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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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To: hosepipe

Exactly. Look at South Africa or East St. Louis. Yikes!


101 posted on 01/02/2011 11:23:09 AM PST by oldvike (I'm too drunk to taste THIS chicken)
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To: hcmama

You are looking at proof of how poorly the dem party is....how many years of dem control in Detriot?


102 posted on 01/02/2011 11:25:49 AM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: WaterBoard

Looks a lot like a diversity riot. Since the Dembulbs were running the city into the ground it’s not surprising to read how corrupt the city was at that time which had a mix of racism and police brutality that Black people there didn’t care for to the point of fighting back en mass.
http://www.67riots.rutgers.edu/d_index.htm


103 posted on 01/02/2011 11:28:00 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: hcmama

Unions


104 posted on 01/02/2011 11:28:35 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: hosepipe

“The truth is most cities primarily run by black people look like ghettos..
In the U.S, Africa or anywhere...
A Hard saying but it is true..

97+% of black voters voted for Obama...
Merely 3% were smart...”

That makes them the most progress community in the nation! But, of course, that depends on your definition of “progress.”


105 posted on 01/02/2011 11:29:50 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Ditter; nutmeg
In all seriousness, I see a potential opportunity here: Sell off the work work, windows, doors, chandeliers, etc. Turn Detroit into a huge salvage yard.

People pay good money for the stuff - look at “This Old House”.

The city can raise money to bulldoze the blight, and, more importantly, history lives on (via the craftsmanship of handmade American fixtures, etc.)

106 posted on 01/02/2011 11:32:25 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: hcmama

And America, in total, not far behind.


107 posted on 01/02/2011 11:35:16 AM PST by mulligan
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To: Aleya2Fairlie
Put those stinking Liberal Progressives back under the rocks they crawled from under NOW............

I'm afraid it may be too late for that. Just over 2 years ago 63 million-plus American adults voted for a "stinking Liberal Progressive" who made very few bones about what he and his fellow "progressives" have planned for the US and it's people. A 1/4-century from now all of the US will look worse and BE worse than Detroit today unless the millions of centrist voters of both major parties get a clue about what these mis-named "progressives" are doing to our nation before 2012 comes around. Worse yet, even a fiscally conservative administration and Congress might not be able to save the U.S. Multiple millions of us are so conditioned to what appear to be the goodies of the Marxist-lite welfare state that a conservative administration and Congress might be thrown out after one term of trying to reverse the 7-decade leftist political tide that has engulfed us in this sad state of political/fiscal affairs.

Neither conservative Repubs nor liberal Dems decide who governs America these days, the mushy-middle voter with no real commitment to either party does. And he/she usually tends to lean to the left, thank you very much Mr. American media. If the majority of mushy-middlers are so far out of touch with reality that they gave us Obama and his Marxist retinue, which they did, IMHO they're as dangerous as the far leftists who know exactly what they're doing. The founding fathers didn't intend for their progeny to live under a dictatorship of the proletariat (one that's actually a dictatorship of the erudite elitists). They must be rolling in their graves 24/7.

108 posted on 01/02/2011 11:35:39 AM PST by epow ( A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1)
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To: SamAdams76

Detroit has lost half of it’s population since the 50’s which is why so many buildings stand abandon.

No need to move the books, the other libraries are already full.

Even if the church is paid for... if there are not enough in the collection plate (not enough bodies in the pews) to pay for the minister, the heat and the lights... it gets abandoned.

the theater with the minivan parked inside was used in an episode of Detroit 187 (tv drama)


109 posted on 01/02/2011 11:37:23 AM PST by lack-of-trust
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To: WaterBoard

Mere child’s play to what’s coming. It will end when the Obamulan hordes attempt to riot & pillage in fly-over country.


110 posted on 01/02/2011 11:40:34 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: truthguy

It is easy to discover why Detroit is like it is.....Progressive/Socialist/Marxist DEMS were in control for how long????


111 posted on 01/02/2011 11:41:51 AM PST by seekthetruth (My 2012 Dream Ticket: Jim DeMint / Allen West (Sarah as Press Sec! :))
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To: GOPsterinMA

I WAS being serious! That hand crafted woodwork has value and it should be salvaged and sold. Why hasn’t anyone in Detroit thought of this? I am a grandmother in Texas and it was the first thing I thought of when I saw those beautiful old interiors.


112 posted on 01/02/2011 11:43:13 AM PST by Ditter
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To: bert

Seems to me if I wanted to get great farmland, Detroit would be a good place to look. I bet I could it at a fraction of the price, that I could in Iowa.


113 posted on 01/02/2011 11:46:14 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: epow
thank you very much Mr. American media.

I should have included the U.S. education establishment in my thanks. It has probably done more to bring us to this present point of imminent fiscal and social collapse than the media and the rest of the Marxist-lite bloc combined.

