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Old November 8th, 2013, 05:22 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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Urban death on the nearby commercial strip:

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Abandoned neighborhood near Coleman Young Airport:

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Once upon a time there were houses lining this street:

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What's left of them:

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

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Around the plant:

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Industrial building on Miller Street:

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

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Will you rob God?

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

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Another dead commercial strip on East Memorial Highway:

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Gratiot Avenue, one of Detroit's thoroughfares:

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Old November 8th, 2013, 05:28 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, 05:29 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, 05:41 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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The Ambassador bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Canada:

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Windsor, Canada:

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The bridge connecting Belle Isle with the mainland:

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The James Scott Memorial Fountain:


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

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Detroiters having a picnic:

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Messages of hope from Detroit's children:

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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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Oversized infrastructure on Belle Isle:

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The casino on the island:

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Old November 8th, 2013, 06:47 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, 09:37 PM   #6
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Great photos!
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Old November 8th, 2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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Staggering series of pictures. Great job!
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Old November 8th, 2013, 10:40 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, 05:59 AM   #9
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thank you for showing this city.
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Old November 9th, 2013, 12:55 PM   #10
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Great, very nice photos from the city of Detroit
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Old November 9th, 2013, 05:31 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, 07:17 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, 07:30 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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The Aquarium designed by Albert Kahn (also 1904):

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The William Livingstone Lighthouse:

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

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Now looking at the Detroit side:

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The Detroit Boat Club:

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Old November 10th, 2013, 10:01 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, 11:02 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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The sheeting peeling of an industrial building:


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

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

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No more foam bein distributed out of here:

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Old November 15th, 2013, 09:30 PM   #16
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Very interesting, thanks for sharing.
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Old December 8th, 2013, 05:42 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, 11:06 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 10th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #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, 01:29 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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