Skip to comments.Detroit's abandoned buildings draw tourists instead of developers
Posted on 12/27/2013 8:07:19 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota
DETROIT He'd heard stories of ruin and blight, but that didn't prepare Oliver Kearney for what he saw:
Prostitutes roaming the streets at 8 a.m., rubble-strewn parking lots overrun with weeds, buildings taken over by bright pink graffiti, the message scrawled on blackboards in deserted schools: "I will not write in vacant buildings."
He took 2,000 photographs his first day.
"No other American city has seen decline on this scale," Kearney said. "It's really a once-in-a-lifetime thing you're going to see."
And he saw it all on a tour.
Kearney, an 18-year-old aspiring architect, persuaded his father to travel with him from Britain to Detroit to participate in one of the city's few burgeoning industries: tours of abandoned factories, churches and schools.
Led by tour guide Jesse Welter, they crawled on their hands and knees to peek inside a train station closed long ago; they squeezed through a gap in a fence to climb the stairs of what was once a luxury high-rise; they ducked under crumbling doorways to see a forgotten ballroom where the Who held its first U.S. concert.
"In Detroit, you can relate, you can see traces of what's happened, you can really feel the history of a city," Kearney said. "In Europe, when things become derelict, they'll demolish them."
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People vote with their feet.
Redistribution. Central government control. Class warfare. Empathy for the criminal. All the virtues of Democrat philosophy.
What could go wrong?
...yeah they wanna see what bombed out Europe looked like....
Oh, is that so?
It’s a time machine, offering a rare opportunity to see America’s future.
Coming to a city near you, as obama has his way...
Read an interesting perspective on this. The author said that cities like Detroit had zero chance for ever recovering. They became cities because of employment opportunity. Not only did that leave, but the author opined it would never return for a variety of reasons. Re-inhabiting a preciously used site would be more expensive than building fresh and had large EPS cleanup costs. Businesses will only move to an area with adequate infrastructure and workforce. He had several more reasons, which escape me at the moment. The point is, once your city gets this bad you’d might as well throw in the towel.
It would be interesting to do a cause and effect timeline of Detroit regarding political and economic history...and then superimpose that to all the US cities that are circling down the toilet drain. You could project the amount of time before they are totally bankrupt.
Tourism to the run-down areas of Detroit?
These people are lucky they made it out alive.
Wow...their prostitutes are out at 8 am while their pimps sleep till noon?? They need to unionize.
They’re about to get a big dose of competition from Chicago, Croakland, East St. Louis, Camden, , Los Angeles, Cleveland, etc.
50 years of democrats.
...the vacant fields that enterprising farmers have turned into urban gardens. If tourists are going to look at the ruins, they should then volunteer in the community, many Detroiters say.
Put 'em to work in the rice paddies? How very Pol Pot of them. Detroiters: You did this. Nobody else. If the result of your effort is only to serve as a warning to others, then maybe you should smell yourself.
"The decay is not cool, not arty-farty," Jean Vortkamp, a community activist and onetime mayoral candidate, said in an email. "I see the lady with bags and three layers of clothes on, and then I see a group of white young people climb out of their dad's cars with cameras that are worth so much."
The soul of community activism laid bare: Envy and corruption. This is the cesspool the _resident stewed in and still drives him. You can't fix stupid, and I guess you can't fix entitled either.
Detroit: Obamaville 2034
I did in East Berlin in ‘62. Took a tour as a 15 year old and at the time most of East Berlin looked about like it probably did in ‘46/’47. Lots of debris and rubble including a Nazi emblazoned eagle lying on the ground. Gotta love communism. I’m sure it’s better now.
Spoken like a typical libtard with a typical libtard mindset. So it is all the fault of the tourists, eh?
The west is full of abandoned mining towns, some of which have been preserved as historical sites. I'm sure Detroit would like to think they are just a victim of similar circumstances and not self-inflicted libtard governance wounds. Even as they sit astride one of the best transportation hubs in North America.
Democrat/socialist/Marxist government has its effect. Detroit is it.
Why didn’t the photographer ponder that?
Coming soon to NYC.
“Led by tour guide Jesse Welter...”
Who said capitalism is dead?
But, I hope Jesse has a good liability policy.
There is one huge reason Detroit won’t recover. Bankruptcy will clear some debt and allow reorganization, it will not create taxpayers. Detroit needs private sector taxpayers. It doesn’t have them.
Baltimore MD, is well on its way to becoming the next.
There are thousands of boarded up homes and abandoned neighborhoods.
I used to work for Compuware and visited their new downtown headquarters in Detroit on two Occasions around 2003.
