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Detroit in ruins
The Guardian ^ | January 2, 2011 | Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

Posted on 01/02/2011 9:37:18 AM PST by hcmama

Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; detroit; fail; gloriesofsocialism; unioncity; unions; wagesofliberalism
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1 posted on 01/02/2011 9:37:20 AM PST by hcmama
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To: hcmama

Amazing look at what Detroit once was and what it is today. Truly sad and frightening to see how steep the decline has been and how it occurred over a relatively short period.


2 posted on 01/02/2011 9:40:25 AM PST by hcmama
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To: hcmama

unions


3 posted on 01/02/2011 9:40:38 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: hcmama

The documentation of the effects of Johnson’s great society and liberalism’s on our country. We don’t need any other proof that we are on the wrong path. Looking at Europe only strengthens the arguments against liberalism run amok.


4 posted on 01/02/2011 9:42:42 AM PST by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...never vote for the Ivy League candidate.)
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To: hcmama

Decades of political corruption and dependence on gubmint hand outs take their toll. What a shame.


5 posted on 01/02/2011 9:42:56 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Happy New Year to all fellow FReepers!)
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To: FrankR

It is as though the city had been sacked by the Vandals...


6 posted on 01/02/2011 9:43:18 AM PST by hcmama
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To: hcmama

Also illustrates a people of that area who have turned away from God.


7 posted on 01/02/2011 9:44:28 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Happy New Year to all fellow FReepers!)
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To: FrankR

So sad.
Uncles on my dad’s side saw this coming and got out before and just after the Detroit riots. They worked for Ford, in the corporate office and on the line and had good lives. Then, something changed...


8 posted on 01/02/2011 9:44:48 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: hcmama

Take a visual tour of the s**thole:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JbGxIR8JTk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6WKMNmFsxM

The result of “ progressivism, social justice, wealth redistribution, collectivism, marxism, socialism” , etc, etc, whatever double-speak words they use for Totalitarianism


9 posted on 01/02/2011 9:45:24 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: hcmama
It is equally amazing, or should be but it is not, that no discussion in polite company can be conducted concerning the disintegration of Detroit-or virtually any other American inner city for that matter-that is not politically correct.

Until we can speak the truth, we cannot hope to cope.


10 posted on 01/02/2011 9:45:52 AM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: hcmama

Soon to be in other cities. Many are already seeing this blight.


11 posted on 01/02/2011 9:46:11 AM PST by fuente
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To: hcmama
Nothing a few billion in stimulus money can't fix!
It certainly cannot be the fault of the local populace. They are/were all such good, law-abiding; civic-minded people.
12 posted on 01/02/2011 9:46:31 AM PST by jla
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To: hcmama

Welcome to Somalia. Detroit is now a ghetto. It needs to be leveled and turned into pasture.


13 posted on 01/02/2011 9:46:53 AM PST by RC2
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To: hcmama

Try watching the movie “Four Brothers”. Also an episode of Criminal minds about the hog farmer abducting derelects off the streets of detroit.


14 posted on 01/02/2011 9:46:55 AM PST by eastforker (Visit me at http://www.eastforker.com)
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To: hcmama
Some really beautiful interiors. This is one time I hope that someone removes as much as possible so that the craftsmanship will not be lost. Such a shame.
15 posted on 01/02/2011 9:47:28 AM PST by ladyvet
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To: hcmama

Hollywood could use it as scenery for a dozen post-apocalyptic movies.


16 posted on 01/02/2011 9:48:33 AM PST by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: hcmama
This very subject has been posted here before.
There is a series of YouTube videos that depict block after block of deserted, looted, rotting neighborhoods.
You literally can't tell parts of Detroit from a war zone.
17 posted on 01/02/2011 9:48:39 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: hcmama
"It is as though the city had been sacked by the Vandals..."

Pretty much has been and by vandals elected by popular vote.

18 posted on 01/02/2011 9:48:40 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: nathanbedford

No doubt the other side of the ideological fence would look at these images and say they are the product of white flight, lack of an “industrial policy,” or any other variety of liberal grievance. That begs the question: What political party has had a lock on the city over the last 50 years?


19 posted on 01/02/2011 9:49:35 AM PST by hcmama
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To: hcmama

Sickening.


20 posted on 01/02/2011 9:49:48 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: RC2
It needs to be leveled and turned into pasture.

I was there like 10 years ago and saw an aerial photo of Tigers stadium. Even then it looked like you could take a D-9 Cat and work hard for 3 days and turn the whole city back into prime farm ground. Along about that time I read that Detroit residents were spotting pheasants growing wild within the city limits. I'm sure it's even worse now.

21 posted on 01/02/2011 9:50:03 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Bringing children to America without immigration documents is child abuse. Let's end it.)
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To: fuente
Many are already seeing this blight.

Let's hope they see the light.

22 posted on 01/02/2011 9:50:39 AM PST by Salvey
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To: hcmama

The Guardian was, and is, fully supportive of the policies that created this nightmare.


23 posted on 01/02/2011 9:51:44 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: hcmama
Starnesville.

The Triumph of Socialism.

ML/NJ

24 posted on 01/02/2011 9:51:52 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: hoosiermama; STARWISE; Liz; onyx; penelopesire; SE Mom; LucyT

PING!

:’ o (


25 posted on 01/02/2011 9:52:08 AM PST by maggief
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To: hcmama

Masterful photography of the effect of liberalism on a great city.


