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From the Sky, Detroit Looks Like Sarajevo
Gawker.com ^ | 04/18/10 | Matt Cherette

Posted on 04/19/2010 6:40:22 AM PDT by TonyInOhio

Chris Hansen traveled to Detroit, Michigan for a Dateline special that aired tonight on the state of what is probably America's most desolate city. And in aerial footage—devastation porn at its best—Detroit's grim plight was revealed.

"Today, from the air, parts of Detroit look like a war zone," Hansen said in a voiceover near the beginning of the special, before he listed some of the most shocking facts about the city's current state—the population is less than half of what it was decades ago; there are 400 liquor stores there, but only eight supermarkets—all while panning shots of the consequences of its deterioration flashed on the screen.

Describing Detroit as "a city that is virtually on life support," Hansen then introduced the audience to an ambitious plan by Mayor Dave Bing to bulldoze down more than 10,000 buildings and literally shrink the city's borders in order to save money spent on public services. Again, disturbing aerial shots were abound.

As the special's end drew nearer, depressing music played as even more aerial shots revealed Detroit's desolation—combined with shocking information, like the fact that there are 40 square miles of vacant/abandoned property within the city's limits—and Mayor Bing explained in more detail to Hansen his plan to shrink its size (something he claims will take 10 to 20 years, if it's able to be completed at all).

Will Detroit ever return to its glory days of the first half of the 20th Century? Probably not. Will it even be able to avoid going completely bankrupt and return from the brink of total destruction? Nobody really knows. What is clear, though—especially after seeing the devastation from the sky—is that the Motor City has a long, long way to go to even become a shell of its former self.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; greatsociety; liberalism; obamaism
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There are three depressing and must-see videos at the link.

We have first-hand evidence of the destruction wrought by the Great Society. If Obamaism is allowed to take root, we will see many more formerly great cities degenerate to this state in our lifetimes.

1 posted on 04/19/2010 6:40:22 AM PDT by TonyInOhio
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To: TonyInOhio

Liberalism: Exhibit A.


2 posted on 04/19/2010 6:42:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TonyInOhio

a democrat, union controlled city and state.


3 posted on 04/19/2010 6:43:17 AM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: TonyInOhio

from the ground, too, probably.


4 posted on 04/19/2010 6:45:30 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: TonyInOhio

Well since it looks like a war zone anyway. We need to declare war on Canada, whoever loses is forced to take Detroit.


5 posted on 04/19/2010 6:46:26 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: TonyInOhio

” 400 liquor stores “?
Understandable, I’d drink lots too if I lived there.


6 posted on 04/19/2010 6:47:04 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (Just say NO to RINOs. (FUBO))
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To: TonyInOhio

Detroit is the poster child for rat and union dominated government. Detroit is civilization in reverse. It is a warning to what our country is rapidly headed for.


7 posted on 04/19/2010 6:47:24 AM PDT by Jacquerie (It is happening here)
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To: dfwgator

I can see socialism from my house!.................


8 posted on 04/19/2010 6:47:31 AM PDT by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: TonyInOhio

Great story, the mayor is right, bulldoze the city and make it smaller.


9 posted on 04/19/2010 6:47:40 AM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: TonyInOhio

but thankfully the feckless Michigan state legislature beat back a “right to work” bill, ensuring the union status quo will remain

so especially all you black folks in unions, be assured your reps are taking good care of you

sarc


10 posted on 04/19/2010 6:47:50 AM PDT by silverleaf (Karl Marx was NOT one of America's Founding Fathers)
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To: Jacquerie

It’s a liberal utopia... we ought to rename it Acornia.


11 posted on 04/19/2010 6:48:21 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Live jubtabulously!)
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To: ken21

No a poster on the thread said it was “racism and classism” and his professor told him that, so it must be true.


12 posted on 04/19/2010 6:48:27 AM PDT by junta (S.C.U.M. = State Controlled Unreliable Media)
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To: TonyInOhio

It would be extremely interesting to see what would happen if they’d elect a white government.


13 posted on 04/19/2010 6:50:25 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: dfwgator

Detroit now = USA later, under Obamaism.


