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Old October 17th, 2011, 09:11 AM   #41
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Beautiful photos, the resolution is top notch
Thanks for the thread, those afternoon shots are simply pleasant to imagine.
Thank you I like afternoon shots too, but the large amount of them in this set is due to the fact that the pictures were taken after me leaving the office where I work.
Later on I will post pictures taken in the morning and at noon as well
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Old October 17th, 2011, 09:33 AM   #42
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Old October 17th, 2011, 03:45 PM   #43
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Old October 17th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #44
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Old October 18th, 2011, 04:17 PM   #45
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Old October 18th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #46
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Once again very nice shots from Detroit
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Once again very nice shots from Detroit
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Old October 18th, 2011, 10:18 PM   #48
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Old October 18th, 2011, 11:05 PM   #49
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Nice pictures, elegant environment! Most threads of Detroit shows the decay of downtown and some suburbs, but this shows a totally different side!
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Old October 18th, 2011, 11:43 PM   #50
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Nice pictures, elegant environment! Most threads of Detroit shows the decay of downtown and some suburbs, but this shows a totally different side!
Thank you Nightsky, I think there are interesting places in Detroit for the people to see. After this series, we'll go back to midtown





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Old October 19th, 2011, 01:20 AM   #51
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I'm impressed with this place, nice and neat buildings and living houses,
great infras and peaceful and green environment, totally a one livable place.
thanks for sharing these photos.
Likewise, it would be great if you can upload some shots of vibrant street scenes.
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great pics!

in which part of Detroit were they taken?

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in which part of Detroit were they taken?

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Thanks, the pictures are from the suburbs located 20 miles to the west and north of downtown Detroit (in Oakland county).
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I'm impressed with this place, nice and neat buildings and living houses,
great infras and peaceful and green environment, totally a one livable place.
thanks for sharing these photos.
Likewise, it would be great if you can upload some shots of vibrant street scenes.
Oakland county is a rather quiet area, there are few opportunities to shoot street life. During the summer you can find places that serve outside on a terrace or a patio, but not this time of the year. I'll have to look into my older photos to find some street scenes - but I have to tell you, cars are going to be the main subject, not the people
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Old October 20th, 2011, 09:57 PM   #58
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Fitzrovian, you raise very good points.
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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.
Detroit has a functional downtown, but it is true that for many years (decades perhaps) it did not. As it is today, the downtown looks ok, but it is far from its maximum potential. There are many buildings in the downtown area that badly need restoration, and there are many others that remained with naked walls when the buildings next to them were demolished (it is hard not to notice this when we are talking about 50 stories high buildings).
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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).
I kind of disagree here. A city can do very well with multiple 'urban cores'. Many of todays largest metropolitan areas were formed by joining two large cities, so naturally you'll have there multiple 'central' areas. And there are other large cities that while expanding generated many high density regions (you'll find there an old town, a commercial area, a business/financial area, a large central park etc, all far away from each other).

I don't think the spread affects the identity of the city, it just creates new identities. Suburbs are not by necessity generic - Oakland county is not generic, at least in my view. Besides the word 'generic' applied to urban areas is a rather broad sword. Are the Bavarian old towns generic? Is the Haussmannian Paris generic? It surely feels like after a while, even though I consider Paris the most beautiful city in the world.
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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.
I agree that in US old downtowns were lost to neglect, including that of Detroit. Nevertheless this is not the reason why Detroit city proper had a half a century of decline. The decline was a direct consequence of the boom economy set up in the 30s for the war effort and the subsequent bust in late 40s. During these years Detroit doubled its population (from 1 to 2 millions) with labor from south. Then, in late 40s, these people were laid off. All the cheap living and working infrastructure created for the war effort crumbled soon after and it could not sustain a community. These are the 'real' ruins of Detroit.

Today, Detroit is back to prewar population, and about 1/3 of the city proper is abandoned - a massive clean-up is required. So far there was neither the funds required nor the population support for such an effort. Lately though, there seems to be a broad agreement that a clean-up is a prerequisite for further re-development.

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Thanks for the pictures though; it is interesting to see the other side.
Thank you for the interesting discussion
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