114 posted on 01/02/2011 11:47:21 AM PST by epow ( A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1)
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To: Ditter

Great minds and all that! :)

Scavenger hunt time - just remember to be armed to the teeth.

I love those old interiors too.


115 posted on 01/02/2011 11:54:10 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: hcmama
Detroit: The City Where the Sirens Never Sleep
116 posted on 01/02/2011 11:57:40 AM PST by Gritty (It's either Obama and the Democrats or America. You can't have both. - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: epow
I'm afraid it may be too late for that. Just over 2 years ago 63 million-plus American adults voted for a "stinking Liberal Progressive" who made very few bones about what he and his fellow "progressives" have planned for the US and it's people...

Congratulations. Your is one of the finest, most concise, and erudite posts I've ever read on this subject. You are spot on. I wish I could write that well.

BTW, I'm curious. Do you write for a living or do you write often in your line or work?
117 posted on 01/02/2011 11:58:05 AM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I bought some solid wood hand made doors over in Louisiana and had them cut to fit the doorways in my house. They are stripped to bare wood and they look great. I love stuff like that!

Let’s go to Detroit, I’ll stand guard and you can rip that old stuff out. K? ;*}


118 posted on 01/02/2011 12:01:27 PM PST by Ditter
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To: hcmama

Liberal black politicians and unions...see what they have brought us.


119 posted on 01/02/2011 12:02:14 PM PST by pgkdan (Protect and Defend America! End the practice of islam on our shores before it's too late!)
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To: Ditter

That hit me too. Isn’t there supposed to be a whole cottage industry devoted to salvaging old woodwork?

Don’t tell me, let me guess. This is Detroit, after all.

Howmuchyoowannabet that for various liberal government property/health/safety/regulatory reasons no legitimate business can cut through the red tape to be allowed to legally go in and salvage that stuff?


120 posted on 01/02/2011 12:03:30 PM PST by sinanju
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To: Ditter

Betcha many other salvage businesses have tried and failed to get permission to do it legally.


121 posted on 01/02/2011 12:05:33 PM PST by sinanju
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To: epow
A 1/4-century from now all of the US will look worse and BE worse than Detroit today unless the millions of centrist voters of both major parties get a clue about what these mis-named "progressives" are doing to our nation before 2012 comes around.

You forgot the Corruption that will be worse in all those locals, Just like Detroit's Corruption that is getting cleaned up now...

That is why Karmanos, Roger Penske and one other give Kawama Kilpatrick a "loan" of high 6 figures and promise of a job to get him "Off Stage" in Sept of 08' so that Obama could not be compared to Kawame. I bet that went all the way to the top of the DNC. It was too much of a distraction. Those gents mentioned are now in deep doo-doo as the Feds look into their "loan".

122 posted on 01/02/2011 12:09:51 PM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Ditter

That’s awesome!!! Did you strip them yourself?

Detroit? Ok, I’d love some wainescoting! Tell me when, I’ll pack the heat and the Kevlar.


123 posted on 01/02/2011 12:12:24 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: MaryFromMichigan

I would wager a bet that it is safer in downtown Baghdad than my old neighborhood near Detroit City Airport.


124 posted on 01/02/2011 12:13:21 PM PST by gigster
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To: WaterBoard

Do tell. Here in D.C. it took about a quarter-century before developers were willing to come back in force to build on those “parking lots” and knock down the old boarded-up houses and businesses and start to “gentrify” the NorthEast neighborhoods. I remember downtown D.C. in the seventies and eighties, that was one slow process. But hey? Who is going to invest millions building in a neighborhood when it can all be wiped away in a few “days of rage”?

What is Southeast L.A. looking like these days, I wonder? Rodney King and Reginald Denny were much more recent.


125 posted on 01/02/2011 12:13:27 PM PST by sinanju
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To: RC2
It needs to be leveled and turned into pasture.

A better idea would be to put a fence around it, call it the Museum of Liberalism and charge admission to schools and tour groups.

126 posted on 01/02/2011 12:17:54 PM PST by garbanzo (You better hold on; This one's about to get bumpy.)
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To: garbanzo

“A better idea would be to put a fence around it”

A la “Escape From New York”?

If Hollyweird ever remakes it, Detroit would be the perfect location for filming.


127 posted on 01/02/2011 12:23:37 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Check out The Onion-Detroit Sold For Scrap-April 5 2006.


128 posted on 01/02/2011 12:23:39 PM PST by gigster
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To: hcmama

Most islamic-infested city in America as well. Coincidence? Nope it’s run by PC multicultural black liberal politicians.


129 posted on 01/02/2011 12:23:52 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: gigster

Thanks! Now that’s funny!!!


130 posted on 01/02/2011 12:29:29 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (RomneyCare is Mitt`s Chappaquiddick)
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To: Hardastarboard

Who would eat anything grown in that soil after 100+ years of industrial pollution.


