Skip to comments.From the Sky, Detroit Looks Like Sarajevo
Posted on 04/19/2010 6:40:22 AM PDT by TonyInOhio
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With Obama gutting our military we would probably lose and have to keep the darn thing! :-)
Those looked they were really nice homes in their day.
It is a GREAT plan! Lets do it!
I’m a former Metro Detroiter and it’s sad to see this city in this poor shape. That’s what bad government over decades has done. I read where Mayor Dave Bing has implemented a new plan on bulldozing hundreds of old houses and buildings over the next few years. This has been needed for a long time. This a good start.
Indeed... Sarajevo had that nice Olympic Village.
Here's a current view of the soccer patch:
Sarajevo looks better. lol
I attended the Republican National Convention in 1980, which was held at Cobo Hall--named for Albert Cobo, one of Detroit's last Republican mayors.
Really saddening. Just look at the building on the upper left, a magnificent house when it was built and for many years after. It didn’t even receive the dignity of being parted out.
But a city is not just buildings, it’s also people and the decay starts with them. By the time the buildings start to fall it’s far too late.
There used to be a website called The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit, which had a bunch of shocking before/after photos of ornate public buildings and posh corporate offices which were abandonned and now resembled Roman ruins.
The website is gone. I heard local politicos and the Chamber of Commerce bought it and shut it down.
The 1987 movie “Robocop” was supposed to be about Detroit (though it was mostly filmed in Dallas). I think Gran Torino was also supposed to be about Detroit.
It’s still here: http://www.detroityes.com/home.htm
It would actually be an improvement!
Thing is that Russia is getting its act together...
Hey, those pictures remind me, I just saw The Hurt Locker yesterday. There’s a touch more grass, and more wood construction, but other than that...
I see detroit as a microcosm of “Atlas Shrugged”.
Back in the mid-1970s, I remember Detroit being a thriving city. They had the Detroit Red Wings (hockey), Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Motown, a great place to get some good barbeque and a whole mess of thriving car factories.
Back then, it was New York City that was the dysfunctional city from hell. That was pre-Guiliani New York City. I'm thinking that Detroit needs somebody like Rudy Guiliani.
BTW, I still have a Red Wings jersey. Best hockey jerseys ever. Remember that kid that wore on in that movie about Ferris Bueller? That was me when I was a kid. No, not Ferris, but the dude in that Red Wings jersey. Boy, was I a mess back then.
Thought the Convention was at JLA? Cobo is next door, and never knew he was a Republican. Well he was Mayor during the hey day and that makes sence.
It was a white government that started the decline. White “progressives” like Jerry Cavanaugh started it. The riots happened on his watch.
And remember who was the Governor who called in the National Guard during the riots?????
There is a saying that the apple does not fall far from the tree.
Fisher Body plant
Ballroom Lee Plaza Hotel
Detroit - America’s Zimbabwe
I’d buy that for a dollar!
Yes, but those same people you praised voted in lefties like Jerry Cavanaugh and voted for the likes of FDR, Truman, and LBJ, all of whom put us on the road to serfdom. They may have been “traditional” in their personal lives, but the politicians they put in power for decades are a key reason why we are in the state we are today.
Classic movie, and somewhat foretelling.
And they filmed it in Dallas, not Detroit.
Well, I was ONLY commenting on the thread subject; the destruction (not decay) of yet another great American city.
I didn’t say they were perfect, just considerably better than the human detritus that destroys every constructive thing they are given.
“The riots happened on his watch.”
Was it “whites” who were rioting then, also?
the lost state of michigan...
Rush should do a michigan update with the theme to “Land of the Lost”
Flash forward to 2010: New York is the "Capital of the World", with even former ghetto nabes like Fort Green and Bushwick experiencing gentrification, while Philly is on its way to becoming the next Detroit, albeit with a nice historical district maintained by the NPS at its center. The key is demographics and economics: New York never lost its affluent population (and it is the affluent that make an urban center thrive, NOT the lower middle class, which stayed in Philly at a time when they fled New York) like Philly did and, more importantly, New York maintained its financial services sector, which, along with real estate, is what has driven American prosperity since the 1980s, for better and for worse. There was also somebody named Giuliani, to say nothing of a large immigrant population that, in alliance with the yuppies and the affluent, has kept a certain racial group from seizing power.
lost city of detroid.
Rhodesia, South Africa, Congo, Detroit, Cleveland etc. etc.
If you would like to be added or dropped from the Michigan ping list, please freepmail me.
What’s really sad is that is the same type of area where you could park your car and walk to Tiger Stadium.
Without fear and suspicion.
The problem wasn’t walking to Tiger Stadium, it was walking FROM Tiger Stadium.
Not always the state, nor actually the city even. City used to be awesome, too. Nor did the unions have much to do with Detroit's downfall. It was another factor.
The secret was to make sure you were buying somethiing from the residents/street vendors. Get a baseball, a pennant, a cap as you head to the car.
>>I read where Mayor Dave Bing has implemented a new plan on bulldozing hundreds of old houses and buildings over the next few years. <<
There was ONE, exactly ONE house bulldozed before the state said they must stop because of asbestos.
It was a great idea.
You could also always walk to the Lindell and call your insurance company to report a stolen/vandalized car.
If Lolich can get away with it, why not!
Damn environmentalists killed Detroit, now they won’t even allow a proper burial.
Ya got that right.
Remember what Daily did in chicago?
Detroit should just schedule fire department training.
Archer tried to put the city on the right track but the King Kwame Administration and the collapse of the auto industry were the last straw. Easy mortgages allowed folks from the inner city to finally make it to the suburbs and Detroit lost the last of its productive class and tax base. Pretty much all that is welfare mooches. Downtown was alright the last time I was there but the areas getting there look like Stalingrad after the siege.
Cavanaugh started the decline, Coleman Young exacerbated the process, Archer tried to arrest it and Kwame reveled in it. What is left is a dead city with no law and order.
My daughter used to live next door to the house on the left. They were restoring a gorgeous old house, that suspiciously burned before it was finished.