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Old November 8th, 2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Detroit: death and life of the Motorcity

No other city symbolizes urban death like Detroit: depopulation, abandonment, urban decay, convicted former mayors, and bankruptcy. However, the city also has spots full of life: some quaint residential neighborhoods, an authentic Mexicantown, and downtown that has made great strides forward. Also outside the motorcity’s municipal boundaries, but living in mutual interdependency with it, one can find a lively Hamtramck-Poletown, luxurious Grosse Pointe, and the Middle-East flavored Dearborn.

During my 3 day stay in the city I roamed through several parts of the city. While I certainly didn’t cover every neighborhood (the city is 370 km²/143 sq. miles large), I got a good overview of the motorcity and didn’t ignore the equally interesting communities that live in symbiosis with the Detroit. Enjoy the photographs !

To start one example where Detroit presents itself in the form of a pleasant residential neighborhood:

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002P7310023_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Urban death on the nearby commercial strip:

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003P7310024_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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005P7310026_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Abandoned neighborhood near Coleman Young Airport:

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006P7310028_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Once upon a time there were houses lining this street:

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007P7310029_ by [email protected], on Flickr

What's left of them:

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008P7310030_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Irony at a former DaimlerChrysler plant. The plant is as dead as the merger between Daimler Benz and Chrysler way back when.

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009P7310031_ by [email protected], on Flickr

The surrounding area hasn't fared much better. What's left of Morgan Street, a paved road and a house:

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010P7310032_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Around the plant:

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011P7310033_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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012P7310034_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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013P7310035_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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014P7310036_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Industrial building on Miller Street:

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015P7310040_ by [email protected], on Flickr

If anything, faith is still left on Miller Street. The Healing Temple Cogic:

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016P7310041_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Will you rob God?

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017P7310042_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Not enough money to maintain roads along which nobody lives? Closed them down and return them to mother nature:

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018P7310043_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Another dead commercial strip on East Memorial Highway:

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019P7310045_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Gratiot Avenue, one of Detroit's thoroughfares:

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020P7310047_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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021P7310048_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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022P7310049_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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023P7310050_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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024P7310051_ by [email protected], on Flickr
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Old November 8th, 2013, 04:28 PM   #2
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I luv Detroit simply for its electronic music heritage. Juan Atkins

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Old November 8th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #3
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Wow, it looks like the apocalypse took place! This city is definitely a must-see for me
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Old November 8th, 2013, 04:41 PM   #4
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View of downtown Detroit from Belle Isle, an island on the border with Canada which is devoted exclusively to recreational use:

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031P7310067_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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The Ambassador bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Canada:

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033P7310069_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Windsor, Canada:

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The bridge connecting Belle Isle with the mainland:

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026P7310056_ by [email protected], on Flickr

The James Scott Memorial Fountain:


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038P7310080_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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The city doesn't have much money to maintain the pool in front of it:

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028P7310058_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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029P7310059_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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027P7310057_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Detroiters having a picnic:

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040P7310082_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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041P7310083_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Messages of hope from Detroit's children:

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036P7310077_ by [email protected], on Flickr

The irony of this plaque may not be lost on those who know about the decline of shares of auto-sales of Detroit's Big Three:

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037P7310078_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Oversized infrastructure on Belle Isle:

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039P7310081_ by [email protected], on Flickr

The casino on the island:

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042P7310084_ by [email protected], on Flickr
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Old November 8th, 2013, 05:47 PM   #5
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Very smart of you to do take these pictures in mid day. Europeans and Canadian tourists tend to fall victim to crime in Detroit.


Great photos though!
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Old November 8th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #6
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Great photos!
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Old November 8th, 2013, 09:18 PM   #7
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Staggering series of pictures. Great job!
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Old November 8th, 2013, 09:40 PM   #8
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Please show us more. Even though these pictures are pretty sad, I still want to see more of them.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 04:59 AM   #9
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thank you for showing this city.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 11:55 AM   #10
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Great, very nice photos from the city of Detroit
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Old November 9th, 2013, 04:31 PM   #11
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Great pictures of the Motor City, urbane! Showing us the bad and the good, which there is plenty of in Detroit.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 06:17 PM   #12
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Thank you everyone for the positive feedback.

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Please show us more. Even though these pictures are pretty sad, I still want to see more of them.
Sure, you haven't seen the half of it
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Old November 9th, 2013, 06:30 PM   #13
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More of Belle Isle:

The Nancy Brown Peace Carillon Clock:

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The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory (1904):

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046P7310091_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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The Aquarium designed by Albert Kahn (also 1904):

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045P7310090_ by [email protected], on Flickr

The William Livingstone Lighthouse:

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050P7310097_ by [email protected], on Flickr

View of the Detroit River (it's actually a strait) with Canada on the other side:

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051P7310098_ by [email protected], on Flickr

Now looking at the Detroit side:

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The Detroit Boat Club:

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Old November 10th, 2013, 09:01 AM   #14
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Nice!

The Walking Dead TV series would fit in nicely filming in some of the areas you've shown.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 10:02 PM   #15
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More of eastern Detroit:

An apartment building on Jefferson Ave.:

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Karcheval Street

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Cadillac Boulevard:

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058P7310107_ by [email protected], on Flickr

The sheeting peeling of an industrial building:


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060P7310109_ by [email protected], on Flickr

To be clear, there is still active industry in Detroit, such as here at Conner Creek:

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070P7310122_ by [email protected], on Flickr

But even here vestiges of deindustrialisation can be found. An industrial cemetery at Old Mack Ave.:

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062P7310111_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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063P7310112_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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064P7310113_ by [email protected], on Flickr

No more foam bein distributed out of here:

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069P7310119_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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065P7310114_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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066P7310115_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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067P7310117_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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068P7310118_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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071P7310123_ by [email protected], on Flickr

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Old November 15th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #16
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Very interesting, thanks for sharing.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 04:42 PM   #17
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It's so sad what happened to this city! Is there any hope it's coming back to life? :/
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Old December 9th, 2013, 10:06 PM   #18
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well, hopefully, the city's economy will be resuscitated.
thanks for these candid photos....
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Old December 9th, 2013, 11:41 PM   #19
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Nice pictures of the decay in Detroit, sad since the city could have so much potential with large car industries and great architecture! Will you show something of downtown as well? Is there large neighbourhoods with no decay at all or is it visible everywhere?
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Old December 10th, 2013, 12:29 AM   #20
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I find the plight of such grand american cities particularly repugnant. I appreciate that there is a kind of deathly and morbid beauty in such ruins, and that many seem to be drawn to such spectacles - but in a modern, wealthy country, I find it repugnant. Criminal.
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