131 posted on 01/02/2011 12:32:57 PM PST by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: Aleya2Fairlie

Thanks for posting that excellent video by Steven Crowder.

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

I urge everyone to watch it.


132 posted on 01/02/2011 12:37:16 PM PST by samtheman
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To: j_tull

Interesting thought. Detroit is a toxic sewer, due to rampant capitalism, unenforced regulations, illegal dumping, or all of the above.

if we deregulate and get manufacturing jobs to re-appear in the US, will more cities become like this.


133 posted on 01/02/2011 12:39:42 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.....)
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To: hcmama

I could only look at the first 6 pictures, and then I had to stop, feeling more thandistressed, ashamed. It’s looking at pictures of the decomposition of a corpse.


134 posted on 01/02/2011 12:52:46 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("Do you mean now?" ---Yogi Berra, when asked "What time is it?" ---)
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To: hcmama

>>Truly sad and frightening to see how steep the decline has been and how it occurred over a relatively short period.

It has been a 40 year plus slide. The city proper had major issues going back to the 1960s.


135 posted on 01/02/2011 1:01:54 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est.)
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To: hosepipe

“Could it be that you are ....WronG!...”

Sure, I could be wrong. On the other hand, maybe those cites (and other places)have not as yet arrived at the end of their life cycle. life cycles may vary with cities as with animals, plants, humans, etc. :)


136 posted on 01/02/2011 1:09:12 PM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: RC2

“The only problem with this is that the people living in that slum will move to other cities and destroy them also. The country needs to come down on these people and come down hard on them.”

Look at many of the Katrina refugees that are in other states’ cities with no intention of going back. I thank God NJ doesn’t share a border with Louisiana. We had a scandal here where realtors were diverting urban blacks from NJ to Altoona, Pennsylvania; nobody wants the hot potato.


137 posted on 01/02/2011 1:10:48 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: nathanbedford

bump


138 posted on 01/02/2011 1:11:17 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: castlegreyskull

“Seems to me if I wanted to get great farmland, Detroit would be a good place to look.”

The land might be cheaper, but you have to pay a platoon to guard during the harvest (not just to protect workers/equipment, but also so the locusts don’t get your crops at night).


139 posted on 01/02/2011 1:15:42 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: hcmama

140 posted on 01/02/2011 1:16:14 PM PST by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: hcmama

East Side Public Library

(Obama's hope for ALL of the USA)

141 posted on 01/02/2011 1:16:23 PM PST by Condor51 (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: riri

“I went back to upstate NY over the summer, it was unbelievable in some areas. Complete ghetto, complete lack of care of maintenance, the trees and greenery looked like it was returning to the wild. I kept thinking, “WTH are you people paying nearly all your money to the government for, to live like this?””

Upstate NY had less of a problem “demographically” than it had competing with other states (not countries). As the jobs left, there was no reason for people to stay in areas with fairly harsh winters. They were replaced by the Section 8 underclass, who continue to drive out any that dreamed of staying.


142 posted on 01/02/2011 1:21:09 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: epow

I know just what you mean and must agree to some extent. However, I sincerely hope it isn’t too late.

If I had my way, no one would be allowed to vote until they passed a basic civics exam and could state the reason for their choices. (I know. Silly dream.)


143 posted on 01/02/2011 1:21:29 PM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: Bobalu

That brick. mansard roofed Second Empire style house on the next to the last row of photos appears to be out in the country. Somebody really should rescue it from collapsing, it’s too nice for such a fate. Heck, most of them are, it’s just sickening for an architecture and history buff such as myself.


144 posted on 01/02/2011 1:22:52 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Condor51

Yeah, that was the image that most disturbed me.


145 posted on 01/02/2011 1:25:24 PM PST by hcmama
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To: Tax-chick

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

************************************************

They’re just too difficult to trade for crack.


146 posted on 01/02/2011 1:25:29 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: rdcbn

Yes, the similarity is striking. Thanks for the link.


147 posted on 01/02/2011 1:25:34 PM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Jack Hydrazine

All evidence points to what you say as being true. Perhaps enough people will get over their fear of stating the obvious to come up with some solutions. The right to govern themselves was won long ago. It’s no one’s fault but their own if they lack the ability to do so.

Quotas and Affirmative Action haven’t benefited any group to which they have been extended, but only the brave will point out that fact.


148 posted on 01/02/2011 1:27:20 PM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: Bobalu

Never been to Detroit (and certainly don’t want to visit now). The city looks post-apocalyptic.


149 posted on 01/02/2011 1:30:35 PM PST by hcmama
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To: RC2
They are nothing but animals.

"Feral humans" was the term some FReeper came up with.

150 posted on 01/02/2011 1:33:01 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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