I remember sitting in the third or fourth floor (IIRC) lunchroom and watching the people in the street below. The street was mostly, but not all, closed down businesses.
While I ate lunch, I saw exactly four pedestrians on the street. Every single one of them checked the one public trash can for anything valuable. The pickin’s are slim when all the people on the street are street people.
I coined the phrase at the time: Detroit will be this country’s first “ex-city”.
Ever see “The Twelve Monkeys”. For the last several years I feel like the Bruce Willis character visiting the past. It’s almost tangible.
How about Beneath the Planet of the Apes. New York in that movie is what Detroit reminds me of.
Doh! All the stupid of liberals wrapped up in one sentence. The is just THE BEGINNING of more of this when liberal policies take over the whole country.
Where they see a problem due to lack of funding, we see a harbinger of things to come
Like some sort of post-apocalyptic theme park
All architects, engineers, planning commissions and city councils should have to tour Detroit with no police escort. For engineers and architects it should be a requirement or “regulation” to keep their license. Councilmen and planning commissioners should not be able to take office until they have produced their CERTIFICATE of Tour de Detroit!!
As a developer of 40 years, I can tell you this would help. The professions and politicians I have named above have conspired across the US to over-regulate development to a point to where growth and employment have been impacted. Engineering Associations in particular have effectively done to the developers what the IRS has done to taxpayers. Namely, they have contributed mightily to creating tens of thousands of pages of regulations that no one can understand.
The City of Austin once forced me through 3 jury trials over a code violation. The culprit?!........multiple dis-agreements over their ECM! What is an ECM? Well, the letters stand for Environmental Criteria Manual. The only trouble with that, testimony proved. was that the City COULD NOT produce the ECM! Why, because the only place it existed was in the mind of several City Staff Engineers. Un-necessary regulation in Austin alone ads to Everbodys cost of living. The figure in a large city is billions!
Their response? “We’ll, uh, duuh, it’s a quality of life issue”! Well, go take a Tour de Detroit and study their quality of life and constituency rewarding regulations that helped get them there! QOL is a much abused concept that is out of balance and needs common sense non engineer committees to take hard looks at it. It’s lowest common denominator is Crony Capitalism, ie corruption!
No, its not.
Problem there is that actually IS Philly, not a Hollywood set...
Seen them myself.
It is exactly like they say. Like a warzone. I saw a rotting boat in the middle of one street!
When you compare the place today like it was in 1910, it really hits you.
Detroit is DEAD, it just doesn’t know it yet.
Class of 1967
That’s Detroit for you.
Arrogant till the last building caves in.
Only if you die real soon.
Powerful (read oil and drug money) Islamists will bail Det out and in return they will establish a caliphate and institute Sharia law. The “citizens” will approve it because there will be no viable alternative due to the crash of the U.S. economy and with it the welfare state.
Liberalism in Detroit is every bit as powerful as the Blitzkrieg.
You are correct. The things that destroyed Detroit took effect in small town America beforehand. The taxes and regulations and comprehensive planning destroyed small towns first.
Problem there is that actually IS Philly, not a Hollywood set...
Big cities used to have conflagration fires every so often. It was urban renewal.
Why not? Detroit is a monument to Democrat stupidity.
Detroit isn’t a terribly liberal city. Its run by corrupt democrats but I doubt you will find a large city with much more freedom.
If given the choice between vaporizing Detroit or Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor would be the smoking crater.
Why are there so many strong opinions on here that Detroit can’t make a comeback?
If we’re clear on the fact that socialism destroyed the city, why is everyone suddenly lining up in opposition to Rand Paul’s plan to fix it through free market principles?
Whores at 8AM?That’s a new definition of morning eye opener.
Exactly. I got lost in Chicago once and was in an area that looked very much like Germany during WWII. Burned out buildings and piles of debris and trash in open fields. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see tanks driving up and down the streets.
Because any attempt to rebuild still has the same cast of characters. Don’t confuse good ideas with reality.
I don’t have the link handy but there’s a photo on the net that compares Detroit and Hiroshima in 1945, and now.
Democrats have destroyed the city more than an atomic bomb.
You can start your Detroit timeline with the forced integration of a white neighborhood with a black housing project (1942) followed by the June 20, 1943 riot and the subsequent occupation by U.S. troops, since Detroit was a bigger threat than the Japs or Germans.
“On January 20, 1942, Washington DC informed the Housing Commission that the Sojourner Truth housing project would be for whites and another would be selected for blacks. But when a suitable site for blacks could not be found, Washington D.C. housing authorities agreed to allow blacks into the finished homes, beginning February 28, 1942.”