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Old March 15th, 2013, 10:59 PM   #261
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This should be converted into apartments. Great building.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 06:43 AM   #262
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I took these photos when I was in Bahamas

I was surpised at how scary this place was.






Shotgun shells found near the parking lot
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Old March 20th, 2013, 08:06 AM   #263
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All in Detroit:
Book Tower

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Metropolitan Building

[IMG]https://encrypted-tbn1.************/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTnaIDhW6sqQjjKDeLNrTQOh6iA7CYs406NOQNU-g5ABc0JiMmM9Q[/IMG]

The United Artists Theatre Building



Lee Plaza Hotel


and a repost



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Old March 20th, 2013, 10:07 AM   #264
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There are some really impressive buildings here. Such a shame it's wasted.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 11:41 AM   #265
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Detroit would be a great place to film a post-apocalyptic movie.. like I AM LEGEND or something :P
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Old March 20th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #266
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Old March 20th, 2013, 11:48 AM   #267
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Old March 20th, 2013, 12:42 PM   #268
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If there was only a deranged multi billionaire who could take Detroit in hand and in say 20 years it would be magnificent.....any suggestions ? Our guy is building the Titanic but this is a bigger deal..........

but then if all you guys would start buying American cars.......
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Old March 20th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #269
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I wouldn't mind buying an American car, but they are way too expensive in Europe.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 06:43 PM   #270
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best thing about living in europe is being able to see this:

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Old March 20th, 2013, 07:07 PM   #271
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I wouldn't mind buying an American car, but they are way too expensive in Europe.
American cars are generally inferior to European, Japanese cars.
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Old March 20th, 2013, 09:48 PM   #272
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By the way the Michigan Central Station is supposed to be getting a new roof and new windows as part of a stabilization project. If I can get down there to take some new pictures, I will post them.

The job losses in the Detroit area are not just from competition from imported cars and cars built in US factories run by Japanese or European automakers. There was also a natural job loss from the fact that as the US auto manufactures got more efficient and introduced greater outsourcing of parts, they require fewer works per car assembled.

US automakers have improved quality significantly; whether they have largely caught up with the best Japanese and German manufactures is debatable. I have noticed that for some people in that debate perception lags reality; they base there views on the 1970s when Detroit auto quality reached a low-point.

There is also the uneven playing field with regards to trade.

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This is because of unfair value added tax policies of the European Union toward the US. From an article "Foreign tax policies put U.S. cars at disadvantage":
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Compare a German and American car, each offered to the consumer in its home market for $20,000. When the German car is exported to the United States, the VAT taxes are rebated, and it costs $17,885 here -- a price advantage of roughly 10% due only to the difference in tax systems, not corporate competitiveness.

The $20,000 American car exported to Germany is saddled with the VAT at the border -- which is imposed not just on the base price of the car, but the shipping and insurance costs as well -- and winds up costing $25,792 in Germany.
Full article: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...=2008812100354
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In Cyprus exists a complete abandoned beach resort:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varosha,_Famagusta


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Old March 22nd, 2013, 01:47 PM   #274
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Detroit would be a great place to film a post-apocalyptic movie.. like I AM LEGEND or something :P
yep, so much abandoned buildings, but also so much emptyness in the streets, etc. This area needs redevelopment on a massive scale.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 07:07 PM   #275
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 07:17 PM   #276
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Enjoy what? A link to google street view of some suburbs of Detroit? Can't see any abandoned skyscrapers in that area...
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 08:00 PM   #277
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It was more of a link about detroit and it's abandoned places.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 09:05 PM   #278
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That Book Tower is a gem. For some reason this thread is my favorite in the whole forum. Some unbelievable buildings and surroundings.

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This is because of unfair value added tax policies of the European Union toward the US. From an article "Foreign tax policies put U.S. cars at disadvantage":


Full article: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...=2008812100354
To be fair USA also uses the so called chicken tax. Meaning that example VW is in a worse situation than the local manufacturers. Chicken tax is most of all towards small trucks, like F-150 that is year after year by a big margin the most sold car in USA.
Also just shipping some of the USA cars here simply wont work as the taxation works according to the engine displacement size in EU. It's the same no matter is the car from USA, Sweden, Germany, Japan etc. Same that the European manufacturers naturally have to face in USA.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 02:27 PM   #279
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those detroit buildings are such a waste..i hope they get revitalized.. that Book Tower is really nice..what was it before it was abandoned?
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Old March 26th, 2013, 02:20 AM   #280
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It was an office tower, but after changing from owners a few times the last tenants moved out in 2009.
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