26 posted on 01/02/2011 9:53:00 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause." - Jim DeMint)
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To: hcmama
Detroit’s Vanity Ballroom with its unsalvaged art deco chandeliers

I don't understand why the furniture and fixtures in these places have not been salvaged. I want the chairs from the Presbyterian Church!

27 posted on 01/02/2011 9:53:11 AM PST by Tax-chick (The gifts we have, we are given to share.)
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To: hcmama

This city is just a sampling of the Deathwish obama has for the entire 57 states.


28 posted on 01/02/2011 9:53:19 AM PST by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: hcmama

Destruction by savages who would not know where to place the first line on a drawing.


29 posted on 01/02/2011 9:53:46 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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30 posted on 01/02/2011 9:54:42 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: fuente
Soon to be in other cities.

The thing about Detroit is that it was once among our wealthiest cities.

ML/NJ

31 posted on 01/02/2011 9:54:42 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: jla

I was in Detroit after the riots. I attended a convention that was held in the big glass towers. Word was that there were more cops in the towers than on the street. Until they put the hammer down on those people it will continue in every major city in the country. They are nothing but animals.


32 posted on 01/02/2011 9:54:56 AM PST by RC2
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To: Hardastarboard

Pheasants in the city? That’s actually wonderful.


33 posted on 01/02/2011 9:55:10 AM PST by SgtHooper
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To: hcmama

The total dollar value of the damage done to US cities by the War on Poverty (and its successors) far, far exceeds the dollar value of the damage done to London by the Luftwaffe in WWII.


34 posted on 01/02/2011 9:55:55 AM PST by samtheman
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To: prairiebreeze

Detroit, Tragedy of the Commons


35 posted on 01/02/2011 9:56:33 AM PST by griswold3 (Employment is off-shored, away from govt. regulations, price pressure groups, and liabilities.)
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To: RC2

——It needs to be leveled and turned into pasture.——

The current mayor has proposed just that. There are neighborhoods for which services are provided and almost no people. The proposal is to cease services to these near dead neighborhoods, move the few remaining residents, mainly older single women, into refurbished city owned residences in thriving neighborhoods.

The vacated areas will in fact be plowed under and de annexed

He has a workable plan that could solve many problems


36 posted on 01/02/2011 9:56:52 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: hcmama

The fruits of governance by those with low IQ and poor impulse control.


37 posted on 01/02/2011 9:57:16 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: hcmama

or the Amish...


38 posted on 01/02/2011 9:57:20 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: MaryFromMichigan
I have seen those and you are right--block after block of Detroit looks like Beirut or something.

I guess these images of these beautiful buildings with their brilliant architecture left to molder away looked like something you see when a civilization is destroyed. The books rotting away in the library especially get to me.

39 posted on 01/02/2011 9:57:59 AM PST by hcmama
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To: hcmama
There is a simple explanation for this.

We haven't pumped enough tax dollars into the city.

All the best cities in the country receive all the wealth transfer while Detroit is left out to dry.

40 posted on 01/02/2011 9:58:29 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: samtheman

Here’s some more eye-opening documentary and video by Steven Crowder.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hhJ_49leBw&feature=related


41 posted on 01/02/2011 9:58:55 AM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: hcmama

The videos on YouTube are incredible. Americans traded liberty and freedom for a TV clicker.


42 posted on 01/02/2011 9:58:57 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: hcmama

This is what happens when Amish take over cities. Sad but true. Think I’ll stay out here in the country and let the big cities rot. Eff them.


43 posted on 01/02/2011 9:59:00 AM PST by oldvike (I'm too drunk to taste THIS chicken)
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To: hcmama

Guess all the flooring was used for firewood (or weapons)??? There was a group of photos posted here a year or so ago of homes (once occupied) now grown over with trees and ivy that was shocking enough — but these are public buildings.


44 posted on 01/02/2011 9:59:10 AM PST by bunster
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To: nathanbedford

You got that right. People run around in circles and offer all kinds of excuses as to why but ignore the one thing that is consistent in each and every one of these s**t holes.


45 posted on 01/02/2011 10:00:23 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: hcmama
It is as though the city had been sacked by the Vandals...

Er, I don't think they're Germans who did this.

46 posted on 01/02/2011 10:00:37 AM PST by jla
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To: RC2

They are working on that...

Deep in financial crisis, Detroit wants to save itself by turning urban areas back to farmland

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/deep_in_financial_crisis_detro.html

Plowing Detroit Into Farmland

http://ideas.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/plowing-detroit-into-farmland/


47 posted on 01/02/2011 10:01:37 AM PST by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Hardastarboard
I read that Detroit residents were spotting pheasants growing wild within the city limits

I've seen them myself while spending 35 years at my plant on Detroit's east side. Just missed hitting a rooster with my car, it's wing clipped my front windshield.....

48 posted on 01/02/2011 10:01:50 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (There's only one cure for Obamarrhea......)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Yes. The Guardian is a leftist - trade union paper. The same people (leftist - Musgabe types) who destroyed Detroit are destroying America.

ALL of TV support them including Fox.


49 posted on 01/02/2011 10:01:58 AM PST by Frantzie (Slaves do not have freedom only the illusion of freedom & their cable TV to drool at)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

It look like the pictures of the town of Chernobyl after the nuclear disaster.

http://villageofjoy.com/chernobyl-today-a-creepy-story-told-in-pictures/

In retrospect, the Democrats have done a much better job destroying the country than the Russians ever could have with bombs


50 posted on 01/02/2011 10:04:19 AM PST by rdcbn
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