come to Detroit?" It's a beautiful, compelling, scholarly work (and he may try to add a bit more personal flavor in a second edition).
Please read Mike's Raison d'être.