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Nov 23, 2006 11:31 |  #1

A few days ago, someone posted this thread and photo. http://www.photography​-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=241688 In a subsequent reply, a post, from a Detroiter, intimated that the photo was fairly indicative of Detroit. Another commented on a foul odor that emanates from the city.

Well, while I don’t consider myself a Detroit apologist, I’m somewhat surprised that Detroiters would cast their city in such harsh light on a worldwide forum. Perhaps these comments and sentiments would be less hurtful if the audience were all locals who know that Detroit has much more to offer than burned out shells of buildings.

There is no doubt that Detroit is a somewhat economically depressed city. It was built on the American auto industry, and that industry is nowhere near as healthy as in the past. Furthermore, in my opinion, Detroit, except for a few years, has a history of mismanagement over the past 25 years or so.

I don’t live in the city of Detroit, rather in a northern exurb about 15 miles/25 kilometers north of the northern boundaries of the city (That’s 8-Mile Road for all of you Eminem fans). I moved here 16 years ago from the San Francisco bay area. Believe me, Detroit is no San Francisco; but it’s also not a total hellhole, either. I go into the city maybe 6-8 times a year for sporting events, theater nights, work related “command appearances” and the occasional foray to the casinos. In those 100 or so visits, contrary to what you might gather from one post, I’ve never noticed any odor even remotely reminiscent of rotten eggs nor steel mills.

Are there many burned out houses? No doubt! Are there extremely dangerous areas of the city that you wouldn’t want to be caught in even in broad daylight? Absolutely! Are there any number of unsavory characters who would just a soon pop you between the eyes as spit on the sidewalk? Damn straight!

But there are also multiple world-class medical centers, renowned art museums, successful professional sports franchises, innumerable fine restaurants and other nightspots and many wonderful neighborhoods that don’t feature derelict buildings, overgrown vacant lots or vermin infestation.

The photos in the next several posts were taken in a couple of hours on the afternoon of November 22. All within the city limits of Detroit and within a 10 minute drive of downtown.

Welcome to another Detroit!

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Nov 23, 2006 11:35 |  #2

A couple more, same neighborhood.

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Nov 23, 2006 11:36 |  #3

Now that's a much better welcome! :-)


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Nov 23, 2006 11:39 as a reply to runninmann's post |  #4

Detroit Institute of Art and Comerica Park, home of Tigers baseball team

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Nov 23, 2006 11:42 |  #5

kevin_c wrote in post #2303914external link
Now that's a much better welcome! :-)

Kevin, thanks for looking. I noticed that you were one of those worldwide POTN members who viewed the other, less flattering :cry: post. You are the people that I'm doing this for. I guess there are always at least two sides to every story.


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Nov 23, 2006 11:47 |  #6

Campus Martius, one of the holiday festival venues - conveniently located just outside of the Hard Rock Cafe. Statue - "Spirit of Detroit"

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Nov 23, 2006 11:49 |  #7

I think the other shot and it's title (whilst the picture was visible) was probably to be taken 'tounge-in-cheek', but it's nice to see the 'better' side of the city that I'm sure is more representative.


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Nov 23, 2006 11:55 as a reply to runninmann's post |  #8

The "RenCen" (Renaissance Center) - one of the few lasting positive accomplishments of a former, late mayor;) . Currently GM world headquarters.

"The Fist" signifying Detroit as the hometown of Joe Louis, "The Brown Bomber".

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Nov 23, 2006 11:59 as a reply to runninmann's post |  #9

So, welcome back to the "Motor City" -- another Detroit!

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Nov 23, 2006 12:04 |  #10

OK... OK.. you've sold it to me... :-) :-)

I'm booking my flight right now!


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Nov 23, 2006 12:06 |  #11

kevin_c wrote in post #2304022external link
OK... OK.. you've sold it to me... :-) :-)

I'm booking my flight right now!

:lol: :lol: I'll pick you up at the airport. :lol:


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Nov 23, 2006 18:18 |  #12

Architecturally I find the first set of photos more offensive! Gah its like Disneyland! Yuck!


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Nov 23, 2006 20:48 |  #13

I was the user that said that the burned out house was pretty much detroit for you, but I was mostly kidding. Detroit is an allright place. There's good and bad. There really isn't anywhere in the city that I'm scared to go in broad daylight. Nice indian village shots though. Here's a couple detroit shots of mine that shine light on nice parts as opposed to abandoned ones.

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Nov 24, 2006 06:06 |  #14

In my experience you'll find good and bad in any city you go to, anywhere in the world. I get to Detroit a few times a year on business, and always enjoy the diverse sights. All good shots here, by the way.

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Nov 24, 2006 06:40 |  #15

stupot wrote in post #2305099 (external link)
Architecturally I find the first set of photos more offensive! Gah its like Disneyland! Yuck!

I find nothing wrong with this response. Architectural beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My purpose for posting the photos was not to judge the architectural merits of the structures, but to illustrate that there are areas within the Detroit city limits that are totally opposite from those posted by LSD.

Statement wrote in post #2305550 (external link)
I was the user that said that the burned out house was pretty much detroit for you, but I was mostly kidding. Detroit is an allright place. There's good and bad. There really isn't anywhere in the city that I'm scared to go in broad daylight. Nice indian village shots though. Here's a couple detroit shots of mine that shine light on nice parts as opposed to abandoned ones.

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Statement, very nice images. While I did take a couple of shots in Indian Village and Boston-Edison, as well; those that I posted are all from Palmer Woods.

LSD wrote in post #2305073 (external link)
Runnninmann failed to mention that those houses are far and few between the boarded up, run down cracked out fired bombwed houses that lie as a sore reminder that Detroit is no pretty place.

If you read my original post, I hope you will see that I did not try to sugar-coat the condition of Detroit. I mentioned that there are derelict areas, I conceded that danger lurks in those areas, I referred to the economic depression. There is no denying those facts. But the point that I want to make is that there is more to the city than the image that you originally posted. Do the mansions and large houses of Indian Village, Palmer Woods and Boston-Edison represent the lifestyle of the "typical" Detroiter. Absolutely not, but neither do images of burned out buildings and abandoned cars. The truth, the real Detroit, lies somewhere in between.


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