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Detroit in Ruins

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    A photo essay:


    15 more photos like this one:

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  2. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Is that one of those 3D posters that, if you stare at it long enough, an image pops out?
    Gotta be either that or one of those M.C. Escher posters you buy in a college bookstore your freshman year and hang on your dorm room wall.
  3. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    These pictures make me almost physically ill. Looking at all the artifacts left behind in the abandonment. The books, the chandelier, the upended grand piano.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    There's a cult of people who photograph ruins in once-great cities. Mezmerizing, sad stuff. And a pretty dangerous hobby given the condition of all those buildings.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I watched the Kite Runner on Netflix last night.

    I was thinking about how sad it must have been for people to have to abandon their city and know that it had fallen into disrepair.

    Then I look at this and think about my mother & her family who are from Detroit and think how sad it must be for them.

    It looks like something post apocalyptic.
  6. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I wonder if it's worse in other large Rust Belt cities?
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The only place that leaps to mind is Gary, Indiana.

    Bigger cities like Cleveland & Pittsburgh have done a pretty good job remaking themselves. Detroit just seems to be rotting away at it's core and not enough people seem to care.
  8. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Somebody like JR would remember this...remember the urban prairies we linked here years ago?


    This may or may not have been the same link...

    Very interesting stuff. Sad.
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I've seen a few other sites about ruins of Detroit and other places. There was one of Tiger Stadium before it got demolished.

    Very sad to see. Too bad they can't be restored.
  10. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Six years old, a friend's mom took us to see Dr. Dolittle for her son's birthday party. Found the first crush of my life in that movie with Samantha Eggar -- all in that very balcony.
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  11. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    BookTV interviewed a photojournalist on this very subject a few months ago. Fascinating and sad at the same time.
  12. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Just saw a TV report that some company had relocated to Detroit and was adding 3500 or so jobs, and that another company had just expanded its hiring there.

    It's not rocket science. It takes jobs to rebuild the Rustbelt. Buffalo, Erie, Detroit, Cleveland have lots of cheap water and cheap land. I know there's more to it than that, but those places have the use the assets they have to actract business.
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