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Old October 12th, 2011, 07:52 AM   #21
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Old October 12th, 2011, 08:00 AM   #23
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Old October 12th, 2011, 08:04 AM   #25
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Old October 12th, 2011, 08:15 AM   #26
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Old October 12th, 2011, 02:30 PM   #27
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Very nice and interesting pictures. Thanks for sharing!
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Old October 13th, 2011, 05:47 PM   #28
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Thanks for these interesting pictures, it really looks surprisingly nice, clean and peaceful. Definitely not what one usually would expect when thinking of Detroit.
It really is a peaceful place. The fact that Detroit tops the charts in crime is misleading. Crime is very localized in Detroit and one can easily avoid it. Oakland itself is crime free - literally.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 06:12 PM   #29
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Thanks for this thread. It's always interesting to see suburbs of the overseas (to me) big cities and people's life there, some calm nooks and corners. Such shots are showing the real life. They look very cosy
Yes, this is what I am trying to show - the way people live in metro Detroit, without the media bias and outside of the political debate. Detroit is not a tourist destination and the suburbs are not in the way of the casual visitor, this is why I am trying to present Detroit through the eyes of a local.

Nonetheless, suburbs are not the most exciting place, therefore I will switch from time to time between Oakland county and midtown Detroit, to keep the thread interesting.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 06:21 PM   #32
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Old October 14th, 2011, 12:28 AM   #34
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Thanks for showing the residential areas. I particularly liked the grey clapboard house with the dual balconies.

I understand the problem of public image and perception. Liverpool, my city, suffered greatly in the 1970s & 1980s - its port in steep decline, combined with savage treatment from the government of the day - created the feeling of a sinking ship.

Stereotypes, which grow up as a result of decline, can be incredibly resistant to change - even when they do not portray a city accurately.

Liverpool, has been the most negatively stereotyped city in Britain - and subject to much prejudice from other areas of the country - especially from the south-east of England & London.

So, I'm glad that you are showing another side to Detroit - the city of The White Stripes, Blondie, Motown, and sometime- home to the beloved Patti Smith.
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Stereotypes, which grow up as a result of decline, can be incredibly resistant to change - even when they do not portray a city accurately.

Liverpool, has been the most negatively stereotyped city in Britain - and subject to much prejudice from other areas of the country - especially from the south-east of England & London.
I agree with you. Generalization is part of the learning process but stereotyping is plain stupidity. I certainly share your frustration - people have seen pictures of abandoned buildings and neighborhoods and concluded that Detroit is a dump. Every city has a slum, but only some slums make it to the media. I have always wondered why.

BTW, I have seen your thread on Liverpool and the city looks nice and lively, with beautiful old and new buildings. If I'll get the chance I will certainly visit it.
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Old October 14th, 2011, 09:36 PM   #37
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I agree with you. Generalization is part of the learning process but stereotyping is plain stupidity. I certainly share your frustration - people have seen pictures of abandoned buildings and neighborhoods and concluded that Detroit is a dump. Every city has a slum, but only some slums make it to the media. I have always wondered why.

BTW, I have seen your thread on Liverpool and the city looks nice and lively, with beautiful old and new buildings. If I'll get the chance I will certainly visit it.

I agree with you Dondonel... to a point. Every city -- to be a real City -- needs an urban core that serves as a center of activity. An area where people want to go to shop, party and socialize with other people. Without a vibrant urban core, a city has no identity and no soul... it becomes a collection of lifeless, generic suburbs, freeways and shopping malls -- places that might be great to have a quiet life and raise a family but, as you mentioned, are not particularly "exciting" (for lack of a better term).

The problem with Detroit (from what I've read -- last time I visited was in 94) is that it's been losing its urban core to crime, neglect, and disastrous population decline. In fairness, that is a story that is typical of many (most?) rust-belt, midwestern American cities. But for a city that used to be one of America's greatest, that is a tragedy. I hope things change and people like me will want to visit again.

Thanks for the pictures though; it is interesting to see the other side.
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Old October 15th, 2011, 01:53 AM   #39
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Beautiful photos, the resolution is top notch
Thanks for the thread, those afternoon shots are simply pleasant to imagine.
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Thank you for showing the pleasant side of Detroit life. Like Openly Jane & Liverpool, I understand the issue of stereotyped cities because I am from St. Louis. More please!
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