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There a book of pictures taken in Detroit that I find extraordinary:
http://www.marchandmeffre.com/detroit/index.html
by Xavier in Paris on Tue May 17th, 2011 at 02:09:33 PM EST
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Detroit is ground zero for the failure of US post-WW2 urban policy:

  1.  Encouragement of Suburbia: check
  2.  White Flight: check
  3.  City government run by corporations: check
  4.  Failure to maintain public infrastructure: check
  5.  Idiotic "re-vitalization" schemes: check
  6.  Low population density per acre: check
  7.  Elimination of Public Transportation: check
  8.  Failure to maintain Public Services: check
  9.  Appalling educational system: check

and on & on & so forth.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue May 17th, 2011 at 04:37:46 PM EST
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In other words: Every bad thing about a US city you can say in the second half of the 20th Century is present -- and an order of magnitude worse -- in Detroit, without any of the bounce-back other cities have experienced in recent years.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Wed May 18th, 2011 at 06:07:48 AM EST
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O my God! This is so scary! And how people manage to live amongst these ruins? Couldn't they find some use for them? I see a lot of them are in city centre...Unbelievable. They probably do not care any more...you know like when one is so poor and can't afford decent food he starts not to care about anything else around. Really sad and scary...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Tue May 17th, 2011 at 08:11:33 PM EST
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Those photographs remind me of those by Camilo Jose Vergara. He is one of the great photographers of the recent (post civil rights) changes in cities like Detroit, New York and Camden, NJ with several excellent books to his name. Another place to look is the well-named site the Fabulous Ruins of Detroit.

The first time I was in Detroit, aside from transiting through the airport, I drove in from pleasant little Windsor, Ontario. Coming off the bridge, I felt like I got smacked in the face. There was the abandoned Michigan Central railway station, once the tallest train station in the world, now vacant and gaping, largely devoid of all windows, standing like a head stone over the city that never was and never will be. I was in awe.

by Jace on Sun May 22nd, 2011 at 08:30:54 AM EST
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