14 posted on 04/19/2010 6:50:36 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Democratics' Obama Cr*pcare: the gift that stinks more and more.)
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To: OldArmy52

What is the racial makeup of Detroit?

All whites, conservatives too?

Cause and effect at work.


15 posted on 04/19/2010 6:52:38 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Democratics' Obama Cr*pcare: the gift that stinks more and more.)
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To: TonyInOhio
Detroit now after decades of Democrat regimes
16 posted on 04/19/2010 6:53:18 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: OldArmy52

In the Scary Movie spoof of War of the Worlds, the TV reporter shows the Tom Cruise character photos of Detroit with the Martian leveling it. The she shows him what it looked like before. The only difference is the Martians aren’t in them.


17 posted on 04/19/2010 6:55:07 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: TonyInOhio
there are 400 liquor stores there, but only eight supermarkets . . .

Only a 50-1 ratio? Reminds me of a story my Dad used to tell me about four guys from Detroit out fishing. They pass a little convenience store on the side of the lake and decide to pull in nearby to set up camp for the night.

Two of the guys draw short straws and are sent to buy provisions for the night. They come back with four cases of beer and two loaves of bread. "Idiots!", shouts one of the guys who stayed behind to set up cam, "What are we supposed to do with all that bread?"

18 posted on 04/19/2010 6:57:17 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: KeyLargo

The pictures depict an effective Vandalism Prevention Program in action.

Who would attempt to further damage those buildings?


19 posted on 04/19/2010 6:58:19 AM PDT by Eaker (Pablo is very wily)
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To: KeyLargo

Looks like Warsaw at the end of WWII.


20 posted on 04/19/2010 6:58:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TonyInOhio

Much better video with audio commentator explaining that Detroit is the poster boy for leftist politics here:

Detroit in RUINS! (Crowder goes Ghetto

http://vodpod.com/watch/2741783-detroit-in-ruins


21 posted on 04/19/2010 6:58:45 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Those were once the dream homes of the Depression/World War II generation.

Saved for, cared for, and paid for. The way real Americans behave.


22 posted on 04/19/2010 7:00:24 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: TonyInOhio
What is clear, though—especially after seeing the devastation from the sky—is that the Motor City has a long, long way to go to even become a shell of its former self.

That looks like a city that spent its way to prosperity. Curious how many thousands live on these streets, according to the 2010 census.

23 posted on 04/19/2010 7:09:46 AM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: ken21

re: a democrat, union controlled city and state

When you see something like this article re: Detroit, isn’t it natural to ask, “What happened????” I went to the link and read the script and watched the videos. There was no mention of the causes of Detroit’s decline. It is simply something that happened. No blame on those who caused it. Rush always points out, “Being a Liberal means never having to say you are sorry.” This is definitely the case when it comes to Detroit.


24 posted on 04/19/2010 7:11:05 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Nevadan

Cities come, cities go, adapt or die!


25 posted on 04/19/2010 7:12:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KeyLargo

I can bet some of those buildings were once very elegant.

Thanks Democrats!!!!!


26 posted on 04/19/2010 7:12:37 AM PDT by stbdside
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To: GonzoGOP
We need to declare war on Canada, whoever loses is forced to take Detroit.

We took it in the War of 1812 and you wanted it back. You can keep it. Too bad...I'm just old enough to remember it in it's heyday. Some great memories of Tiger Stadium, the Olympia, Cobo Hall etc. My parent's first date was at The Elmwood. It's a shame, really.

27 posted on 04/19/2010 7:13:52 AM PDT by mitchbert (Facts Are Stubborn Things .)
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To: Eaker
Who would attempt to further damage those buildings?
28 posted on 04/19/2010 7:20:59 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Ezekiel
That looks like a city that spent its way to prosperity.

That's a great and ironic comment. :)

I live in NW Ohio, only 1 1/2 hours away from Detroit, and formerly lived in Lima, Ohio, which is right on I-75 S. The drug gangs from Detroit are moving into Lima, a waypoint on the road south to Dayton, and I can't help but wonder if Lima will not share the same fate as that once great city.

