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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:56 AM   #1
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Detroit: A decaying, murderous, abandoned city

I thought it would be fun to go through Flickr and find some interesting photos of Detroit, America's most underappreciated major metropolis.
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Downtown Detroit from above:
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© ifmuth

Scott Fountain on Bell Isle:
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© DetroitDerek

The Penobscot Building in the setting sun:
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© Conlawprof

The Spirit of Detroit:
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© Maia C

Urban "art" in the Dequindre Cut:
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© radiospike photography

A view of the New Center/North End area:
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© pverdonk

A foggy day in the city:
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© kudzuplanet

Downtown Density from Comerica Park:
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© incendiarymind

The Fox Theatre is often among the top-grossing live theatres in the nation:
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© The Javelina

Suburban Zombies in Royal Oak:
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© Wigwam Jones

Home-Grown produce in Eastern Market:
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© ellievanhoutte

A World Famous Mural in the DIA:
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© Maia C

Lover's of industrial ruins despair, these will soon be condos:
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© The Toad

A world-class airport terminal:
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© mmartimo

A view to a foreign nation:
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© Girl.in.the.D

Historic building in Fort Wayne:
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© Maia C

A view through 15 miles worth of haze:
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© mandj98

Tunnel connecting the two concourses of Detroit's McNamara Terminal:
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© Laughing Squid

Detroit has one of the largest collections of theatres in the U.S. outside of New York:
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© kelliekp

The Golden Ga-- er... Ambassador Bridge sticks out in the distance:
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© kudzuplanet

The decline of the American Industrial Complex:
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© Tom Roche

A view towards Brush Park with the Detroit Medical Center in the background:
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© ifmuth

Eastern Market is one of the largest farmer's markets in the U.S.:
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© brian cors

Southfield Town Center:
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© MikeWasFractal

Winter in the city:
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© Girl.in.the.D

Campus Martius Park at night:
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© Conlawprof

A view of the skyline from within Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers:
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© Ben+Sam

Ice skating at Campus Martius during the winter:
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© andre3002

The Dequindre Cut:
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© Tom Roche

A festival in New Center:
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© ifmuth

The Somerset Collection in Troy:
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© worldmegan

Apartment Buildings in Detroit's Gold Coast neighborhood:
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© Monika & Tim

The Detroit Public Library has a large historical collection:
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© valkyrieh116

A view of the Financial District with the Detroit River and Windsor in the background:
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© Krhn313

A peek at the Belle Isle Conservatory:
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© Maia C

Indian Village is a neighborhood on the East Side:
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© Girl.in.the.D

A close-up of the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor:
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© Spacing Magazine

Greektown is a small downtown enclave of shops and restaurants:
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© mrbula

New housing in Midtown:
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© Girl.in.the.D

The Fisher Building:
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© polskiedetroit

Crankbrook House:
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© xray10
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Old April 1st, 2008, 03:27 AM   #2
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Really Nice, and Surprising. I drive through all the time on business. Maybe I should stop somewhere for a bit...
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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:25 AM   #3
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Great photos! shows both sides of detroit! nice collection
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Old April 1st, 2008, 05:36 AM   #4
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I did not see decay and run down buildings. In fact, photos show Detroit is fine.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 06:01 AM   #5
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I'm being ironic. It seems most people tend to focus on all of the negative aspects of the city and either don't care or don't want to know that there are other "normal" aspects to the city.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 06:54 AM   #6
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I love the Fisher Building!
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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:21 AM   #7
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beautiful Detroit
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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:26 AM   #8
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I have to see this place for myself. I see beautiful, lively pictures like this but I hear it's a run down, dangerous shithole of a place to be.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:43 AM   #9
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That fog picture is awesome.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 10:23 AM   #10
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ALWAYS THE OPTIMIST

NICE JOB Hudkina! i like the sarcasm..made me look at this thread and SUPRISE!!, haha....not bad, Detroit!
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:21 PM   #11
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It always seems that the "bad" threads always get a bigger response than the "good" threads.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:22 PM   #12
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Well, looks really nice for me.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:54 PM   #13
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Detroit has so much potential. It reminds me of Chicago and Milwaukee had they gone to shit financially. Detroit deserves to be born again. The first thing it needs is a diverse downtown population that is not segregated. Manhattan, Chicago and Philadelphia were able to draw in millionaires from the suburbs to live amidst their charmfully gritty downtown streets even in their darkest days. I don't see why Detroit can't. Those wimps from Bloomfield Hills and Grosse Pointe should be fueling the downtown residential boom. I see a city just begging to thrive again. I would love to buy there as an experiment.

If I were mayor of Detroit....

I would start building a light rail that goes down Woodward Avenue and that goes along the waterfront forming a T. I would focus on getting Woodward Avenue completely densified all the way to Birmingham.

I would try to salvage every old building.

Change the names of the "mile" roads as it provides a psychological stigma.

Tax the rich towns in the metro area to pay for the central city since they are the ones that abandoned it. Those damn suburbanites.

Legalize marijuana and have Detroit be the only city in the US where marijuana is legal.
Let it be our Amsterdam and watch tourism go nuts.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 11:10 PM   #14
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Some More:

A stylized look at downtown density:
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© Conlawprof

The night skyline from Windsor:
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© Cobby17

The fountain in Hart Plaza:
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© canuckr

The exterior of MOCAD, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit:
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© DetroitDerek

Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament:
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© pinehurst19475

Interior of the Main Branch Library:
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© Fir Dawg

The Detroit Yacht Club:
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© pinehurst19475

A little bit of New York in the Midwest:
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© Erik Twight

Broadway after dark:
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© B0nes

Old townhouses in the city core:
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© DecoJim

Close-up detail of the Wayne County building:
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© DetroitDerek

Rivertown/Lafayette Park in the Winter:
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© palsule_mahendra

Middle-class homes in the city:
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© ifmuth

The David Stott Building from Capitol Park:
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© swpj73

The skyline from the new Tricentennial State Park in Rivertown:
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© DecoJim

The Belle Isle Bridge in Winter:
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© lovegreenkitty

A crowded Comerica Park:
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© Steve G.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 01:28 AM   #15
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Best art deco skyline in the world. Give Detroit some credit.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 04:41 PM   #16
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I am falling in love with detroit....
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 07:11 PM   #17
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Great pics! Detroit its a nice city
Why you called it "abandoned"? The old factory and the graffiti pic perhaps, but the rest is wonderful!
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 07:42 PM   #18
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The city is notorious for having a few neighborhoods that were abandoned over the years due to various reasons.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 10:52 PM   #19
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Wow Never thought there're some Edwardian flair in Detroit!
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 01:56 AM   #20
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Wow, you've succesfully made Detroit look fabulous!
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