29 posted on 04/19/2010 7:23:41 AM PDT by TonyInOhio ( Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.)
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To: TonyInOhio

For later.


30 posted on 04/19/2010 7:24:09 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: TonyInOhio

“...but wonder if Lima will not share the same fate as that once great city.”

####

Its ALL in the demographics.


31 posted on 04/19/2010 7:24:55 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: KeyLargo

I’m sure these homes were once lovely and lived in by families going to work every day, raising their children and doing all they should to live their daily lives. How sad that they look like they look today.


32 posted on 04/19/2010 7:30:46 AM PDT by cubreporter (Rush is an American Patriot. He has been blessed with exceptional wisdom. Thank God for Rush!!!)
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To: KeyLargo

I have heard reports that you could find homes there for as little as a hundred dollars. It was hard to believe, but now I look at those photos, and I got to ask, That much?


33 posted on 04/19/2010 7:31:32 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: mitchbert
We took it in the War of 1812 and you wanted it back.

And I'm man enough to admit a mistake. And afterwords we need to give LA back to Mexico. I wonder if the Dutch would still be interested in New Amsterdam?
34 posted on 04/19/2010 7:32:31 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: HIDEK6
It would be extremely interesting to see what would happen if they’d elect a white government.

No, a conservative government, regardless of color. Heck, even a RINO government would make a difference.

35 posted on 04/19/2010 7:34:25 AM PDT by PallMal
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To: stbdside

United Artists Theatre Brush Park

36 posted on 04/19/2010 7:34:45 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

bttt


37 posted on 04/19/2010 7:38:26 AM PDT by petercooper (Ignorant Obama Voters: Happy Now?)
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To: TonyInOhio

Wow!

Of course we all know liberals will never EVER admit that their ways are what brought this city down. And certainly won’t admit that unions were the second driving force.


38 posted on 04/19/2010 7:45:36 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Eaker

39 posted on 04/19/2010 7:47:02 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: GonzoGOP
I wonder if the Dutch would still be interested in New Amsterdam?

I doubt their national budget could afford the Yankee's salary expense.

40 posted on 04/19/2010 7:47:33 AM PDT by mitchbert (Facts Are Stubborn Things .)
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To: TonyInOhio

By the way, I completely agree with the mayor on bringing in the city limits. There is no reason to have fire and police in an area with just a few homes. The land can be used for farming or something productive.


41 posted on 04/19/2010 7:48:56 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: KeyLargo

The Obama posters in Detroit says a lot about who is voting in these Marxists.


42 posted on 04/19/2010 7:49:13 AM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: TonyInOhio

SAdly, much of this (Det riot) is too much like the photos often seen on EnglishRussia, another failed Empire gone to rot.


43 posted on 04/19/2010 7:49:33 AM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: TonyInOhio

SAdly, much of this (Det riot) is too much like the photos often seen on EnglishRussia, another failed Empire gone to rot.


44 posted on 04/19/2010 7:49:38 AM PDT by ASOC (In case of attack, tune to 640 kilocycles or 1240 kilocycles on your AM dial.)
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To: TonyInOhio
From the Sky, Detroit Looks Like Sarajevo

That's a terrible thing to say about Sarajevo.

45 posted on 04/19/2010 7:52:47 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: autumnraine

Environmentalist whackos brought Detroit down when they banned the auto companies from dumping into the Detroit River. The River was what gave Detroit it’s competitive advantage over other areas, and the Feds killed it.


46 posted on 04/19/2010 7:54:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KeyLargo

Looks like a great setting for "Phantom of the Opera."

47 posted on 04/19/2010 7:55:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KeyLargo

The destuction by neglect of Brush Park lies at the feet of the racist mayour Coleman Yound and the prevention of whitey from coming in and redeveloping the area.


48 posted on 04/19/2010 7:55:42 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: petercooper

49 posted on 04/19/2010 7:57:57 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: dfwgator

If able to carry the correct amount of fire power, I’d love to explore some of those old buildings. They have always fascinated me.


50 posted on 04/19/2010 7:58:10 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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